Curry Millet Pilaf with Cashews

This recipe is a variation of my Curry Quinoa Salad. When the price of quinoa increased, I decided to try out some of my recipes with millet instead. Millet is a healthy whole grain that is naturally gluten-free and easy to digest. It is not often eaten in our country, but is readily available in natural food stores. Millet is very inexpensive and cooks up in less than 30 minutes.  I was happy to discover that this recipe works quite well with millet. I got great reviews from our customers.


2 cups water
1 vegetable bouillon cube (or 1 teaspoon salt)
2 teaspoons curry powder (or to taste)
1 cup uncooked millet, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
½ cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
2–3 cups chopped vegetables (green beans, broccoli, etc.)
1 cup chopped kale (or other leafy greens)
½ cup toasted cashew pieces
¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins

Put water, bouillon, and curry powder into a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add millet. Cover and return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 20–25 minutes, until tender. Keep covered; millet will soften. Set aside. Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, until onions turn translucent. Add other veggies (except the leafy greens). Cook until tender, adding a little water if needed, but be sure that all water is absorbed before adding to the millet. Add kale and cook until tender. Fluff the millet and then add the veggies. Stir to combine. Toss in remaining ingredients. Serve warm, hot or at room temperature. Serves 4.

Health Benefits of Millet

  1. Millet is alkaline and it digests easily.
  2. Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated.
  3. Millet acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem.
  4. The serotonin in millet is calming to your moods.
  5. Millet is a smart carb with lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice.
  6. Magnesium in millet can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks.
  7. Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.
  8. Millet consumption decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein. Scientists in Seoul, South Korea concluded that millet may be useful in preventing cardiovascular disease.
  9. All millet varieties show high antioxidant activity.
  10. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for sensitive individuals.
  11. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetarian diet.

Health Benefits of Curry Powder

Curry Powder is a popular spice mix that has a number of valuable health benefits, including the prevention of cancer, protection against heart disease, reduce Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, ease pain and inflammation, boost bone health, protect the immune system from bacterial infections,  and increase the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body. Curry powder is made up of numerous ingredients, and depending on the region of the world, they can change slightly, which can also alter the specific health benefits that may be derived from the powder. The most common and advantageous ingredients of curry powder are turmeric, coriander, cardamom, cumin and red pepper. Some other ingredients that are occasionally added, depending on the specific recipe, are fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, or mustard seeds, all of which have individual health benefits.


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