Millet croquettes

I recently rediscovered Millet Croquettes, I’d forgotten how much I loved them and how tasty they are.  I think we used to have them on a weekly basis as children growing up in a macrobiotic household.

Millet, which you can find in health food stores, is super healthy, gluten free and easy digestible. It’s a great alternative to rice or pasta and is easy to prepare. It also tastes great, no wonder parakeets like it so much!

Millet works well as a base for patties as it holds its shape well. I made this recipe with grated carrot, shallots and Parmesan but feel free to experiment. This recipe is also a great way of using leftover cooked millet.

My daughter really enjoyed eating these croquettes. I’m hoping she will continue to love them just as I did when I was a kid as they are so good for her.

For us adults, I served them with a yoghurt & fresh coriander dip and a salad.

Millet croquettes @ healthy foodie baby

How to cook Millet?

The easiest way is to bring 1 cup of millet to the boil with 2 ½ cups of water. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Set aside and leave to rest uncovered for about 20 minutes.

This will make approximately 3 cups of cooked millet.

(Adjust amounts if you only want to make 2 cup for the recipe below)

Note: 1 cup = approx 250ml

Millet croquettes@ healthy foodie baby 2

Millet Croquettes

Makes approx 9 croquettes

Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked millet (See instructions above)

2 shallots, finely chopped

2 small carrots, grated

1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

1 egg

1 cup grated parmesan

1 large handful of chopped parsley

Salt & pepper, season to taste

Vegetable oil

Method:

Fry the chopped shallots and garlic in a little olive oil until softened. Add the grated carrots and take off the heat.

In a bowl whisk the egg and add the carrot mixture and all the remaining ingredients. Mix well and using your hands shape the millet mixture into 9 croquettes or patties approximately 5cm diameter.

Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.  Drop the croquettes once hot and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until they are golden and crispy.

Links:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-health-benefits-of-millet.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=53′-

http://www.thekitchn.com/good-grains-what-is-millet-67713

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-perfect-millet-every-time-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-185974

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