How To Cook Perfect Millet at Home – Simple & Easy To Do

On the topic of how to cook, today we continue with how to cook millet on the stove. You may not know but millet is very nutritious. You can try to cook the dish at home, after the topic today.

1. What is millet?

Millets are tiny pale-yellowish seeds derived from the grass called Poaceae. They are farmed mostly in Asian and African fields. In the market, they are also available in the form of flour, and flakes.

2. What does Millet taste like?

The gluten-free millets have a sweet taste. Its flavor blends with the set of ingredients used to cook it. After cooking, millets become fluffy and have a semi-sticky feel.

3. Should Millet be soaked before cooking?

Millets do not need any rigorous prepping! A quick rinse under running cold tap water is enough to wash off any excess starch that might result in a sticky texture after being cooked. Millets are hulled (removal of the dry outer coating known as husk) during processing. Therefore, soaking is not necessary!

4. How much water do I need to cook millet?

The millet to water ratio is 1: 2. This means that to cook millet in a pilaf style, 1 cup of millet you will have to use 2 cups of water if you want to cook millet porridge increase to 3 cups of water.

How To Cook Millet

5. How to Cook Millet


  • 1 cup of millet
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt


Step 1: Put a cup of dry millet in the sieve and rinse under the tap in running cold water.  

Step 2: Transfer the rinsed millet to a saucepan. Pour 2 cups of water, season with salt, and mix.

Step 3: Place the saucepan on the stove over high heat and let it come to a boil.

Step 4: As soon as you see the liquid bubbling, cover the saucepan with a well-fitted lid, and adjust the heat to low. Cook millet for 15 minutes undisturbed.

Step 5: After the 15 minutes have elapsed, turn off the stove and let the pot sit covered on the kitchen top for 10 more minutes. Finally, uncover the lid, fluff the cooked millets with a fork and enjoy as desired or make other millet recipes

6. Health Benefits of Millet

Millets are highly nutritious and non-acidic! They are packed with magnesium, copper, manganese & phosphorus which aid in providing the body the necessary nutrients to ward off cardiac illnesses. Furthermore, they keep you full for longer, which curb the odd-hour cravings that often lead to high-calorie unhealthy snacking.

With our help, you can see all the basic things about how to cook millet at home. Besides the stovetop method, you can also use the rice cooker to cook the millet. It is so convenient and time-saving.

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