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Millet - An ancient grain with a modern application

Millet (Panicum miliaceum) is a cereal that boasts an ancient history and is widely used in the diet of people around the world. Although unfairly less well-known than some other grains, such as wheat and rice, millet has numerous health benefits and can be used in a variety of recipes. In this article, we will explore what millet is, its nutritional benefits, and a simple recipe for a delicious millet chicken stew.

It originates from Asia and Africa, and its breeding history stretches back thousands of years. This cereal has small grains, yellowish, red or brown, and has excellent nutritional characteristics. Millet is extremely adaptable and can grow successfully in dry, hot and poor soils, making it an important grain in resource-limited areas.

Nutritional Benefits of Millet:

  1. Rich in nutrients: Millet is a source of B complex vitamins, fiber, protein, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. These nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of the body.
  2. Gluten-free option: Millet is a naturally gluten-free grain, which makes it an ideal choice for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
  3. Digestive support: The high fiber content in millet helps regulate digestion, prevents constipation and maintains the health of the intestinal flora.
  4. Reduction in the risk of heart disease: Regular consumption of millet is associated with a reduction in the risk of heart disease due to its beneficial effect on cholesterol levels.
  5. Good source of antioxidants: Millet contains antioxidants that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

    Recipe: Chicken stew with millet


    • 42 chicken drumsticks
    • 2 chicken drumsticks
    • 1 cup millet
    • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
    • 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 2 tablespoons of oil (olive or sunflower)
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 carrot, cut into rings
    • 1 stalk of celery, cut into rings
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
    • 4 cups of chicken stock
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Wash and salt the chicken thighs and drumsticks as desired. Over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan or stock pot.
    2. Add the chicken drumsticks and drumsticks to the pot and cook until golden brown on all sides. Remove the meat from the pot and set aside.
    3. In the same pot, add the remaining tablespoon of oil, onion and garlic. Stew them for a few minutes until the onion becomes glassy.
    4. Add carrots and celery to the pot and simmer for a few more minutes.
    5. Return the chicken pieces to the pot and add the bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine the ingredients.
    6. Add millet and chicken stock and mix well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pot and let the stew simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the millet is tender.
    7. Add the peas and sliced ​​potatoes to the pot and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are soft and all the flavors have combined.
    8. If necessary, add salt and pepper to taste.

    Serving: Chicken stew with millet is ready! Serve it warm in deep bowls. You can sprinkle it with fresh parsley or coriander for extra flavor and decoration. This tasty and nutritious stew will give you the pleasure of enjoying a healthy meal rich in diverse flavors.

    Millet is a food that you should definitely include in your diet because of its many health benefits. This chicken stew with millet is a perfect example of how to enjoy this excellent grain in a delicious and nutritious way. Try the recipe and enjoy the rich taste and benefits that millet brings to your body.

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