Sweet millet fruit balls

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes

    24–30

Appears in

Lands of the Curry Leaf

Lands of the Curry Leaf

By Peter Kuruvita

Published 2018

  • About

I recently spotted millet growing in an organic garden, among all these beautiful organic vegetables, and it reminded me of a time in Sikkim, in India, where I drank a fermented millet drink, the local liquor in those parts. As I drank it I noticed that a whole lot of grubs were clinging onto the sides of my bamboo cup — so I have never forgotten millet.

Nonetheless, millet is a very healthy grain. Crystal Maymann, an organic farmer on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, told me she only used her millet to feed her chickens, which got me thinking about the various uses for this wonder food, and became the inspiration for these nutritious treats below.

Preparation 30 minutes + 30 minutes chilling
Cooking 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 g (7 oz/1 cup) hulled millet
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) apple juice, approximately
  • 100 g ( oz/ cup) sesame seeds
  • 100 g ( oz/ cup) pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) malt syrup
  • 100 g ( oz/½ cup) dried apricots, chopped
  • 30 g (1 oz/ cups) puffed rice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 80 ml ( fl oz/ cup) lime juice
  • 100 g ( oz/½ cup) rapadura sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F).

Rinse the millet and place in a saucepan with the agave syrup and enough apple juice to cover the millet. Bring to the boil, then reduce the head and simmer for about 20 minutes. The apple juice will reduce, and when you can see the top of the millet, it’s ready.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow to cool in the fridge.

While the millet is cooking, spread the sesame seeds and pepitas on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 7–10 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the roasted seeds to a powder and set aside.

Warm the malt syrup in a saucepan over medium heat.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the apricots, puffed rice and coconut flour. Add the millet and lime juice. Pour the hot syrup over the mixture and mix until thoroughly coated, using a spoon. Set aside.

Mix the sugar and cocoa powder in a shallow dish. With some of the sugar dust on your hands, roll the millet mixture into balls, around 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. Keep dusting your hands with more sugar, to help stop the mixture sticking to them.

Refrigerate until serving, and enjoy individually as a healthy energy boost. They will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for several days; you might want to dust them first with cocoa powder if making them ahead.