Ready in 20 mins, this Coconut Millet Rice is a fast, simple and flavorful yet low-GI meal. Vegan. Gluten-Free.
Sometimes, even when you absolutely love something, it can eventually end up being forgotten. Unbelievable, yet sadly true. I was at a traditional South Indian baby shower recently and they served some gorgeous Coconut Rice for lunch (along with like a billion other dishes I cannot now count), but it brought back memories of how much I used to love it! I cannot believe I haven’t had coconut rice in at least 5 years now….
So when I came back home, I wanted to make some, coz well, it was due! But instead of using rice, I decided to use millet instead. It’s low GI, largely organic… well, just pretty awesome! I loved the Millet Fried ‘Rice’ I made last month, so I knew this was going to be perfect, even before I made it. And yes, it was.
South Indian cuisine has a lot of fried ‘rice’, except they’re locally called mixed rice. It’s just rice that’s been tempered and seasoned with flavors, usually coconut, tamarind, mint, coriander and yogurt. The tempering consists of mustard, cumin, curry leaves, peanuts/cashews and dry red chillies. It adds texture and taste to what is otherwise just rice.
Finally, stir in the cooked rice, or millet in this case. And you’re done! It’s as simple as that!
And dig in! It’s comforting, flavorful, crunchy, coconut-y and delicious! Not to mention that all it takes is just 20 minutes no matter how much you scale up the recipe. Serve with a side of chips or vegetables and there you have it: my favorite lunch all sorted!