Discovering Ancient Grains: What is Millet?

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discovering milletWhich grain was first farmed nearly 10,000 years ago? Which grain was revered as one of five sacred crops in ancient China? Which grain is mentioned in the Old Testament, the writings of Herodotus, and the journals of Marco Polo? The answer is millet! This versatile grain is gluten-free, easy to digest and a good source of fiber. Enjoy whole grain millet as a unique alternative to rice in salads, stir-fries and porridge.

Millet Stir-Fry Recipe

Turn a simple stir-fry into something special by using millet instead of rice.

millet stir fry 

• 2 cups water
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup millet
• 2 tablespoon oil
• 1 cup sliced onion
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
• 1 large head of broccoli, chopped
• 1 cup sliced carrot
• 5 ounces canned water chestnuts
• 1/4 cup cashew pieces
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch

1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a pot. Add millet and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 35-40 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook for 1 minute. Add broccoli, carrots and water chestnuts. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, 7-10 minutes. Add millet and cashews.

3. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and cornstarch. Pour over stir-fry and cook until sauce is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Makes 4 servings.


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