Millets were the cereal of mankind's history and will be the cereal of our collective future. When compared to many cereal grains, millets are not too much of a burden to the soil, are rain-fed, and are both drought and pest resistant. This makes millets a grain of choice not only for our nutritional needs but also for the health and well being of our planet.
Millets are gluten-free, have a high protein as well as fibre content as well as antioxidants. Millets have more essential Amino acids than most cereals and some varieties such as Finger millets even provide about 13% of the Daily Value of calcium per one cooked cup (100 grams).
Millets are also very versatile and can be used to make all meals as well as desserts and snacks.
Here's a quick recipe for Millet - Almond Porridge
2 to 3 tablespoon Finger Millet Flour
5 Almonds ( soaked overnight )
3 to 5 dates ( Pitted ) or 8 to 10 Raisins (soaked overnight)
One or two pinches of Cardamom powder
Serves 1Cooking time: 5 to 7 minutes
Cooking Method :
a) Add the almonds, cardamom powder and the dates in a blender with some water. Blend till it becomes almond milk. Do not sieve the almond milk.
b) Put the finger millet flour in a saucepan, add the water and whisk till it dissolves. Cook on medium heat. Keep stirring so that no lumps are formed,
c) Add the almond milk and keep stirring.
Remove from the heat source and enjoy.
This nutritious and delicious porridge is filling and easy to cook. You could try other millets as they are pretty versatile. If Millet flour is unavailable, you can soak millets overnight. Blend and cook till soft before adding the almond milk with dates etc. This will take much longer to cook.
Note: I don't recommend sieving the almond milk as I suggest that the fibre remain. Ayurveda recommends removing the Almond skin after soaking overnight as it contains tannins, is heaty in nature and It may not suit people with a Pitta ( Fire ) constitution.