Sunday, October 25, 2009

Millet Congee - millet grains or "bird seeds" ?

Millet is a grain (seed). I did not know how nutritious it is, until my friend introduced them to me. She uses millet when she cooks congee for her child. Then, I started to discover more about millet. It is easy to digest and highly nutritious. Millet is also a good source of protein, fiber, B-complex vitamins such as niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin. These "bird" seeds are high in mineral content such as manganese, magnesium and phosphorous; and rich in phytochemicals. Definitely, if I make millet congee, it will make a heart-healthy dish for Heart of Matter - Seeds and Things.

Millet Congee - 小米粥
Ingredients: Millet, short-grain or long-grain rice, water

Directions: Lightly rinse the millet and rice in water. Heat a pot of water (depending on the congee consistency you prefer, you can adjust the quantity of water accordingly) and when water boils, add the grains into the water and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes till millet and rice are cooked.

See these bunches of millet? They can be used to make Chinese millet wine.

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