Want to know how to make creamy, delicious coconut millet at home? Check this article to learn more about millet and how you can make them properly. 

Coconut millet is a warm creamy breakfast with a bit of spice and coconut flavor. It is a delicious side dish recipe that almost everybody will love. Millet is a seed, not a grain, that’s completely gluten-free, even though it is categorized as grain for its grain-like properties. It contains a rich amount of copper, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium. 

It is an easy recipe that takes only 30 minutes to cook properly. After cooking millet, you will get a flavorful spicy texture. Before you jump down to the recipe, you can see the benefits of this recipe and how you can cook it perfectly!  

For more great grain recipes with coconut milk, why not make Turmeric Coconut Rice, Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, Tumeric Coconut Fonio, or Jamaican Rice And Peas.

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Coconut Millet

millet in a wooden bowl on a wooden background

Coconut Milk Health Benefits

When the white flesh is extracted from nature’s brown mature coconuts and blended with water, it is called coconut milk. Many people use this as an ingredient for desserts, sauces, and soups. Thai, Hawaiian, Indian, and South American cuisines use this ingredient very often in their cuisines. The creation of coconut milk requires the healthy flesh part of the fruit. It is available in every local departmental store as it is used in many dishes.

Coconut milk has the ability to aid in weight loss with its healthy fats. Vitamin C and E are also present, which are known for their antioxidant capabilities. Coconut milk increases the HDL cholesterol levels in the body, which decreases the chances of heart disease. 

Additionally, its lauric acid is well-known to have antiseptic properties to strengthen the immune system. Coconut milk got a good amount of iron that helps in the prevention of anemia. Coconut milk also has a good amount of zinc that can promote gastrointestinal health. There are more benefits of having coconut milk in your meal; these are just the important ones.

Garlic Health Benefits

Garlic is well-known to be a fragrant vegetable important all over the world. In garlic, we have many vitamins and minerals such as selenium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and allicin (an antioxidant). Garlic has many healing capabilities, which is why modern medicines are embracing garlic’s health benefits. Here are some must-know garlic health benefits,

  • Blood flow becomes easier because of garlic’s anti-inflammatory benefits. 
  • Garlic can reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the chances of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Garlic is a natural solution to decrease any possible risks of heart disease.
  • The immune system can be boosted by garlic to decrease the length and severity of flu and cold.
  • Bones can become stronger with garlic’s nutrients.
  • Garlic’s antioxidants can help to fight the S-allyl cysteine to improve memory. 
  • Garlic can be used to improve and smooth your body’s skin.

Onion Health Benefits

Onions are a very common ingredient in many dishes, and no dishes are complete without sliced onions. Onions have many health benefits to offer, with their potassium, sodium, folates, vitamin A, E, and C, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, etc. here are some of the important health benefits of onions,

  • Any respiratory problems can be avoided with onions because of their anti-allergen capabilities.
  • Onion’s vitamin E can assist you in getting good eye vision.
  • Vitamin C of onions can keep your oral health healthy.
  • Any type of erectile dysfunction may possibly be aided because of testosterone increase by onions.
  • Onion juices are used on hair because they can help them grow more.
  • Onions can relieve you from any menopause symptoms with their calcium. 

How to Cook Perfect Millet?

Millet is a tasty and slightly nutty yellow grain. This gluten-free seed is extremely nutritious, and you can try it on your everyday diet. First, you need to select organic millet. Organic millets are more nutritious with fewer pesticides that will help your recipe taste delicious! 

Before you buy millet, always sniff it, and if it smells musty or stale, you should avoid it. Always store millet in a cool and dry place. If you use a vacuum sealer to pack it, then you can store the millet without refrigeration. 

It is best to presoak millet before you start cooking it. Simply soak it in 3 to 4 times the amount of water overnight or 6 hours at least. In this way, the grains will be more digestible, and you can get the nutrients from them. Also, you can cook your millet much sooner if you presoak them. But if you want to skip this process or forgot to soak them, you can simply clean them well in a mesh strainer and drain them. 

For a nuttier flavor, toast the millet in a dry skillet first before cooking.

cooking coconut millet in a smallfd

Ingredients 

Presoak

  • 1 cup millet
  • 3 cup water for soaking
  • ½ cup water for cooking
  • ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt or sea salt

No Presoak

  • 1 cup millet
  • 2 cup water for cooking
  • ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt or sea salt

Steps to Cook It

Presoak

  1. Take the millet and mix it well with the water. Soak the millet for at least 6 hours. 
  2. Drain the millet in a colander and clean well. 
  3. Take a medium-sized pot, pour soaked millet on it and add water and salt. 
  4. Start boiling the mixture and cover it with a lid. Set the temperature to low heat and simmer it for 10 minutes. 
  5. Take out from heat and fluff it with a spoon or fork. 

No Presoak

  1. Take the millet, clean it thoroughly in cold running water. 
  2. In a medium pot, mix the cleaned millet with water and salt.
  3. Start boiling it and cover the pot with a lid. Keep the temperature low and simmer it for 15 minutes. 
  4. After that, take out the pot from heat and keep it covered for 10 minutes. 
  5. Fluff it out with a spoon or fork. 

Coconut Millet Recipe Ingredients

Make sure to look at the recipe card down below to make sure you buy the right amounts you need.

  • Millet
  • Coconut Milk
  • Water
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green Onion
  • Thyme
  • Allspice
  • Salt

How to Make Coconut Millet?

  • Keep the millet in a medium pot at medium temperature. Add water, coconut milk water, onion, garlic, green onion, thyme, allspice, and salt. 
  • Start boiling, cover the pot with a lid and reduce to simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. 
  • Fluff the coconut millet with a spoon or fork and serve it beside your main dish.  

Note: 1 cup raw and dry millet yields about 3 ½ cups of cooked millet.

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  5. Smashed Brussels Sprouts
coconut milk

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 224 kcal / 936 kJ
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Carbs: 28 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • For: 6 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Keep the millet in a medium pot at medium temperature. Add water, coconut milk water, onion, garlic, green onion, thyme, allspice, and salt. 
  2. Start boiling, cover the pot with a lid and reduce to simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. 
  3.  Fluff the coconut millet with a spoon or fork and serve it beside your main dish.  
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.