Start your day with a comforting and wholesome Millet Breakfast Porridge recipe. Enjoy the delicious combination of dates, cinnamon, and millet in this simple millet porridge recipe.
What is Millet
Millet is a versatile cereal grain that has been a dietary staple for many cultures across the world for thousands of years. There are several millet varieties, like Proso, finger, foxtail, and pearl millet.
Because of its well-known gluten-free qualities, this millet grain is an excellent option for anyone on a gluten-free diet. Including millet in your morning meal is a tasty and inventive choice.
Ingredients for millet breakfast porridge
These simple yet flavorful ingredients create a warm and satisfying porridge, perfect for starting your day on a delightful note.
- Millet: This ancient grain, available in various types, adds a delightful nuttiness and texture to the porridge. This recipe works for any small millet, like proso millet, little millet, foxtail millet, or barnyard millet. While shooting this recipe, I used Proso millet, the most common available millet.
- Water: Along with milk, I used water to cook this breakfast porridge. You can cook entirely using milk as well.
- Milk: Along with adding richness and creaminess, milk enhances the flavor and texture of the porridge, making it more indulgent. You can substitute dairy milk with plant-based milk for a vegan millet porridge.
- Cinnamon: The fragrant spice lends a warm, comforting aroma and subtle flavor to the porridge, enhancing its overall taste.
- Dates: These dates add a delightful sweetness and chewy texture, making the porridge naturally delicious without additional sugar. You could use other sweeteners as well.
How to make millet porridge
Prep the Millet
- Rinse the Millet: Begin by rinsing the millet thoroughly under cold water to remove any debris or impurities.
- Soak (optional): You can soak the millet for a few hours or overnight, which will shorten the cooking time. Soaking will yield a creamy porridge.
Cook the Porridge
- Combine Ingredients: In a cooking pot, add the soaked or rinsed millet, water, milk, and cinnamon.
- Bring to a Simmer: Place the pot over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Now add the pitted dates.
- Cook Until Tender: Now reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the millet becomes tender and the porridge reaches your desired consistency.
Seasoning and serving the porridge
- Adjust Consistency: Check the porridge consistency and adjust by adding more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
- Sweeten (Optional): If desired, you can sweeten the porridge further by adding a touch of honey, maple syrup, or your favorite sweetener.
- Before serving, remove the cinnamon stick from the porridge.
- Ladle the warm and creamy millet porridge into bowls and top it with your favorite toppings.
- The porridge tends to thicken upon cooling. To adjust the consistency, reheat it with a splash of milk or water before serving.
- Other than dates, you can use various sweeteners like agave syrup, honey, jaggery, brown sugar, or chopped dried fruits for different flavors.
- I used dairy milk in this recipe, but sometimes, I make this millet porridge with coconut and almond milk.
- Substitute dairy milk with plant-based alternatives like almond, coconut, or oat milk for a vegan-friendly version.
- This millet porridge is a naturally gluten-free recipe.
- To make this breakfast porridge using an Instant Pot, add all ingredients to the inner pot and cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.
Millet Porridge Toppings and Additions
- Fruit Toppings: Try topping your millet porridge with fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, or sliced bananas for a burst of color and natural sweetness.
- Nutty Crunch: Add a satisfying crunch by sprinkling chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans over the porridge.
- Seeds: Seeds like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or flaxseeds also provide a delightful texture.
- Spice Infusion: I like adding nutmeg, cardamom, or a bit of vanilla extract to my millet porridge other than cinnamon.
- Dried Fruits: Dried fruits like raisins, apricots, or figs chopped into small pieces give the porridge a naturally sweet taste and chewy texture.
- Savory Version: For a savory option, skip the sweeteners and add a pinch of salt and your choice of herbs for a delightful savory millet porridge. I also like savory oats porridge, and I replace cooked oats with cooked millet in my savory oatmeal recipe.
How to serve and store
Enjoy this breakfast millet porridge warm and freshly prepared for the best taste and texture. But this porridge keeps well for about two days in the refrigerator. You can freeze this porridge for about three months.
I usually store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and freeze them in portion-sized containers in the freezer.
Thaw the frozen porridge and reheat with a splash of milk when serving leftovers.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: While soaking is optional, it can help reduce cooking time. Soaking also softens the grains, resulting in a creamier porridge texture.
A: Absolutely! You can use almond milk, coconut milk, or any other preferred plant-based milk to make a vegan or dairy-free version of this porridge.
A: Yes, you can double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch. Store any leftover porridge in the refrigerator and reheat it with a splash of milk before serving.
Adjust the sweetness by adding or reducing the number of dates or incorporating your preferred sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
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Easy Millet Porridge for Breakfast
- ½ cup millet
- 1.5 cups water
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 6 dates
Prep the Millet
- Rinse the millet thoroughly under cold water to remove any impurities.
- Optionally, soak the millet for reduced cooking time.
Cook the Porridge
- Combine soaked or rinsed millet, water, milk, and cinnamon in a pot.½ cup millet, 1.5 cups water, 1.5 cups milk, 1 inch cinnamon
- Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
- Now add chopped dates and reduce heat. Cover and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes until the millet is tender.6 dates
Seasoning and Serving
- Adjust the porridge consistency by adding more milk if desired.
- Optionally sweeten with honey, maple syrup, or your preferred sweetener.
- Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.
- Ladle the warm porridge into bowls and add toppings like fruits, nuts, or seeds as desired.