Millet in Coconut Curry

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With fresh herbs and spices, and chopped asparagus, leek, and date, this Millet in Coconut Curry packs a lot of flavor and texture into one bowl. An easy recipe for a quick and satisfying lunch or dinner, it’s also a foolproof way to try millet—an incredibly versatile but sometimes tricky-to-cook grain.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup millet
  • 1 cup finely chopped leek (white and light green parts)
  • 4 to 5 bay leaves
  • 1½ tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed & cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 1 15-oz. can unsweetened light coconut milk
  • 1 pitted whole date, finely chopped
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground white or black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely snipped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan bring 2½ cups of water to boiling. Stir in millet. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes. (All of the water will not be absorbed.) Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, at least 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet combine leek, bay leaves, ginger, garlic, and ½ cup water. Cook over medium 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add asparagus; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until water is evaporated and asparagus is crisp-tender.
  3. Stir millet, coconut milk, date, and pepper into asparagus mixture. Bring to boiling over medium-high; remove from heat. Remove and discard bay leaves. Stir in lime juice. Season with salt and, if desired, additional lime juice. Top servings with cilantro.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com for more.

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