Grains are a great way to make one pot meals that are refrigerator friendly to eat during the work week. I can amp it up with some chopped tomatoes and cucumbers and lightly dressed greens for a complete meal. While this version is vegetarian, adding some grilled chicken or shrimp makes it a quick meal for meat lovers as well.
Adjust the seasonings with extra salt or freshly ground black pepper, a dash of lime or chaat masala can add freshness right before eating. I like to portion them into one cup servings and store in refrigerator or freezer for a quick lunch or dinner.
I know the list of ingredients looks intimidating, but most of the list comprises of various spices. If you do not have access to coriander powder, use a teaspoon or two of curry powder as a substitute. Remember that curry powders are of varying degrees of heat. Use with caution and stick to the milder versions initially.
|1||1||1||cup dry millets|
|1-1 1/2||1-1 1/2||1-1 1/2||cups chopped onions|
|1||1.5||2||tablespoon cumin seeds|
|1||1.5||2||tablespoon coriander powder|
|1||1.5||2||tablespoon cumin powder|
|1/2||1||1.5||tablespoon ginger-garlic paste|
|1/2||1||1.5||tablespoon fresh black pepper|
|1-1 1/2||1-1 1/2||1-1 1/2||cups chopped mixed vegetables|
|1-1 1/2||1-1 1/2||1-1 1/2||cups cooked chickpeas|
|10-12||10-12||10-12||curry leaves finely chopped|
|1-2||1-2||1-2||cups chopped parsley and mint|
|2-3||2-3||2-3||tablespoons olive oil|
|1 - 2||1 - 2||1 - 2||teaspoons lemon or lime juice|
- Toast the millets in a dry pan for 5-10 minutes and set aside.
- In the same pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds, cumin powder and coriander powder and toast for a minute.
- Add za’atar and black pepper and after 30 seconds, add onions and ginger-garlic paste.
- Stir occasionally until the onions are soft and the ginger-garlic paste has lost the raw smell (about 10 minutes).
- Add chopped vegetables and stir 5-10 minutes until the vegetables are cooked but not soggy. I like the vegetables to have a bit of a crunch.
- Add cooked chickpeas and millets and stir until everything is mixed in. Turn to medium and heat and cover the pan for about 10 minutes.
- Add chopped herbs right before eating.
- Adjust for salt and lime/lemon juice.
|Buckwheat||Yellow Squash||White pepper||Coriander powder||Mint|
|Couscous||Peppers||Chopped green chilies||Cumin powder||Cilantro|
|Any small pasta||Onions||Curry powder||Oregano|
|Brown rice||Taco seasoning|
- Toasting the millets, prevent it from clumping.
- I usually make the grains the night before and keep it in the refrigerator.
- Onions and pepper are always a great combination with any grains for a hearty meal, add taco seasoning instead of za’atar for a tex mex version.
- Top with any grilled protein to cater to the meat lovers, or grilled fish for the pescetarians.