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I often prepare porridge when I am running low on time. Not only is it quick but it is filling too. I prefer whole foxtail millet for porridge as it is a great source of calcium, copper, iron, manganese, and methionine. It helps keep the body strong and is diabetic friendly. You can add honey, warm milk, and nuts or even Muesli in the Dates millet porridge.
Washing and soaking grains are essential before eating. This removes the phytic acid in grains improving absorption of zinc, iron, and calcium. For best results, let it simmer and do not peek under the cover at this stage. Millet cooks well under trapped steam. This is the time I take to relax a bit or do other things. Here is the recipe.
1 cup Organic Foxtail millet, whole (Click to buy)
2 1/2 cups boiling hot water
1/2 cup Organic whole milk (Click to buy)
2-3 Dates (Optional for garnishing)
Organic Groundnut Oil 1 tablespoon (Click to buy)
A cup of raw organic millet will yield over 3 cups of cooked millet. In a medium-size saucepan, toast a cup of raw millet till they are golden brown and smell, on medium flame.
First grease the cooking pot with a little butter or vegetable oil.
Now, add one cup of toasted millet and water. Stir well and cover it to cook. Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes or till it absorbs all the water.
Then remove from heat and allow it to stand for another ten minutes.
Now add Organic whole milk and pitted dates or Gogi berries and blend it for a few minutes till it is smooth (optional).
Then return it to the flame and cook for another few minutes till it is creamy. Finally, garnish with dates and nuts – cashews, pistachio or almonds and relish in the warmth.
- Do not peek while it simmers.
- You can remove from the heat when you do not hear any water and looks like most of the water is gone; let it stand for ten minutes.
- Fluff up the millet with a fork for a dense and heartier feel.
- Turn it into a treat – add coconut milk, chocolate chips, and pistachios or any other nut.
- If you don’t fancy dates or are looking for vegan options, add Gogi berries.