It’s always great to have a box of cooked rice in the refrigerator. Most of us know at least a dozen different recipes we can comfortably whip up in minutes if we have some cooked rice ready. If you want to make your meals even more nutritious replace the rice with cooked millets once in a while!
Cooked millets are very versatile and can be used in the place of rice, pasta or noodles very easily. We all know that millets are very good for us but cooking it from scratch every time might not happen. But if you have some ready on hand always, you can easily use it in at least one meal a day.
My today’s recipe is very easy to put together apart from being healthy and tasty. It’s a great healthier alternative to fried rice! It’s bursting with so much flavor that even people who are usually not a fan of millets will enjoy it.
Chili basil millets with tofu tastes good both hot and cold. It’s good as a quick dinner or lunch.
I have used Himalayan Millet from ‘Samskara Wellness‘ in this recipe. I am sure other kinds of millets can easily replace it.
You can replace tofu with Fresh Paneer if you like. It’ll no longer be Vegan then.
You can replace the millet with rice or noodles too.
This is perfect as a packed lunch as the flavours get better with time.
I cooked the Millet in my electric rice cooker (1 cup rice with 3 cups water), which resulted in perfectly fluffy millet. 1-cup millet usually results in 3 cups of cooked millet.
Here’s a great post on cooking millets.
- 1 cup cooked Himalayan Millet
- 1 tbsp peanut oil
- 2-3 dry red chili
- 4-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- A handful of Basil leaves roughly torn
- 200 grams of firm tofu
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce
- Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a wide pan. Add the finely chopped garlic and fry till it’s golden. Break the dry red chili into a few pieces and add to the pan. When the cilies turn bright read, add the roughly torn basil. Crumble the firm tofu and add it to the pan too. Fry for a couple of minutes till the tofu is heated through. Now add the soy sauce followed by the cooked millet. Mix well to combine everything Fry for a couple of minutes. Soy sauce is quite salty so taste before you add more salt. Serve hot with a few extra basil leaves on top.