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Fragrant Millet Pilaf

" Saffron, orange rind and coriander seed make plain millet plain no more! "

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup minced onion
1 cup millet
1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch saffron threads
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 3/4 cups water
8 ounces firm tofu
2/3 cup white wine
1/3 cup minced shallots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/3 cups frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes

Instructions:

1) In a heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

2) Mix the millet, coriander and cinnamon into the saucepan; saute for another minute or two, stirring constantly. Stir in the saffron threads, salt, pepper, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then cover the pan, and simmer for 30 minutes.

3) While the millet simmers, prepare the tofu: Cut the tofu into small cubes about the size of peas. Place the tofu in a saucepan, and cover it with the white wine. Add the shallots and the garlic. Place the pan over medium-high heat until the wine comes to a simmer, then turn the heat to low. Simmer the tofu for 10 minutes or until the wine is reduced by half.

4) When the millet has simmered for 30 minutes, add it and it's cooking liquid to the tofu. Mix in the corn and the orange rind. Stir well, then cover the pan and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

5) Stir the tomatoes into the millet. Season with salt and pepper, then spoon the millet pilaf onto plates. Garnish with the chopped green onions and serve.