Easy recipe for Foxtail Millet and Basil Patties / cutlets / croquettes
Foxtail Millet is clearly my best food discovery of 2013 so far. I’ve eaten it in place of rice, added it tosalads, made tiffin items like upma, tomato ‘baath’ and it has never disappointed me.
The best thing with this grain is that by controlling the extent of the cooking, you can get it mushier (to eat with the accompaniments you would eat rice with) or al dente enough with each grain separate (for salads).
By cooking it to a mushier texture, you can also make these superbly textured and flavorsome patties.
They don’t have much of a taste by themselves so you’ll have to add strongly flavoured ingredients to make these delicious patties – which is why I’ve chosen basil, garlic, onions and cheese. But go ahead and try your own flavour combinations.
A few nutritional pointers about Foxtail Millets
It’s naturally gluten free, so those who cannot eat wheat and wheat based products and don’t want to eat rice for all your meals, this is a very nutritious alternative to providing the necessary carbohydrates in whole grain form.
It contains twice the iron of wholewheat and very rich in magnesium. Magnesium is known to reduce migraine attacks, reduces severity of asthma and keeps blood pressure under control.
It also contains a good amount of silicon. “It contains 4 times the amount of silicon in whole wheat (160mg/100g) which is required for hair growth, blood circulation, protection from mental fatigue, arthritis and infection.
[*Source: Laugh With Health: Your Complete Guide to Health, Diet, Nutrition Natural Foods, Manfred Urs Koch.
The high fiber and protein content make sure that you stay full for a long time after eating millets.
This grain is extremely diabetic friendly, so if you are cooking for diabetics in your family, make sure you stock up on this grain at home.
I will go ahead and say that is the best alternative to quinoa available in India, locally grown and wont cost you an arm and leg and a huge carbon footprint that it takes to import the grain from the other end of the world.
Do read my story Superfoods in your Backyard published in Mint this week!
Recipe for Foxtail Millet Basil Patties