This is a fun way to prepare millet. Croquettes are crispy, savory cakes (patties) that can be made with a variety of ingredients. In this recipe all the seasonings are cooked into the millet; this adds a depth of flavor to the patties. The starch in the millet binds the croquettes (no eggs or flour needed). It’s easy to prepare and so delicious!
1¼ cups water
½ cup millet, rinsed and drained
½ vegetable bouillon cube
1–2 tablespoons grated red or white onion
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder (or to taste)
Olive oil (or your favorite oil) for cooking
Add all ingredients (except the olive oil) to a medium-size saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes, or until water is evaporated and millet is well cooked. When done, remove from heat and keep covered for at least 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Heat 2–3 teaspoons olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. With 2 tablespoons of millet mixture form 2½–3 inch patties. Add to the skillet and cook each side for 5–7 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Make 12 patties. Serve warm or hot. Goes great with Tomato Chutney or raita.
Benefits of Millet
Millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavor, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available. It is one of the few grains that is alkalizing to the body.
- Millet is alkaline and it digests easily.
- Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated.
- Millet acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem.
- The serotonin in millet is calming to your moods.
- 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.
- Magnesium in millet can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks.
- Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol
- Millet consumption decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein. Scientists in Seoul, South Korea concluded that millet may be useful in preventing cardiovascular disease.
- All millet varieties show high antioxidant activity.
- Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for sensitive individuals.
- Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetarian diet.