Millet is used in many cultures around the world, from flatbread in India, to beer and porridge in Africa. It is also produced in China, and other parts of Asia.

Why millet?

  • Millet is a good source of magnesium and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • Like other whole grains, it may help control blood sugar, cholesterol, and overall risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • It is naturally gluten free, so it is appropriate for those who do not tolerate gluten or wheat products.
  • 1/2 cup cooked millet provides about 143 calories, 4 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber.

Helpful Tips

Millet can serve a variety of purposes, depending on the way it is prepared. It is generally cooked in boiling water similar to rice, with 2 1/2 cups liquid to 1 cup millet. Here are some additional cooking tips:

  • Toasting — toast millet in a dry pan before adding water, then cook as directed. This will add a nutty flavor and help the grains stay separate, making them fluffy like rice.
  • Stirring frequently — boil in water as directed, but stir often and add extra water as needed. The result will be sticky or creamy (depending on how much water is used), which works well for hot cereal, burgers, or meatloaf.
  • Grinding — use a spice grinder to grind millet seeds. Then add to baked goods, or whisk into boiling water for a polenta-like consistency.

Incorporate millet into your next meal with our Black Bean and Millet Medley.