Millet Pilaf in Squash (vegan)

 I pretty much love millet. And I'm a fan of squash. So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try something like it. Of course I didn't want to bake it so I translated it to the stove.

Cut acorn squash in half. Scoop out seeds and compost or save for roasting later.  Place 1/2 C water in pressure cooker and place squash halves on steamer tray.  Pressure cook for 8 minutes.

In hot skillet with 1 TB olive oil, toast 1 C millet for aprox 5minutes until you can smell it but it's not burnt.  Now add 2.5 C water and 1/2 tea salt, cover and simmer on low until cooked (15-25 minutes)-- add more water if you need to.

In small saucepan, prepare the tadka.  Heat 2- 4 TB olive oil along with:
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, thinly sliced (or mild red onion)
1-2 TB minced fresh sage leaves
1/2 tea mustard seeds
1/2 to 3/4 tea salt
1/4 tea turmeric
1/4 tea cinnamon
1/8 tea pepper

Simmer until fragrant. Remove from heat.

Mix the scented oil with the toasted cooked millet and 1/4/ to 1/2 cup dried cranberries.

To server, you can either:
  • Fill squash halves with pilaf, serve on a plate.
  • Scoop squash flesh out and mix with pilaf, serve in a casserole dish or large bowl
The first option looks prettiest and is great for serving a main dish to each person. If you are doing a potluck and each person is going to take a smaller amount, then serve in a dish.

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