Sweet and Savoury Food Combinations for Millet

Millet has a neutral, somewhat nutty flavour. It serves as an ideal accompaniment for rich curries or stews, but can also be combined with other ingredients and served as a main dish on its own. Millet goes well with a wide variety of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables to create different sweet or savoury meals. To help you get started, here are a few tried and tested food combinations that taste great with millet.


Herbs and Millet

Fresh herbs can add a delicious fragrance to millet dishes. Though don’t combine too many. Try sticking to just one or two herbs so that you get the benefit of the individual flavours. Herbs that can be used include basil, coriander leaves, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, dill or mint. The herbs you select will largely depend on your other ingredients. Mint or rosemary, for example,combine well with dried apricots and roasted onion or garlic. Coriander and basil combine well with lime and nuts or roasted seeds. Thyme is delicious with roasted squash or tomatoes.


Spices and Millet

Spices that can be used to compliment millet dishes include: chilli, turmeric for savoury dishes, and cinnamon, ginger or vanilla for sweet dishes. Cinnamon combines well with apples and raisins, while ginger or vanilla go well with pears or oranges.


Sweet Fruit Millet Combinations

Dried fruits such as raisins or dates are often combined with millet when it’s prepared as an accompaniment for curries. However, millet can also be combined with fruit for a delicious and healthy dessert.  Try fresh cherries, peaches or apricots combined with millet and a spoonful of Greek style yoghurt. As a baked dish use apples, raisins or pears and serve drizzled with honey.


Vegetables and Millet

Almost any type of vegetable combines well with millet, but here are a few of our favourites: Mushrooms sautéed with garlic, black beans, roasted butternut or squash, spinach or kale. Add in herbs to taste and you can create a nutritious vegetarian meal with millet.


Seeds and nuts with Millet

Because millet has a mild nutty flavour, adding roasted seeds or nuts only serves to compliment the flavour. Favourite seeds include sesame or pumpkin seeds. If you prefer nuts then almonds combine well for both sweet and savoury dishes.



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