Coconut Millet Bowl with Berbere-Spiced Kabocha Squash, chickpeas, shallots, and spinach drizzled with coconut lime mint sauce. A vegan, plant-based meal, full of vibrant flavor and spice.
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Another nourishing veggie bowl! This time featuring millet cooked in coconut milk with a little turmeric for a golden glow. Kabocha, chickpeas, and shallots are roasted with richly spiced aromatic Ethiopian berbere paste. The bowl is finished with a cool cucumber coconut lime sauce balancing out the heat and adding a lovely brightness. Colorful, tasty and easy to make!
Millet has all kinds of good stuff going for it! High in nutrients and vitamins, millet is a mild-flavored, gluten-free grain. The flavor hints of corn with a slightly sweet nuttiness. Cooking up fast, tender and fluffy, millet is also very economical, versatile and easy to incorporate into your favorite dishes. By adjusting the liquid you can cook it more like rice or quinoa, or make it more like a porridge or soft polenta.
Growing up, my mom used to make a creamy breakfast porridge with millet, cinnamon sticks and dates cooked overnight in a slow cooker- so good!! It lends itself perfectly to both savory and sweet flavor influences.
Scoop 1/2 cup of the thick cream off of the top of the canned coconut milk for the drizzle sauce and set aside.
Using the remaining coconut milk and water we are going for a grain-like texture with the millet here.
Bring liquid to a simmer, add millet, turmeric and salt.
Let simmer covered. Don’t peak! Very important to leave the lid on so the steam does not escape.
Mix Berbere spice with oil and water to create a paste. This also heightens the flavors bringing out the volatile oils as the spices hydrate. Let sit for 10 minutes before using.
You can make the Berbere Spice from scratch or buy it at most upscale grocery stores, or online.
I really encourage you to look for red kabocha squash because it is so uniquely delicious! You might check with your local farmers- it is a hot item here in the Pacific Northwest. The skin is thin, no need to peel. Yams, butternut, or delicata would all be delicious as well.
The berbere gets thick after soaking, making a beautiful paste.
Liberally coat squash, shallots and chickpeas with the paste. (You could easily add chicken breasts or thighs to the roast too- see recipe notes!). Give a sprinkling of salt and pop into the oven to roast.
Prepare the sauce while everything is cooking.
Blend until creamy.
Assemble the bowls with millet on the bottom, topping with the warm squash, shallots and chickpeas.
Add fresh spinach and drizzle with the creamy sauce.
Sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes.
Hope you enjoy!
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- Homemade Berbere Spice Blend
- 20 Buddha Bowls (Vegan & Plant-Based!)
- Berbere Chicken with Ethiopian Lentils
- Kale Caesar Salad with Millet Croutons