Millet & Oats Porridge

@theguccha

You know the drill! Before getting to the Recipe lets see some facts about Millets. There are types of Millets like Finger, Proso, Little, Pearl, Italian and the one we are using in this recipe is Finger Millets ( also known as Ragi ). 

Millets originated in Ethiopia and Uganda regions and introduced to India around 3000 years ago, from then India became the second in production of Millets. At present, this crop is important in agriculture in Asia and Africa.

Okay, leaving the history and stuff, lets see some advantages and nutrition facts of this superfood ( can I call it superfood...? ). Millets have better energy content than other cereals (rice, oats, etc..). And also they are rich source of iron, calcium and protein. Taking about protein, millets provide an amino acid called Methionine, which builds muscle fiber. Often people think this amino acid is only present in animal meat, but in fact this molecule is same whether it comes from animal meat or from plant. So plant protein is no where lesser than animal protein!! And one more good news, finger millets are gluten-free.

Finger Millets are dark red color grains which are grounded to get Finger Millet Flour ( Ragi Flour). And the name 'finger millet' came from hand-like arrangement of its panicles.  If you are interested in knowing more benefits and also some cool vegetarian recipes with Finger Millets, check the blog post by Isha Foundation here.

All this toppings are optional but I highly recommend adding your favorite toppings to enhance the taste of Millets. You can just add bananas or just some chocolate or berry sauce. Finger Millets don't have a particular taste so adding it with your favorite food makes it more appealing.

Recipe

Servings : for 2 People

Vegan | Gluten-Free | Refined Sugar-Free

Ingredients

1/4 Cup Finger Millet Flour ( Ragi Flour)

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats (Gluten-free oats for gluten-free version)

1/4 Cup Plant Milk

2-3 Cups Water

1-2 fresh Bananas

Almond Butter (optional)

Fresh or Frozen Berries (optional)

Coconut Flakes (optional)

Coconut Sugar or Sweetener (optional)

Process

  • Take a sauce pan with water and bring to boil. Add oats and cook for 2-3 mins lid closed.

  • Now add Millet Flour and cook for 2 more minutes on low flame. When you see the mixture thickening, add plant milk and one mashed banana. And cook for 2-3 mins on low flame. You can add any sweetener of your choice if needed. 

  • Remove from flame and let the mixture cool down a bit. In mean time lets prepare the berry sauce.

  • Take a sauce pan and add 1-2 tsps of water. When the water is hot, add fresh or frozen berries and stir on low flame for 3-4 mins. Smash the berries with a fork to get liquid consistency. Don't overcook and make sure to keep the flame in low. Remove from heat and let cool.

  • Now just arrange the porridge, place the porridge in a bowl and add berry sauce, caramelized banana, coconut flakes and almond butter. Remember, you can use any toppings of your choice.

Hope you enjoyed the Recipe, if so please leave a comment below and make sure to tag @theguccha or #gucchafoods if you are recreating it!!

Until next time,

xoxo

Sindhu.