Tuesday, October 16, 2007

SPICY MILLET



This recipe has many variants and is usually, I believe, cooked in a casserole in the oven. I have tried that, but much prefer my crockpot for this kind of recipe. Rather than chopping onions, garlic, celery and fresh herbs, it uses those things usually on the spice shelf and, in my opinion, is preferable to the 'real' veggies version - I have indeed tried both. Here's my version:

SPICY MILLET

5 cups water, to which is added a couple of tsp vegetable stock powder
1-1/4 cups millet
1-1/2 tsp dried dillweed
1/4 tsp celery seed
1 tsp powdered garlic
1/2 tsp crushed dried red chilies
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp toasted onion flakes
2-1/2 Tbsp soy lecithin granules
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot/slowcooker, set to High, cover and let cook for about three hours (some cookers are set at a higher temperature than others, so you will need to check). It comes out as very very stiff 'porridge' and is unbelievably good!



It looks a little lonely on that plate, I'd say, but we accompanied it with, of all things, some Green Beans With Mushrooms (Indian-style) from one of Madhur Jaffrey's books and lightly spiced and lightly steamed chard.

We preceded it with a salad and followed it with fresh strawberries and oranges (see next entry).

3 comments:

Courtney said...

What is the point of the addition of soy lecithin granules to the millet mixture? I see that here and there in various recipes, but have never actually bought any to use...do you think it adds anything, really? Thanks!

Courtney

River said...

I was advised to get some to add to flax seed when making a 'flax egg' for cooking. I did, and it gave the dish something of an eggy taste (without the sulphur taste!). When I saw soy lecithin in this recipe some time ago, it was easy for me to add soy lecithin. You could probably skip it if you don't use it regularly. It is supposed to have some properties for lowering cholesterol (for those who need it) too and other good things, but I use it because it's there! LOL

Courtney said...

Thanks River! I have been debating picking some up, but I may just try the recipe without it and see what happens!

Courtney