Millets as Fusion Dishes
Millets as snacks/breakfast, meals, desserts and now, even fusion food. Right! Now we will take a look at a few Indo-Western dishes made using millets. So expect some delicious savoury and sweet fusion recipes with these Superfoods.
With this recipe you can combine your love for Italian food into Indian cuisine. A super healthy fusion recipe where you make the gnocchi with jowar (sorghum flour), pumpkin puree and sweet potatoes that is lightly flavoured. The gnocchis are then simmered in a pumpkin puree sauce and finished off with grated Parmesan and Basil leaves on top.
A good way to trick kids into having bhakri, or for those who want to take a break from their regular meals, then this Bhakri Pizza is a good option. Besides, you can avoid the cheese if you absolutely have to stick to your fitness routine. So, you make the bajra bhakri and while it's on the tawa (a griddle), apply the sauce, put the toppings and the cheese sauce and let it melt. Enjoy a healthy pizza!
The original recipe uses Arborio rice. For this Indo-Italian dish, we take soaked and cooked bajra. Here, the bajra is sauteed with onions and garlic to which white wine is added, a sprinkling of spices, thyme, cheese and cream to add to the richness. While serving, sprinkle chilli flakes and crushed black peppercorns and garnish with a small sprig of parsley.
The Ragi millet is a wonderful grain. When made into flour, it has its own denseness that can make cookies and cakes rich, resembling preparations with chocolates in colour too. For this millet cookie, we will use another healthy ingredient and that is jaggery. Make the dry cookie flour and cream, jaggery and butter in another bowl. Fold in the dry mixture and follow the process as you would for regular cookies. Enjoy as a quick tea-time snack.
Everybody likes pancakes! A stack of delightful, warm pancakes with a garnish of strawberries or blueberries on the side makes such a wonderful breakfast right? For this pancake, make a smooth batter and to cook, add a little butter on the pan and pour the batter. Spread it outwards and cook till both sides are done. To serve, dust icing sugar and garnish with berries and drizzle maple syrup. You can also replace the berries with banana and apple slices too.
Another interesting preparation with Ragi is a Chocolate Ragi Cake that has whisky in it. Here you add the molten chocolate to the whisked eggs-castor sugar followed by the dry ragi flour and whisky. Transfer to a baking tin and bake. The results are going to be amazing!
Another healthy option in Pizza. You had Bajra Bhakri Pizza, now try this Ragi Bhakri Pizza. So you make the pizza base with ragi flour and refined flour. Apply the sauce and place the veggies and bake. You can make a funny face or some fancy decoration on the pizza with sauce and vegetables! Double the fun of having a Pizza!
We have seen so many interesting savoury and sweet dishes that can be made using millets to be had at breakfasts, meals, desserts and as fusion foods. These dishes are proof that millets are indeed versatile.
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