Monday, June 11, 2012

Mexican Millet

Millet is something popular amongst countries such as Africa and India. It is a small grain which has been cultivated in East Asia for more than 10,000 years. This food is totally new to me, and I really had no idea what to do with it. Its nutritional value is high in energy, protein, fiber, magnesium, and contains B6 vitamins as well as other important things.

This recipe is a spin on spanish rice. It is good as a side, or a healthy, tasty snack. I found myself nibbling on this (hot and cold) whenever I wanted something to snack on.

1 cup millet
1 small yellow onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/3 cup tomato
3 tblsp tomato paste
1 jalapeño (seeded / minced)
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 tsp cumin
2 tblsp peanut oil

Heat oil and sauté onions until transparent. Add jalapeño and garlic until soft. Stir in millet until golden brown. Pour in vegetable broth and add tomato paste, salt, cumin, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then lower temperature an simmer 25-30 minutes.