Wednesday, January 9, 2013

RECIPE: Coconut-Orange Millet Porridge

After the excesses of the holidays, I figured we could all use a simple and wholesome food idea. I really love millet and I've been meaning to experiment with it as a breakfast food.  I whipped up this millet porridge back in December and it did not disappoint!

If you like oatmeal porridge or cream of wheat, I'm sure you will love this. If you *don't* love oatmeal porridge or cream of wheat, you may still love this dish. It's got a bit more of a fluffy texture than other types of hot cereal, and the millet retains a hint of its chewiness. This porridge also reheats really well on the stove top, retaining its original texture (unlike oatmeal!). So, if you don't have much time for breakfast prep in the morning, you can make it in advance and reheat it quickly in the morning.

I buy Oak Manor brand organic millet through my Ontario Natural Food Co-op buying club. You should be able to find millet at health food or bulk food stores. I buy the dried orange peel (also organic) through Mountain Rose Herbs. If you don't have any on hand, you can use orange zest instead. I really like the tart little chunks of oranginess from the dried peel :)

The orange peel gives just a hint of orange taste to the porridge. If you want a stronger orange flavour, you could substitute orange juice for some or all of the water. If you need to make it non-dairy, I think just about any type of plain or vanilla flavoured non-dairy milk would work fine in place of the milk. In other words, feel free to adapt to your dietary needs! I think this recipe can accommodate everyone except the raw and grain-free folks :)

1 cup uncooked millet
14 oz can coconut milk
2 cups milk
1 cup water
1/2 tsp each cinnamon and ginger
1 tbsp dried orange peel
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla

In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until millet is tender and porridge is desired consistency (about 30 minutes).

To serve, drizzle with additional honey and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Makes 6 servings.

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