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Recipe for millet fried rice

Millet, the base of diets in Africa and Asia for centuries, can be served like fried rice with familiar tastes: scallions, peas, carrots, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds.Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe/Karoline Boehm Goodnick

Serves 4

Millet, a tiny gluten-free seed, originated in China and therefore lends itself nicely to Chinese flavors and preparations. Millet is often cooked one of two ways: with lots of liquid and a longer cooking time to create a porridge-like consistency or with less liquid and a shorter cooking time for a lighter dish similar to quinoa or couscous. Here, use millet in place of rice to make the Chinese-American staple. Use leftover millet or cook it fresh (and take care not to overcook) and use it the same day.

1 cups millet
2 cups water
Salt and pepper, to taste
4tablespoons peanut oil
3eggs, lightly beaten
3cloves garlic, finely chopped
1piece (2 inches) fresh
ginger, finely chopped
bunches scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
2carrots, thinly sliced
2cups frozen peas, rinsed with cold water
¼cup soy sauce
2teaspoons dark sesame oil
1tablespoon sesame seeds

1. In a medium flameproof casserole over medium-high heat, toast millet in a dry pan for 2 to 3 minutes or until it releases a nutty aroma.

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2. Pour in the water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and fluff with a fork.

3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil. Add the eggs, salt, and pepper. Scramble for 1 to 2 minutes or until they form large, soft curds. Transfer to a cutting board, and chop into small pieces.

4. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons peanut oil to the skillet. Add garlic, ginger, and scallions. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the carrots and cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until almost tender. Stir in the peas, cooked millet, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Cook, stirring gently, for 2 minutes, or until peas and millet are hot. Stir in scrambled eggs.

5. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Karoline Boehm Goodnick