Millet porridge is a nutritious and filling dish made with just 6 ingredients. It is a naturally gluten-free and vegan breakfast.
Nothing beats the bowl of creamy millet porridge to kick-start the day. This vegan porridge has a nutty flavour and aroma and makes a filling breakfast that keeps you full and satisfied until lunchtime.
The sweet apple, warm spiciness from cinnamon and crunchy almonds add a ton of flavours to this nutritious porridge. I have used foxtail millet to make this vegan porridge.
Why you will love instant pot millet porridge?
One pot dish
Healthy and filling breakfast
What is millet?
Millets are small round whole grains grown extensively in Asia and Africa. There are various types of millet available in the market. Most of these varieties look somewhat like tiny corn kernels. These grains are considered a superfood due to their high nutritional value.
Millet is an ancient staple in many Asian and African countries. These are naturally gluten-free and are more economical than other grains. Although these grains are in existence for more than 5000 years, it is gaining popularity nowadays all over the world. It is specifically recommended for people with diabetes due to its low GI (Glycemic Index) value which helps regulate blood sugar levels.
- Millet: I have used foxtail millet.
- Sweetener: Maple syrup has been used here.
- Spices: I have used cinnamon to add a lovely flavour.
- Nuts and Dry Fruits: Cashews and raisins are used here. However, you can use any nuts and dry fruits that you have on hand.
- Milk: I have used almond milk but feel free to use your choice of milk.
- Topping: I have used apple and almonds but any fruits and nuts could be used.
Find the quantities and a short video in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
How to make millet porridge in an instant pot?
Place ½ cup millet in a mixing bowl, rinse and wash it with cold tap water 3-4 times or until the water runs clear.
Soak it in 4-6 cups of water for at least 6 hours or overnight.
After 6 hours drain the millet and place them in the inner steel container of the instant pot.
Add almond milk and stir well.
Plug in an Instant pot.
Close the pot with a lid and move the steam release valve to the SEALING position.
Press pressure cook/manual mode and set the timer to 12 minutes at high pressure.
Once the timer countdown stops, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, move the steam release valve to the VENT position and let the remaining pressure be released manually.
Once the pressure is completely released the knob next to the steam release valve drops.
Now take the lid off the pot.
Stir the porridge well. Add more milk only if necessary to adjust the consistency and stir well.
Now stir in cinnamon, raisins, almonds and maple syrup.
Pour the creamy porridge into a bowl and top it up with apple slices and almonds.
The piping hot instant pot millet breakfast porridge is ready to enjoy.
How to cook foxtail millet porridge on a stovetop?
Place the saucepan on a stovetop.
Combine millet and milk in the saucepan.
Bring it to a boil over medium heat.
Cook millet for 15-18 minutes stirring regularly to prevent the millet from sticking to the base of the pot.
Add more liquid (water/milk) if the millet absorbs all the liquid while cooking but is still undercooked.
Once the millet turns soft and fluffy and reaches your desired consistency, stir in maple syrup, raisins, almonds and cinnamon.
Switch the heat off.
Pour the porridge into a bowl and top it with apple slices and almonds.
Substitutions and Variations
Sweetener: feel free to use any sweetener of your choice instead of maple syrup: agave syrup, brown sugar, dates syrup or coconut sugar.
Nuts and Seeds: Use any nuts or seeds that you have on hand: cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds or melon seeds.
Yogurt: A spoonful of vegan yogurt topping along with nuts makes a healthy addition.
Vanilla: Vanilla essence adds a lovely flavour.
Millet: Other millet could be used instead of foxtail such as little millet or proso millet.
Milk: feel free to use any plant-based milk instead of almond milk.
Fruits: Instead of apple use any fresh fruits of your choice.
Tips and Tricks
Millet to liquid ratio: The amount of liquid required depends on the quality of the millet and your desired consistency. So adjust accordingly.
Consistency: If the porridge looks dry, add more milk and stir until well combined. Do not pour all milk at once, instead, add gradually while stirring until you get desired consistency.
Soaking: It is essential to soak millet to make it more digestible. Soaking also helps absorb nutrients and cook grains more quicker.
Cooking time: It varies if you do not soak millet or soak it for short time like 15 or 30 minutes.
Milk: I have used unsweetened almond milk. You may have to adjust the sweetener if you use sweetened milk.
Fridge: Porridge stays fresh for 2 days if stored properly in an airtight container in the fridge.
Reheat: Place the porridge in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in a microwave. Take the bowl out of the microwave in between, stir well, put it back and continue heating.
Freezer: Millet porridge could be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.
If you make a big batch to save for busy mornings, let the porridge cool down completely. Divide it into desired portions and transfer each portion into a ziplock bag or an airtight container. Keep the containers in the freezer.
Defrost: Take one portion out of the freezer and keep it in the fridge overnight to thaw.
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📖 Recipe Card
Easy Millet Porridge
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- 3-4 Almonds sliced
- ½ Apple sliced
- Place ½ cup millet in a mixing bowl, rinse and wash it with cold tap water 3-4 times or until the water runs clear.½ cup (or) 114 gms Foxtail Millets
- Soak it in 4-6 cups of water for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- After 6 hours drain the millet and place them in the inner steel container of the instant pot.
- Add almond milk and stir well.1½ cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Plug in an Instant pot.
- Close the pot with a lid and move the steam release valve to the SEALING position.
- Press pressure cook/manual mode and set the timer to 12 minutes at high pressure.
- Once the timer countdown stops, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, move the steam release valve to the VENT position and let the remaining pressure be released manually.
- Once the pressure is completely released the knob next to the steam release valve drops.
- Now take the lid off the pot.
- Stir the porridge well. Add more milk only if necessary to adjust the consistency and stir well.½ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Now stir in cinnamon, raisins, almonds and maple syrup.1 Teaspoon Ground cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon Almonds, 2 Tablespoon Maple syrup, 1 Tablespoon Raisins
- Pour the creamy porridge into a bowl and top it up with apple slices and almonds.3-4 Almonds, ½ Apple
- The piping hot millet breakfast porridge is ready to enjoy.
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