Millets, tiny cereals of goodness has been in my food life since a year. I tried to cook them in most amazing and delicious form of breakfast and was super successful. My most staple food of the morning=> dosa, idli, upma, pongal can even incorporate these grains which makes me more than happy. (Warm welcome to Barnyard millet idli !!). But what disappoints me is lack of availability of millets in most supermarkets of UAE. For me, I have to drive to the grocery shop which is bit out of the way and sometimes I end up to see “Out of Stock” board hanging at the millet counter there. So on some full moon day with best chance of luck, my trip to grocery shop ends happily with loads millet packets of all kind. I would be happy like a kid holding some unusual, rare chocolate in it’s hand.
For those of you who live in India, buying millets isn’t going to be difficult. It’s likely to be available in most grocery shops and super markets. Ease of access to most favorite groceries is what makes our cooking life simple and straight forward. Otherwise the food love and cooking interest takes back seat.
Barnyard millet idli has everything basic like it’s counterpart. Lentils, fenugreek seeds and millet (as a replacement to rice). The key step in making really soft idli is grinding the lentils to perfection. When you grind the pre-soaked black gram lentils the batter should be airy, fluffy and light. Not runny!!
When rice is being replaced by millets in breakfast like this dosa and idli, it becomes diabetic friendly. So all members of the family under a roof can share and enjoy the same food with same love and affection. Food really connects family and roots become strong and solid.