Saturday, June 14, 2014

Easy Pantry Millet Cutlets

In preparation for my impending move, I am attempting to use up my pantry items, so that less packing is involved. Unfortunately, I keep on sneaking pantry items back in when grocery shopping. I can't help myself when I pass by a pretty package of red lentils. I have to get them!

Anyhoodle (not an actual word, but it should be), recently I stumbled upon an open package of millet living in my pantry. Naturally, I was inspired to make millet cutlets. These are very easy and quite tasty. Even a non-vegan liked them and noted: "ho! ho! ho! these are pretty good!" Everything is true except the "ho! ho! ho!" part.

Don't take anyone's word for it though, decide for yourself.

Millet Cutlets served on toast with hummus, topped with sunflower sprouts. 
Millet Cutlets (Makes 6 Medium Sized Cutlets)

1 cup millet (Cook it in vegetable broth and according to package directions. Once cooked the initial amount of millet will double.)
1 cup cooked red kidney beans, mashed with a fork (Substitute with beans of choice if red kidney beans are not your THANG.)
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon chili powder
Freshly ground black pepper (About 1/4 teaspoon.)
2 teaspoons less-sodium soy sauce (Use Tamari for a gluten-free option.)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (Optional, but highly recommended.)
1/3 cup organic ketchup (Add gradually. If not using nutritional yeast, you may not need as much ketchup to bind these cutlets.)
Salt to taste (I did not add any, however your taste buds may prompt you to do so.)

*Vegetable oil for frying.

First cook the millet in vegetable broth and according to package directions. This should take about 10 minutes. If not using vegetable broth, be sure to season the cooking water with salt (about 1/2 teaspoon). I added 2 cups of vegetable broth to 1 cup of millet, covered it, and brought it to a boil. Once boiling, I lowered the heat to medium-low and cooked it until all the broth has evaporated, for about 8-10 minutes. Once cooked, I fluffed it with a fork and set aside in a bowl to cool off.

Let's make cutlets!

To the bowl with the cooling cooked millet, add the mashed beans, and all remaining ingredients except salt and ketchup. Mix the cutlet batter with your hands and add the ketchup, gradually as you continue mixing the batter. The consistency will be wet, but not too sticky. Taste for salt and add if necessary.

*This is a good time to pre-heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. 

Divide the cutlet batter into half (score it with your hand inside the bowl), followed by dividing each half into three "equal" parts to make six cutlets. Form the cutlets in your hands and be sure not to make them too thick (about 1/2 inch in thickness should do it).

Place formed cutlets on a plate and fry three cutlets at a time, over a medium heat, in about two tablespoons of oil, for 3-4 minutes on each side, until the cutlets develop a nice golden crust. In case the cutlets lose their perfect shape when you turn them over, you can fix it with your spatula while they are frying. I did that without difficulties.

Serve immediately and store in a refrigerator, in a closed container, lined up with parchment paper in between each cutlet to absorb moisture for up to one week.

Peace out!


  1. These look great, definitely need to try making them sometime! :)

  2. Thank you Julie. My mom made these using my recipe and she really liked them. I hope you will get to try these puppies soon!