I bought millet and aduki beans from the health store last Friday and today I decided to give them a go!
I haven’t made millet before and I didn’t know what to expect. I like couscous and I sort of expected it to be similar in texture and taste. It sort of is and it isn’t, I found millet a bit coarser and drier than the couscous but I think the millet has the potential to retain more flavour if boiled with the right ingredients(I added chicken stock, a bay leaf and a whole onion plus a spice mix we bought in the Greek open market, called Arabiko) . I used this recipe I found online last night but I decided to replace the lentils with my aduki beans. It came out a bit too dry so next time I will not roast the millet and I will probably add 3 cups of water to one cup of millet.
I served it with fish which I marinated, inspired by Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast on Channel 4, in harissa paste(and nothing else!) for a good few hours and cooked in the oven. I found the harissa wonderful and the fish well infused with exotic flavour and very moist inside. I will definitely make this again, extremely simple, very good for dieting and also very tasty!
My verdict on the three new things I tried today? I am slightly disappointed with the millet, I will have to add some moisture back into my salad tomorrow by slicing a juicy tomato and some cucumber. I LOVED the harissa, my fish was moist and flavoursome, definitely a winner. I am not convinced I did the aduki beans justice by adding them to the millet, next time I will use them on their on, like in this recipe.
Please check out my hard work here:
My fish,ready to go in the fridge for a few hours.
My millet salad, enough to feed an army!
The finished product
This is day 12, there are only 28 days left of this healthy living challenge!