Fermented millet porridge is a traditional breakfast in a number of countries spanning Europe, Asia and Africa, where millet is an affordable and sustainable crop.
Fermentation improves the digestibility and increases the nutritional value of the millet, for a wholesome breakfast option. It’s also gluten-free, wholegrain, vegan and zero-waste!
Types of fermented millet
- The recipe below follows a method similar to that of Nigerian Ogi. The millet is milled before fermenting, which results in a very smooth and creamy cereal.
- Whole fermented millet is not ground before fermentation. The texture after cooking is similar to polenta. It also makes a nice, thick porridge.
- Dosas are South Indian-style crepes that can be made from fermented lentils and millet.
- Ragi Malt is a thick beverage made from millet flour. It can be fermented after cooking for improved digestibility.
Like most grains, millet naturally ferments from the wild yeast cultures in your home. If you are new to fermenting, it can take a while to catch the wild yeasts. However, the more you ferment, the more wild yeasts you’ll naturally have in your home.
If you’re struggling to catch a wild ferment or if it’s your first time fermenting grain, then I recommend using a starter culture to get everything going. Any yeast-based fermented beverage will work. Just add 1 tbsp of kombucha, water kefir, milk kefir or jun after grinding (step 2). It can still be left to ferment for 2 to 3 days and cooked following the recipe.Print
Fermented millet porridge is a traditional breakfast in Asia, Africa and Russia. Fermenting millet improves the digestibility of the grain and increases the nutritional value.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Nigerian
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 cup of millet
- 5 1/2 cups of water (divided, chlorine-free)
- 1 tbsp culture (optional, see notes)
- Soak the millet in 2 cups of water for 24 hours. This will soften the millet and start the fermentation process.
- Drain the water from the millet, then grind it into a smooth paste.
- Mix the millet paste with 1 cup of water and put it in a glass bowl or jar for fermenting. You can add 1 tbsp of culture at this point, but it isn’t required (see the section above for details). Cover with a tea towel and leave the millet to ferment in a warm location for 2-3 days. Stir at least once a day. After a few days, it will bubble and start to smell sour.
- To cook fermented millet porridge, scrape the millet paste and fermentation liquid into a pot. Mix with an additional 2 1/2 cups of water. Slowly bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. It will be very soft and creamy, with an almost gel-like consistency, when finished.
- Use a food processor or blender to grind your millet.
- Ogi is traditionally quite soupy, if you want it thicker, more like cream of wheat, then reduce the cooking liquid by 1/2 cup.
- Millet porridge is perfect for all your favourite porridge toppings. Serve it with fresh or dried fruit or jam.
- Leftover ogi can also be added as a thickener for soups and stews.
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