CFH during WFH
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CFH during WFH

Little Millet Porridge and Honey

Little Millet Porridge

Replicating a tiny millet experiment, inspired by Mom.

Little Millets: I picked these up from my local Indian grocery store.

Mom (Lalita Shankar) posted a detailed write-up about Millets and how they can be healthier replacements for grains like wheat and rice. In fact she wrote two whole posts about them:

Those recipes were just too interesting and intriguing. So much so, that when I saw a packet of little millets in my local Indian grocery store I just grabbed it (paid for it) and ran back home to experiment 🧪!!!

Little millets were particularly enticing when I spotted them because of the porridge recipe that Mom described that we can make with them. You see, the allure of an easy-to-make breakfast is worth the effort for me. Also, I was not sure how this would go, but I was just too curious.

So, here’s what I did…

1. Overnight Soak

I put two measures of ⅓ cup of little millets in a big bowl: so about two-thirds of a cup, of little millets. Why two-thirds you might ask … because ⅓ seemed too less. I then added about 4 times the water … so about 2⅔ cups of water.

Two-thirds of a cup of little millets; ⅓ of a cup already in the bowl, and the remaining ⅓ in the measuring cup.
2⅔ cups of water: 4 parts water for every part of little millets (⅔cups).

This was literally the last thing I did before going to sleep. I was pretty excited to know that breakfast would be easy to make the next morning. It was a good night sleep 😴🛏🌒

2. Drain and Microwave

Next day in the morning🌅 I drained the water. But before draining the water, I noticed that the millets had not soaked up the water to blow up in size. I was worried that I had done something wrong and called Mom right away. Upon hearing my concern she laughed and told me not to worry 😅

The little millets the next day: before I drained this water.

At this point, I drained the water, and added in a fresh batch of water (again, 4 parts for every part of little millets). I was going to prepare the porridge in the microwave (turns out that you can do this in a pressure cooker as well; I was lazy). Note to self: a little extra water might not hurt.

Ready to pop it into the microwave.

I set the microwave timer for 20 minutes. At the 10 minute mark I paused the microwave and added in a few tea spoons of milk and restarted the remaining 10 minutes of the cook. This is how it looked after the 20 minutes were up:

Little Millets porridge cooked after an easy 20minutes in the microwave.

It looked awesome! I could not contain my excitement and started jumping around(!) — this experiment was working out after all. My wife was amused.

I got the porridge out of the microwave and added about half a cup of milk and mixed the porridge well. Et voilà!

Breakfast is ready!

3. Add Honey.

Finally, I took a tumbler in which I wanted to enjoy this porridge, and added in some honey — in layers if I may say so: one layer of porridge, one layer of honey, followed by porridge, and then one last layer of honey. And I was off to my desk ready to enjoy my porridge as I started answering the morrning batch of work emails.

It was a super easy breakfast to make — I still have some left over in the fridge, which I will be having tomorrow. The porridge itself was light and breezy. I enjoyed this with a cup of espresso. It was a good start to the day. 😋😁




“Cooking from home during WFH” is a series of adventures with cooking when it could no longer be avoided during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooking as a course of last resort, if you will.

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Vijay Krishna Palepu

Vijay Krishna Palepu

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