Millet can be purchased in health food stores and some groceries. It is a small, yellowish round grain that looks much like couscous. It is a good source of phosphorus, B vitamins, iron, and the essential amino acid lysine. It is easy to digest, and is also easy to cook and can be used in a variety of recipes.
Before cooking millet rinse it thoroughly under running water. Add one part millet to two and a half parts boiling water or broth. After the liquid has returned to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 25 minutes. The texture of millet cooked this way will be fluffy like rice. If you want the millet to have a more creamy consistency, stir it frequently adding a little water every now and then.
For a nuttier flavor to the cooked millet, you could roast the grains first before boiling. To do this, place the grains in a dry skillet over medium heat and stir them frequently. When they have achieved a golden color, add them to the boiling cooking liquid.
The protein content in millet is very close to that of wheat; both provide about 11% protein by weight. Millet is rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Millet contains no gluten, so they are not suitable for raised bread.
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