Kodo millet broccoli pulao. A flavorful, spicy, no onion garlic and delicious pulao made with kodo millet and broccoli. You don’t have broccoli? No problem try with cauliflower, carrot, beans or mixed vegetables. An absolutely easy to make and delectable one pot meal. A very nutritious and gluten free dish for everyone.
According to Wikipedia Paspalum scrobiculatum, commonly called Kodo millet or Koda millet, is an annual grain that is grown primarily in Nepal (not to confuse with Kodo (Finger millet, Eleusine coracana) and also in India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and in West Africa from where it originated. The plant is called Arikelu in the Telugu language, Varagu in Tamil, Varak (വരക്) in Malayalam, Arka in Kannada,Kodra in Hindi and Bajra (ਬਾਜਰਾ) in Punjabi.
Now what is millet?
Millet is a group of small-seeded grains resembling small pearls. In the United States, some people haven’t heard of millet, yet it’s a staple in many parts of the world. It’s commonly included in Indian and African dishes. Millet is a gluten-free grain that’s rich in antioxidants, soluble fiber, and protein. In particular, it may lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The different types of millet include:
Millet is a whole grain. It’s considered a “good” carb, so it’s easily digestible. And since it’s also gluten-free, it’s a great alternative for people living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Additionally, millet has a high nutritional value Millet is a whole grain that’s packed with protein, antioxidants, and nutrients. It may have numerous health benefits, such as helping lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for people who have celiac disease or follow a gluten-free diet. Its nutty taste and versatility make it well worth trying. Source – Healthline
I have used nutrient-rich broccoli with corn, green peas, green chilli, ginger and some aromatic whole spices in this millet pulao.
Broccoli is a rich source of multiple vitamins, minerals and fiber. Different cooking methods may affect the vegetable’s nutrient composition, but broccoli is a healthy addition to your diet whether cooked or raw. Broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable that may enhance your health in a variety of ways, such as by reducing inflammation, improving blood sugar control, boosting immunity and promoting heart health. However, keep in mind that good health doesn’t come from any single food. Broccoli is merely one of numerous healthy foods that can contribute to optimal health. Including this nutritious vegetable in your healthy, balanced diet may help you achieve your health goals more easily. To read more about health benefits of broccoli click here.
Here are some more broccoli recipes from this blog. Click on the link below for recipe.
As I mentioned above recipe is very easy to make. You can also make it in pressure cooker. Just reduce the amount of water while cooking in pressure cooker. For 1 cup millet use 1&1/2 cup water instead of 2 cup and cook for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance. To make the pulao more spicy add more chopped green chilli or if you are making for kids, use only one green chilli or skip chilli. You can also use mixed vegetables in this pulao like cauliflower, carrot, beans etc with broccoli. Or you can also make it like Mixed vegetable fried rice if you want. Use cooked millet instead of rice.
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Kodo millet – 1 cup
Broccoli – 1
Green peas – 1/2 cup
Sweet corn – 1/3 cup
Great chilli – 2-3 or to taste, finely chopped
Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated
Oil – 1/2 tablespoon
Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 tablespoon
Green cardamom – 2-3, broken
Cloves – 1 inch piece
Star anise – 1 small
Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Dry red chilli – 1
Bay leaf – 2 small
Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste
Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional
Mint leaves – 8-10 leaves, optional
Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Bengali garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Water – 2 cup
Lemon juice – 1/2 tablespoon
1. Wash the kodo millet on a strainer. Soak in sufficient water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain and keep aside.
2. Wash and chop the broccoli into medium size florets.
3. Heat oil and ghee in a wok or pan. You can use only ghee or only oil if you want.
4. Add cumin seeds, start anise, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, dry red chilli and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Saute for a minute. Add some more chopped green chilli to make the pulao spicy if you want.
5. You can also use finely chopped onion and garlic with ginger and green chilli if you want. Fry the onion garlic till light brown if using.
6. Add broccoli florets, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute for 2-3 minutes. You can use any vegetable with broccoli like cauliflower, carrot, beans, mushrooms etc. Even you can also use fried cubed cottage cheese or paneer in the pulao if you want.
7. Now add kodo millet and saute for a minute. Add salt, sugar, green peas and sweet corn. Saute for a minute again.
8. Add water and lemon juice. Tear up mint leaves roughly with your hand and add. You can also add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves with mint leaves. I didn’t. If you are using pressure cooker add 1&2/ cup water instead of 2 cup and pressure cook for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own.
9. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes.
10. Remove the cover. Add Bengali garam masala powder and stir. Get the homemade garam masala powder recipe here.
11. Cover again and cook on simmer for 5 minutes more or till water absorbed completely. Remove from heat. Cover and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
12. Your kodo millet pulao is ready. Serve hot with any raita, chutney or any spicy curry.
This post is going to feature on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge for the theme Healthy Ideas. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. Best part of this group is we can interact with a blogger every month. This month my partner is Shobha Keshwani. We had a lovely chat about healthy food. She has also an awesome YouTube channel. Shobha Keshwani gave me cardamom and star anise as secret ingredients. I made this healthy and delicious millet pulao with with these ingredients. And I gave Moringa leaves and black pepper to her as secret ingredients. And she made nutritious and delicious Corn and Moringa soup with these ingredients.
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