RECIPE :: apple spiced millet

(2-3 servings)

Millet always used to be an uninspiring sounding food which I stayed well clear of for a long time until someone at Pulse (a Cardiff whole food shop) convinced me to try it. This was my first attempt at using millet and it was enough to convince me that millet is a much nicer alternative to couscous.

200g / 7oz of millet,
25g / 1oz of flaked almonds,
3tbsp of olive oil,
2 onions (finely chopped),
2 small apples,
25g /1oz of raisins,
2 cloves of crushed garlic,
1inch of ginger (minced),
½tsp of paprika,
½ a handful of fresh sage (minced),
325ml of water and
250ml of apple juice.

1) Sauté the millet and almonds until fragrant and slightly browned and put into a mixing bowl.  Coat the millet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and set aside.
2) Fry the onions with the remaining olive oil over a medium/low heat for 8 minutes.
3) Peel, core and finely chop the apples.
4) Place the apples, raisins, garlic, ginger and paprika into the pan and fry for another 5-10 minutes until the apples are softened.
5) Place all the remaining ingredients and millet mix into the pan, cover and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.