Millet Croquettes

Millet Croquettes Recipe

I thought a lot about how I might pack for India. A lot. I'm excited about the adventure, and in the days before pulling my suitcase out of the closet I found myself deep inside my own head considering which cameras to bring, which dresses (just 2, maybe 3!), and what food to bring for the flight - SFO to Frankfurt to Delhi. That, my friends, is the one part of the trip I wasn't looking forward to - it's twelve hours to Frankfurt, another seven to Delhi. Here's a peek at how my packing came together. On the food-for-the-flight front, I've been playing around with a few ideas. No question, these dumplings made the cut, and I ended up packing these millet croquettes for snacking as well - crunchy crusted, basil and kale flecked, I think they'll hold up nicely.

Millet Croquette Recipe

One carry-on, one purse - that was the goal. My camera and film take up a chunk of space in my suitcase, and beyond that it's all about cramming things into little pockets and corners. In this shot (clockwise from top-left): lunch canister (new! I stack in layers between sheets of parchment), Love Travel Guides, Kindle (with this & this on it), sunglasses, notebook/phone, my Land camera, business cards.

Millet Croquette Recipe
Here's a glimpse of how it's coming together into my suitcase. I have room for a few more packs of film, and a pair of ballet flats. But everything else is in there - adapters and camera gear on the left, dresses (top right), toiletries (bottom right), camera and guide book (bottom left).

Millet Croquette Recipe

A few other travel favorites tucked away - pure shea butter, lip gloss, packets of nut butter, YSL Flash Touch (I think Jen Altman turned me onto this gem), Aesop Flight Therapy, I put this in a Go Tube to use for hands/legs, brass cuff from Cisthene, a comb I bought in Rome when I was 23, Love travel shampoo and conditioner.

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This is my first trip to India, and it's a relatively quick one, but I already have a good number of pics to share when I get back. More soon! -h

Millet Croquettes

A couple notes - the semolina flour I use here is a very fine grind which contributes to the creamy interior texture of these croquette (which works nicely in contract to the crunch exterior). ALso, feel free to go with a smaller baking dish to set the semolina, it'll result in taller croquettes.

1 cup / 240 ml milk
3 tablespoons clarified butter or olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
3/4 cup / 5 oz / 145 g semolina flour
1 1/2 cup / 2 oz finely chopped kale (remove stems first)
1/3 cup / 20 g grated Gruyere cheese
1 1/3 cups / 150 g cooked millet*
30 basil leaves, chopped
3 large eggs
2 cups / 140 g whole wheat panko (or dried bread crumbs)

In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 1 cup / 240 ml water, 1 tablespoon of the butter, shallot, and sea salt. Bring just to a simmer, remove from heat, and use a whisk to stir in semolina flour. Stir until combined, add the kale, return to medium heat and stir until the semolina really thickens up 5-10 minutes, your whisk should be able to stand up in it. Remove from heat and stir in the gruyere and millet. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if needed. Allow this mixture to cool for at least 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to release heat.

In the meantime butter a 9 x 13-inch, or equivalent, baking dish and line with parchment paper.

When the semolina has cooled, so that it is warm but not hot to the touch, stir in the basil, beat one of the eggs in a small bowl, and mix that in as well. Turn into the prepared pan spreading it evenly across with a spoon or spatula. Cover with a clean cloth or loose plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours. You can keep the semolina at this stage for a few days, cooking off croquettes as needed, or making them all at once.

To make the croquettes: Line a baking sheet with parchment. Cut the cold semolina into squares - I think 2x2-inches is a nice size. Beat the two remaining eggs and place them in a shallow wide bowl. In another shallow bowl, do the same with the panko or breadcrumbs. Gently dip each square into the egg, turning to coat, then coat the cakes in the panko/breadcrumbs. Transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with as many pieces as you intend to cook.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of clarified butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange a few croquettes and cook, preferably covered, until the bottoms are deeply golden, 5 minutes or so, flip and repeat for the other side. These are great served warm or hot.

Makes about 2 dozen croquettes.

*To cook millet: Combine 1/2 cup / 100 g millet with a few generous pinches of salt and 1 cup / 240 ml water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed and the grains are cooked through. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and cover until ready to use (or serve).

Prep time: 180 minutes - Cook time: 20 minutes

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!

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  • I enjoyed this post Heidi. First off, INDIA! Wow! Have an amazing trip. I can't wait to hear about it and see all your amazing photos. I'm sure you'll come back inspired. Secondly, love the packing tips. You are a pro. You got it down. And lastly, I'm making these pronto! I keep trying to find more ways to get millet onto my plate. These are a fabulous idea. I'm thinking these would be delicious covered in a simple tomato sauce? Have you tried that?

    greenthyme
  • Heidi your packing is blimmen amazing! How you manage to pack so few things to take I will never know. I seem to take everything but the kitchen sink with me whenever I travel, although packing for two kids as well will do that :-/ Haha. Safe travels love xx

    Emma Galloway
  • Wow! Such a light packer! I feel like a big, clumsy fool with my two backpacks and big wool coat next to all of this. I've been traveling more by train than plane recently, which makes packing food much easier, but adds to the bulk. A tiny french press, a foldable knife, and two tiny coffee cups now go everywhere with me, plus groceries for train picnics. Yesterday my bunkmate shared from his jars of homemade pickles and homegrown tomatoes--much better than the bread, chocolate, cheese, and fruit I'd squirreled away....

    Susan
  • my gosh Heidi! you're coming to India! Are you coming to Bombay? I usually don't comment but I had to! I'd love to meet you and show you around if you're coming out here :-)

    Praj
  • I think I need lessons from you on how to pack. I went away for one night last week and I took double the amount of stuff that you're taking for a trip to India! Love the idea of these croquettes too; I always struggle with airport/airplane eating.

    Kathryn
  • Heidi - I'm a fan! This recipe reminds me - In Delhi, look for sabudana vada - they are these crunchy croquettes made of tapioca pearls, peanuts, cumin seeds etc eaten with a hot chutney in Maharashtra and Bombay. In Delhi, you can find them at the Maharashtra stall in Dilli Haat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilli_Haat. I see you have so many recommendations, but Dilli Haat is wonderful - it's an open air market for Indian crafts and food from the various regions. The Maharashtra shop is in a corner - but i think you'll love te sabudana vadas.

    Tushita
  • Mmmmm, crunchy croquettes, those look so good! Have the best time in India, can't wait to see the pictures and the recipes this trip inspires.

    Katie (The Muffin Myth)
  • Perfect packing! Now that's what I aim for on every trip, but rarely achieve. On my next one, I will look at this photo to give me inspiration. I didn't travel light to Australia this year...I even took a bugle! But that's another story....

    thinkingofthedays.
  • I have some millet and was not sure what to do with it (besides your millet muffins), and you just solved te problem. I'm really curious to find out how the semolina, kale and millet balance out in this recipe.

    Mike @TheIronYou
  • These look like worthy successors to the quinoa cakes! :) I am so impressed by your packing. I also have a packing system that I use whenever I travel: just jam a bunch of stuff in at the last possible minute. Yours is probably better. :)

    emmycooks
  • Those look delicious and your packing is so precise! Have a great time in India! Where did you get your lunch canister? the simplicity of it is perfect

    Jackie
  • Oh you're coming to Delhi! That's awesome. I'd be more than happy to meet up and show you around, and/or give you some suggestions of places to visit - I've been living here for the last two and a half years! :) Feel free to be in touch if you'd like - theneemly (at) gmail, and I'm @neemly/@kollyglot on Twitter! :)

    Kassia
  • Gorgeous croquettes and love the peek inside your suitcase and what you're deciding to bring. It's always hard packing for big trips like this, wondering well maybe I should bring this...or not...or maybe I will. I go back and forth til the moment I zip it up sometimes. Bon voyage!

    Averie @ Averie Cooks
  • Love your Kindle cover. Where'd you find it?

    Kristen
  • so organized! any chance you'd let us in on the lunch canisters origin? have an excellent time in india!!

    aub
  • Nice recipe and do have fun in India!

    Archena
  • Bon Voyage! Have a wonderful time. Looking forward to hearing about it when you return.

    Kari Zazzara
  • yumm! such a pretty packing plan.

    Leah
  • i hope that's your carry-on! be careful not to pack any film in your checked bag because it goes through much more intense x-rays than your carry-on. looking forward to your images from the trip :)

    HS: Thanks for your concern Ava - yes, it's carry-on, I also keep my film in a single clear, plastic bag, so I can easily pull it out at security and request a hand check.

    ava
  • Those croquettes look fantastic! My question is unrelated to food, however (a rare occurrence)... what is your brand of carry-on bag, and do you have a "travel" purse? Have a great trip!

    HS: Hi RB - for the past couple of years I've been using a Samsonite Black Label carry-on - I'm not sure if they make the same model anymore. And I'm testing out a new travel purse/camera bag on this trip - a smallish, collapsible LeSportsac with lots of pockets. I'll try to post some pics of it down the line.

    RB
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