• Preeti Shridhar

Baked Kodo Millet

A friend of mine from another foodie group that I follow had shared a recipe of baked rice with cheese and veggies. Taking a cue from that I created this dish using Kodo Millet. It's a quick fix one pot meal.

Perfect for days when you don't want to sweat for long in the kitchen.

For me it came together in a jiffy as I had every element needed in the freezer.

But even when you have to start from scratch ,it won't take long to assemble it .

Choice of vegetables depends on availability in the kitchen. No hard and fast rules here .

For protein , you could use chickpeas/ Kala chana/ rajma/ paneer. If using Paneer, it's best to suate it in a tsp if oil

Use a Millet of your choice.

Make the Pasta Sauce a day in advance. I always freeze pasta sauce in ice trays and then transfer the cubes to a zip lock.

Vegetables that you can use: colored bell peppers, baby corn, corn niblets, carrot, spinach, broccoli.

Cheese used: mix of cheddar and mozzarella



Ingredients

Boiled Kodo Millet 2 cups

Mixed vegetables 1 1/2 cups

Boiled Black Chana 1/2 cup

Pasta sauce 1/2 cup

Oil 1 tbsp

Onion 1 large sliced

Garlic 4 fat cloves chopped

Green Chili 1 finely chopped

Fresh Basil 10 leaves chopped

Oregano 1 tsp

Chili flakes 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Cheese 1/2 cup or more



Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan.

  2. Add garlic.

  3. When garlic starts changing color, add onions.

  4. Saute onions till they soften.

  5. Add vegetables and saute for a couple of minutes.

  6. Add in protein of your choice ,if using, saute for a minute

  7. Tip in pasta suce, oregano, chili flakes and salt.

  8. Pour this mixture over boiled Millet.

  9. Mix lightly.

  10. Mix in chopped basil and some cheese.

  11. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  12. Tranfer into an oven proof dish.

  13. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

  14. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.

  15. Serve hot.

  16. We enjoyed it with spiced Plum Chutney.


Tips

  • It's best to blanch carrots, broccoli and baby corn .

  • Instead of pan frying, you could also oven roast all the veggies.

  • Take all the veggies, onion ,garlic. Mix in oil and 1/2 tsp of salt.

  • Spread these in a single row on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  • Roast in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes.



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