How to Cook Perfect Millet

Some people think millet is a little tasteless but it doesn’t have to be when you cook it well!

What learned in my hippie day was to lightly toast it before cooking. This gives it a richer nutty flavour. Millet has thus become a favourite gluten-free grain of mine!

Did you know that Millet is an Alkalizing Grain! And is a Superfood.

How to Cook Millet Recipe

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Cooked Millet


1 cup millet
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp  Himalayan salt


  1. Add millet to a pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Dry sauté on medium heat till golden brown, stirring constantly. NOTE:  If you hear a POPPING noise, your heat is too high.
  3. Add water and sea salt.
  4. Cover with lid, bring to a boil and simmer for 25 to 35 minutes, till all the water is absorbed (millet should be dry).
  5. OR this only works on an electric stove. Cover with lid, bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes, then turn off the heat.
  6. Leave on an electric stove burner that you have been cooking on with the lid on (do not peek) Leave for 30 minutes; all the water will be absorbed (millet should be dry).
  7. Eat.

    Read all the health benefi
    ts of this gluten-free, alkalizing grain

Enjoy Other Millet Recipes

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Millet Pudding

 Millet Pudding This is a pudding without all that sugar and is vegan meaning that there is no cow’s milk or eggs in it. And it is tasty and healthy!

 Millet and  Buckwheat With Sunflower Seeds the buckwheat gives the mild millet an extra zing! This is my favourite way to eat millet for lunch as I love the buckwheat in it.

 Millet Porridge – Vegan & Gluten Free easy to make and yummy.

Learn More:

Millet is just ONE of the foods you will learn to use properly at my Weekend Web Alkalizing Bootcamp

Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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  • Great video! Couple of questions:

    should you wash the millet first?

    Also, I’m confused because in your video you said it took 10 mins to cook (5min to boil then 5min after that) but in your written description, you say to simmer it for 25-35min?! That’s a big difference!!

    Please help! I really want to introduce millet to my diet, but am struggling to make it taste good!!!


  • Millet pap as been my favourite breskfast with beans cake.learning ds, wow I think I just need to keep it up. Thanks mean!

  • Hi

    I tried to play this video of you cooking millet, there was a music intro and then no sound at all

    I’ve always found millet tasteless so would like to hear about your recipe

    another great grain that is tasty is quinoa

  • I thoroughly toast the yellow pearl millet in a heavy cast iron pot which does this well as it holds heat great on a moderately low heat setting. When the aroma is warm and rich like a cake baking, and the grains are visibly toasted, some even darkish, I add 2 1/2 cups boiling wat
    er per cup millet to the kettle. This significantly speeds a tender, fluffy outcome. Nevertheless, I let it simmer slow and long to achieve the a very soft, light, yet crumby consistency. I love it with just a little sea salt sprinkled in after cooking, with organic molasses it is a powerhouse of important minerals that leaves me so happily satified. It reheats great in a double boiler, without burning, delivering the same satisfaction as a freshly cooked batch. Millet is extremely versatile and not bitter unless improperly stored and poorly prepared!

  • Thanks for the great info. Millets seem to have a lot of benefits in improving ones health. Your site has a very good info on preparing this. Can you suggest where can we buy this in USA.