Monday, November 16, 2015

Spicy Millet Salad

I was recently in Hamburg teaching and my friends bought me this wonderful salad. It was so delicious that it was one of the first things I made when I came home. It's nurturing in a way that reminds me of Couscous but the good news is that it is a gluten free grain. It's also easy to make if you are a Vegetarian - just change out the Chicken Broth for Vegetable Broth instead. Millet is a very ancient grain used all over the world and it is simply not used enough in the Western diet. It is full of B Vitamins and Calcium and is very nourishing for the digestive system. I love Millet and I just couldn't stop eating this salad - it is that good! Hope you like it too....

Spicy Millet Salad

1 cup Millet
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 cups Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
2 Roma Tomatoes, cored and minced
1/3 cup chopped Parsley
1/4 cup chopped Green Onion tops
2 Tablespoons minced Red Onion
1 - 2  Red JalapeƱo or Red Fresno Chili, stem and seeds removed, sliced thinly
1/2 teaspoon Salt 
Black Pepper to taste

In a pot (with a lid), heat the Olive Oil and put in the Millet. Toast the Millet for a few minutes and then add in the Broth and Tomatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Take off the heat and leave to sit for an additional 10 minutes. Then fluff with a fork.  Cool and then mix in Parsley, Green Onion tops, Red Onion and Red Chiles. Add the Salt and Pepper and mix thoroughly.  Let sit for at least 15 minutes or refrigerate to serve later. The flavors get better with some time.  

Five Element Analysis

Millet as a yellow grain belongs to the Earth Element. The Chicken Broth and Olive Oil bring in the Wood Element. The Fire Element is represented by the Red Chili and the Tomatoes. The Parsley, Green Onion tops and Red Onion contribute the Metal Element. Only the Water Element is missing, so this would be a great side dish to Fish.

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