How to Cook Millet Porridge Without Having to Toss it Out
How do you cook millet? Do you just boil and simmer? Yeah, you can do that if you want to toss it out in the end. Why would you end up tossing it? Because no one’s going to like the way it tastes, and neither will you. It will sit in the fridge for the week and get thrown out by Friday. That doesn’t have to be; because I’m going to show you how to cook millet porridge and make it DELICIOUS!
What Can You Make With Millet?
You can use millet to cook many things. You can add it to salads by under-cooking it to add texture to a salad mixture. You can light salt it, cook it until it’s soft, yet still firm, and eat it as a side dish just like rice. Or you can make it into a healthy, yet deliciously irresistible porridge—if done right.
Those are just some suggestions to start. There are many ways to use it, and the limit is your imagination. We’re concentrating on porridge for this discussion, so we’ll leave the other ideas for another day.
Millet Porridge Benefits
Is millet right for you? How will making millet porridge benefit you? In other words, what makes it a better choice for the average home chef? I’m going to assume you are already well aware of the benefits of millet, so I won’t go into details about the good it can do for your health.
Let’s instead talk about the benefits of making millet porridge versus just boiling it. The first thing that’s great about millet porridge is convenience. Because it will take at least 20 minutes to simmer to millet, that can be challenging in the morning when the time is short.If you didn’t know, you would sweep the idea of making the porridge under the carpet and pretend you’ve never heard of it.
BUT—and that’s a big bug—you can make it ahead of time. That’s right; porridge is easy to heat up the next morning. So the night before, you can make a batch and store it in the fridge. In the morning, just gently heat it up, and toss in your favorite toppings (more on that later) and you have a healthy and delicious breakfast to get powered up head start for the day.
Which Millet is the Best?
You might be itching to get to the cooking instructions and the recipe, but before you jump to it, let’s talk about the different varieties of millet. Some people want to know which one is best for them, and you might be interested too so let’s quickly talk about the different kinds of millet.
- Pearl millet is the most widely grown available millet variety. It’s rich in phosphorus and magnesium. It’s excellent for reducing the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. It should be lightly colored—resembling tan to light yellow.
- Finger millet is also known as African finger millet. Sometimes it’s also called red millet because of it’s color, a dark bred. Finger millet is rich in calcium, protein, and It’s also filled with anti-oxidants.
- Foxtail millet is a bright yellow.It’s high in iron and helps control blood sugar levels.
- Kodo millet is while and almost looks like tiny grains of rice. It’s high in fiber and helps fight diabetes.
- Little millet is also white, but it’s smaller than Kodo It’s high in fiber and iron.
- Barnyard millet is another white millet that is rich in fiber, phosphorus, and It has a low glycemic index and will help reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes and heart problems.
With the six most popular varieties of millet listed, that brings us back to our original question, doesn’t it? Which of these six types of millet is the best? The answer is all of them are good. You’ll have to try a few of them (or even better, all of them) and decide for yourself which one you like best. Regarding health benefits, they’re all right for you. It all comes down to personal preferences.
My personal favorite is the pearl type. Why do I prefer pearl millet? They’re what I usually find at the store. I’ve tried others, but they’re harder for me to buy locally.
Millet Porridge Recipe
I think we’ve talked enough about millet, so let’s get down to my promise I made earlier; telling you how to cook a delicious millet porridge that won’t get tossed out.
- 1/3 cup millet
1/2 cup water
- ½ milk
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- Maple syrup
These are toppings used to add that finishing touch to your bowl of porridge. They’re the secret to making sure the porridge doesn’t get tossed because they are super delicious (and they’re exactly what want). Choose whichever toppings you like. For the little ones, offer them a selection and let them choose their favorite toppings.
Below are some of my favorite toppings, and you can always add your own.
- Strawberry slices
- Banana slices
- Apple slices
- Raspberries, blueberries, or any other berry
- Add all the ingredients listed above (except for the syrup) in a small saucepan.
- Bring the pan to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer it for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it cool down a bit first.
To eat it right away, drizzle some maple syrup over the bowl of porridge and add your favorite topping on to. Enjoy it, because it is super yummy!
If you’re making it for the next morning, skip the maple syrup for now. Allow it to cool to room temperature, cover it and place it in the fridge. The next day, heat it up on low heat. Once it’s heated, add the maple syrup and the toppings.
That’s all there is. Now that you know how to cook millet porridge, and make it delicious, there’s no reason not to make any. It’s a great substitute if you’re trying to go gluten-free. It’s also loaded with a bunch of health benefits, so go ahead and give it a try.