June 06, 2017

If you are feeling guilty about your weekend dietary transgressions, we've got the health fix you need right here.

Ramasamy Selvaraju, Executive Chef, Vivanta by Taj, is cooking up a storm with his innovative take on millet dishes. His Multi Millet Ravioli has become a hot favourite.

In our last post, we spoke about how millets, a 5000-year-old grain with its origins in Africa, are making a major comeback. Chefs at some very high-end eateries are embracing it.

Ramasamy Selvaraju, Executive Chef, Vivanta by Taj says, "The significance and impact of millets has been recorded in a lot of historical manuscripts, and references to bread baked from millet is made even in the bible. Over time this has declined, however it is quite heartening to see that slowly but steadily millet is getting recognised."

According to this master chef, cooking millet is an easy process. You need to make sure that the seeds are well cleaned, and boil one part of millet with two to three parts of water or stock. For a delicious roasted, nutty flavour, toast the seeds before adding any liquid.

To get you started on your experiment with millets, The Good City Crew has put together a few simple recipes here. Bon appétit!

1. Coconut Millet Porridge a breakfast treat with a vegan twist

Coconut Millet Porridge for a super healthy vegan breakfast. Image Source

What you need:

1. ½ cup ragi millet, rinsed and drained
2. ½ cup coconut milk
3. 1 ½ cups water
4. A pinch of salt

What to do:

1. In a saucepan, combine the ragi millet and water and bring to a boil.
2. Add a pinch of salt.
3. Cook on low heat for roughly 20 minutes until consistency is like regular oatmeal porridge.
4. Add coconut milk and let it simmer.
5. Take it off the heat and serve with nuts/raspberries and/or chocolate/strawberry syrup.

2. Ragi banana pancakes for an extra healthy breakfast favourite

 Ragi banana pancakes for that Sunday feeling. Image Source

What you need:

1. 1 cup ragi (finger millet) flour
2. 1 large banana, mashed
3. 1 egg
4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
5. A pinch of salt
6. Oil

What to do:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make sure the consistency is neither too thick or too watery, but just enough to be able to pour it.
  2. Heat a pan on medium heat with a little oil.
  3. Once hot, ladle of the batter on to the pan.
  4. Allow it to cook.
  5. Once you see it steaming with bubbles forming on top, flip the pancake.
  6. Allow it to cook for around 30 seconds.
  7. Once the other side is cooked, flip again and serve it hot with maple syrup, chocolate sauce or bananas on the side.

3. Strawberry millet smoothie for a quick snack

 Strawberry millet smoothie for a hot summer day. Image Source

What you need:

  1. ½ cup millets, cooked
  2. 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  3. 1 small banana (or ½ a mango)
  4. 1 cup red grape juice
  5. ½ cup ice, crushed

What to do:

1. Place all the ingredients into the blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Serve in glasses immediately.

4. A simple millet pulao for a hearty meal

 Millet pulao for a hearty meal. Image Source

What you need:

1. 1 cup varagu/kodo millet
2. 1 carrot, chopped
3. 1 potato, chopped
4. 1 onion, chopped
5. 2 green chilli, slit
6. ? cup peas
7. 5 beans, chopped
8. 10 nos, curry leaves
9. 1 tsp, cumin seeds
10. 1 inch piece cinnamon
11. 2 cloves
12. 1 bay leaf
13. 1 tsp, ginger-garlic paste
14. 1 ½ cups, water
15. Oil
16. Salt, to taste

What to do:

  1. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf.
  2. Add onions and ginger-garlic paste.
  3. Fry until the raw smell goes away.
  4. Add the chopped veggies and fry for around 2 minutes. Add salt if necessary.
  5. Add the washed millets and mix well.
  6. Once it's dry, pressure cook with salt and water for four whistles.
  7. Serve with raita and pickle.

For more healthy and yummy recipes, check out our Food section!