Millet Pilaf with Tahini-Herb Sauce

Millet Pilaf

Nutritionally, millet resembles wheat, providing niacin, vitamin B6, and folic acid along with some calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. If you want fluffy, grainy millet, as for this dish, it is essential to leave it alone while cooking. If you want a soft textured millet, however, keep stirring until it is cooked. Contributed by Deborah Gray from 500 Vegan Dishes* (Sellers Publishing, 2011).

Serves: 4

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup millet
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 small zucchinis (or 2 medium), thinly sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the Tahini-Herb sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Agave nectar, to taste
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a pan, add the garlic and millet, and stir to coat all the grains in oil. Cover with plenty of boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes; drain.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a separate pan, and add the onions, zucchini, and bell peppers. Cover and cook over a low heat so the vegetables sweat in their own juices until just soft, stirring occasionally.

Make the tahini-herb sauce by combining the ingredients by hand or in a food processor. Adjust the seasoning and sweetness to taste. Set aside. When the millet is cooked, stir in the cooked vegetables, pumpkin seeds, mint, and lemon zest and juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat through, then serve with the tahini-herb sauce.

Millet uncooked

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3 comments on “Millet Pilaf with Tahini-Herb Sauce

  1. Elvira

    Amazing recipe, thank you! Although I am not vegan, I am trying to minimise the intake of fish and eggs (I already excluded meat and dairy), so this is great! I love tahini sauce – will definetely make it again – and boiling millet with garlic makes a huge difference to the taste.
    Well done!

  2. Tina

    Thanks for posting this! Just cooked this tonight! Turned out great! Unlike Elvira I am not a fan of tahini sauce so I used a little more agave syrup! I went easy on the mint as I was afraid it might be too powerful! I added veggie stock to the millet instead of water, gave it little more flavor. I am vegan and I also shared with some of my Romanian friends that seek healthier alternatives to cooking.

  3. Nava

    Glad you both enjoyed this, Elvira and Tina. Millet is one of those unexciting yet nourishing foods that with the right flavorings, can really shine.

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