The earliest evidence that exists of noodles in China indicates that they were most likely made from millet. Many thousands of years ago. A beverage called Raksi, a made at home alcoholic drink in Tibet, India, and Nepal, is typically made from millet. (Video available to paying and free subscribers at Substack)
Millet porridges, both sweet and savory, are typical items in Chinese, Russian, and German home cooking. They are common around the world, especially among those that can’t affords higher priced, sometimes unavailable grains like wheat.
2023 has been declared the International Year of The Millets. The reason why the word millets as opposed to millet is used is because there are just so many different kinds. With different names depending on where they are being used.
Millets are enormously important crops in tropical and subtropical climates, especially throughout Africa and India, but also in the Southwest and other areas in the US and Mexico.
Low moisture environments, highly acidic soils, hot climates, high salt content soils, and generally infertile soil don’t prevent millets from growing, providing a significant source of protein and calories in areas where wheat and corn just don’t survive.
Millets also make great rotation crops, and some types can grow very quickly.
Some people think millet tastes a little like a slightly nutty, less sweet version of corn, but. it depends entirely on the type of millet and how it is prepared.
Master Class in Home Made Indian Breads: Bajra Roti
The millet used is this bread or roti is most likely pearl millet (Cenchrus americanus). Known as Bajra in the Hindi language, millets of all kinds are widely cultivated in India for the same reason millets are grown throughout the world. They grow well under severe conditions.
Anshie Renu Dhar is a brilliant baker. And teacher. There are several classic India breads she demonstrates in this year’s showcases. Dosas, idly, flatbreads known as Roti made traditionally and in unique new ways are now streaming, closed captioned.
This is a gluten free, unleavened flatbread made from only pearl millet. Anshie shows both the traditional ways to make this roti, including using a clay skillet more common in rural India.
She also quite brilliantly uses a tortilla press as a hack for those who can’t afford $1200 for a machine called a Rotimatic. (Rotimatic.com, of course). Anshie shows you how it’s been made in India for thousands of years. It’s flour, water and salt.
With ghee when eating for the win, of course.
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