Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pearl Millet(Jowar) Pilaf


Pearl Millet - gems of good health


The sustaining cereal of the dessert lands in Asia and Africa ,millet are power houses of good health - gluten free ,easily digestible(hypoallergenic) ,rich in protein, minerals and B vitamins.Common kinds - Finger Millet(Ragi),Green millet(Bajri) and Pearl Millet(Jowar),all are available in both flour and grain form,in most Asian stores or health foods stores.
The flour is good for breads and flat breads,the texture is more wholesome and nothing like the wheat breads.Use in combination with wheat flour for added nutrition.


The whole millet are perfect in pilaf\pulao and makes a nutritious addition in stews and salads.My recipe here for succulent Pearl millet pilaf is a wholesome entree, has a chewy bite to it ,but one can add more water and cook longer for a more softer texture.



Recipe :Pearl Millet(Jowar) Pilaf\Pulao
Serves 2-3
Ingredients
2 cups Pearl Millet(Jowar),soaked over night
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups Broccoli(or cauliflower) florets
1 big clove garlic,minced
1/2 inch fresh ginger root,minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil,divided
4 cups vegetable broth or water
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Chili powder or cayenne
1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and coriander powder
pinch of turmeric
2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime\lemon juice
1 sweet pepper,seeded and sliced for garnish


Method
Drain the water from the soaked millet.Heat a skillet with lid or use a pressure cooker,add 2 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil and onion,Saute until translucent about 2-3 minutes;add garlic,ginger and spices ,then stir in the millet and season with salt,add the water ,cover and cook,about an hour in the skillet and 30 minutes in the pressure cooker,until the millet is soft and cooked through.

Saute the broccoli separately in pan ,add a teaspoon of oil and season with salt and spices,cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.

To serve,lay the cooked millet pilaf on the plate,top with broccoli and garnish with fresh sweet pepper slices.Squeeze some lime juice all over.Serve warm.



I'm sharing this with Weekend Herb Blogging #234 ,hosted this week by ,Astrid from Paulchen's Foodblog

39 comments:

Asha said...

WOW! Looks so good. In my grandparents house they use these millets to make flour and make Balls like Ragi Mudde. Pilaf looks delicious.

Sharmila said...

You do come up with the most amazing and unique recipes Yasmeen! The pilaf looks definitely delicious. :-)

Pavithra said...

Pilaf idea looks very interesting yasmeen.. I love this jowar very much surely I will try it out...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A very interesting pilaf! Healthy and surely delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Priti said...

Wow...looks awesome...now a days am thinking from where u comeup with all these wonderful recipes....

Happy Cook said...

I have never had this and i just love the pictures.

simply.food said...

What a healthy and delicious dish.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks really yummy and a healthy alternative to the one made with white rice!

Rachana Kothari said...

Thats another delicious and innovative recipe from you, Yasmeen.

Pari said...

Lovely way to incorporate healthy food in the diet.

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I'm ashamed to admit I'm not sure what millet is. But this recipe looks so delicious and wholesome, I may have to investigate this millet business :)

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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, Yasmeen, it is beautiful looking. I mean simply superb !!! Wonderful recipe.

An Open Book said...

wow...id love to know how that tasted...a completely new ingredient to me

sangeeta said...

I love it Yasmeen and this westernized version looks very tempting with broccoli n all.

Here it is made differently n i am forgetting what it is called , do you know?

Priya said...

Woww Yas, Wat a beautiful and healthy pilaf, looks super delicious and interesting..

Nithu Bala said...

OMG! what a delicious and healthy pilaf..a must try one..you have presented it so good..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Healthy and Delicious looking pulao..loved the pics..

Umm Mymoonah said...

I din't know we can prepare pilaf using millet,that's quite new,looks delicious.

A_and_N said...

I love this recipe and I'd love to try this. Can I get this in millet form in Indian stores in the US?

SS said...

Very interesting! Have never used jowar grains like this! Thanks!

shifa firoz said...

interesting idea Yasmeen.. :) looks so yummy!

Parad Sharma said...

Ah! I wish I could grab some of these. Neat idea. :)

Kiran said...

A very healthy and delicious pilaf.Very nicely presented.

5 Star Foodie said...

A very unique pilaf, looks so delicious!

sowmya's creative saga said...

your recipes are not only healthy,but tempting too..

Joanne said...

Millet is one more whole grain that I haven't tried yet! You make it look so pretty.

Cham said...

An unusual pilaf definetly tasty!

Lori said...

So interesting to learn about these different types of millet. I'm used to the smaller grain, not sure what the official name would be. This looks delicious!

Nitha said...

Looks healthy and delicious..

Swathi said...

Yasmeen,

Finger millet pilaf looks really nice healthy one.

PJ said...

this reminds me of my childhood when we used to get bags full of fresh jowar from the farm and my Mom would make so many delicious recipes with it. great recipe and love the first click of pearl millet.

meeso said...

Great presentation! Looks lovely :)

sharada said...

i just came across ur blog by accident or rather i was searching some thing on the net health related and i bumped in here....only one word fabulous & very informative blog....i have bookmarked ur blog...i just love anything made healthy & yet tasty...so will be checking here quite often...sorry for such a long comment

tasteofbeirut said...

Very interesting grain Yasmeen that I have never used; I would like to taste it as it looks very good.

Sarah said...

WOW,the lacey peppers and pearly grains...a deliciously precious dish =)

Malar Gandhi said...

Pearl millet pilaf looks gorgeous. Very healthy food, loved ur presentation:)

harini-jaya said...

awesome!! My grandma says jowar was a poor man's food in their days and it is sure to be a shocker for her looking at so many healthy recipes with jowar in present day kitchens all over!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Yasmeen,

Lovely recipe, but one small correction needs to be made -
JOWAR is called SORGHUM / GREAT MILLET.
and BAJRA is called PEARL MILLET.
So the heading sould be GREAT MILLET (JOWAR) pilaf

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