Italian Millet (Thinai)
100% natural without additives
100% plant based
Contains dietary fiber
Rich in protein
Contains minerals and antioxidants
Suitable for vegetarian food
Italian millet, also known as 'Foxtail millet' or 'Thinai', is a nutritious grain that originated in Italy. It has a mild flavor and a light texture, similar to couscous.
Italian millet is a versatile ingredient that can be used as a base for salads, side dishes, soups and stews. It is naturally gluten-free and rich in dietary fiber, protein and essential nutrients such as magnesium and phosphorus.
Cooking Italian millet is easy and it can serve as a healthy alternative to rice, pasta or other grains.
With its delicious taste and nutritional value, Italian millet is a great addition to a balanced diet and an interesting addition to various dishes.
Nutritional value per 100 g
Energy value/Calories: 1645.4 kJ/ 393 kcal
Fat: 5 g
Of which saturated: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 74 g
Of which sugars: 0 g
Fiber: 9 g
Protein: 12 g
Salt: 0 g
Sodium: 0 mg
This product is packaged and/or stored in a company that also processes products containing nuts, peanuts, mustard, celery, sesame, shellfish, soy, sulphites, fish and molluscs. Despite all precautions, it is possible that this product contains traces of these allergens.
Store in a cool, dark and dry place. After opening, transfer contents to an airtight container.
Here is a basic step-by-step plan for preparing Italian millet:
- Measure the desired amount of Italian millet you want to cook. Generally, a ratio of 1 cup of millet to 2 cups of water is used.
- Rinse the Italian millet thoroughly under cold water to remove any dirt or impurities.
- Bring the water to a boil in a pan.
- Add the rinsed Italian millet to the boiling water.
- Stir the millet into the water and bring to the boil again.
- As soon as the water boils again, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and let the millet simmer.
- Boil the millet for about 15-20 minutes, or follow the instructions on the package. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the desired texture and the specific variety of Italian millet you are using.
- Check if the millet is cooked by tasting it. The millet kernels should be soft but still firm enough to have a light bite.
- Once the millet is cooked, drain any excess water.
- Let the millet rest for a few minutes with the lid on the pan, so that the grains can continue to cook for a while.
- Fluff the millet with a fork before serving.
It has a light nutty flavor and delicate texture, making it a versatile grain to cook with.
Italian millet can be used in a variety of ways in cooking. Here are some uses of Italian millet:
- Side dish: Cooked Italian millet can be served as a simple side dish, similar to rice or couscous. Season with herbs, butter or olive oil and serve alongside vegetables, meat or fish.
- Salads: Chilled Italian millet is a great addition to salads. It adds texture and nutritional value. Mix it with fresh vegetables, herbs, feta cheese, nuts or seeds, and a dressing of your choice for a nutritious salad.
- Pilafs: Italian millet can be used as a base for pilafs. First fry it briefly with some onion and garlic in oil or butter, then add stock and let it simmer until done. You can also add additional ingredients, such as vegetables, herbs, spices, and nuts, to enhance the flavor.
- Stews: Add cooked Italian millet to stews, curries or casseroles to thicken them and add extra nutrition. It absorbs flavors well and provides a filling texture.
- Veggie burgers: Italian millet can serve as a base for homemade veggie burgers. Combine it with grated vegetables, herbs, binders such as egg or linseed, and form burgers. Then bake or grill them until cooked through and crispy.
- Breakfast cereal: Cook Italian millet in milk or plant-based milk and add some sweetener and spices, such as cinnamon or vanilla, to make a tasty breakfast cereal. Top it off with fresh fruit, nuts and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
Italian millet is a nutritious and gluten-free grain that is versatile in a variety of recipes. It adds texture, flavor and nutrition to a variety of dishes, and can be used in both savory and sweet recipes.