Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pearl Millet - Cucumber Salad with Pineapple Compote

The best way to enjoy a lazy weekend is to wake up late, have a cup of Green tea or any other drink that fuels and read newspaper till it is past the breakfast time. Then prepare a hearty salad for brunch cum lunch with a smoothie/cooler to guzzle it down and enjoy the whole experience with a book currently hooked to. Of course you don't get this privilege every week- last saturday was exactly the way  I mentioned - Hubby dearest was out of town, daughter was busy with her friends after a quick breakfast of bread and eggs and my sweetest son was unusally happy playing on his own with his cars and stuff ! I made this salad with Pearl Millet & enjoyed it with Pineapple compote. The Recipe courtesy is Roger Mooking who enthralls with his jazzy cooking on TLC. He had made a Quinoa Salad With the Compote. A few changes to the recipe were made to accommodate the items in my pantry, but the salad truly rocked. The burst of flavours made sure this salad makes an appearance in my hearth regularly !

Pearl Millet/Cattail Millet/Bajra/கம்பு is a very nutritive and gluten-free grain that packs quite a punch as it is fully loaded with essential minerals & vitamins.
Not only is the grain easily digestible but also it supports weight-loss in the sense that having it activates the I AM FULL button in the brain, thereby reducing hunger pangs. 

Also it looks so much like Quinoa the wonder grain (pseudo cereal rather)! 
The packet of the bajra in the super market actually made me squeal  in delight that finally I found Quinoa, but it was not to be ! I googled to find if quinoa was indeed bajra in disguise but could not find any satisfactory result ! But I am quite happy with this millet as it was really filling and can be cooked like the rice with adequate water. Upon cooking, the millet rose in volume to almost 3 times the original quantity. The millet also tastes good as porridge (konjee/kanjee). So here goes the recipe !


To make Salad:
  • Pearl Millet - 1 cup ,Water - as required
  • Cucumber - 1 (small cubes)
  • Onion - 1 (medium - finely chopped) - can also use scallions
  • Coriander Leaves - a fistful (finely chopped)
  • Mint - a few leaves (chopped)
  • Lemon - 1 (zest of half a lemon and the juice of a whole lemon) - to taste
  • Olive Oil - 1 to 2 tsp
  • Salt N Pepper - to taste
To make the Pineapple Compote:
  • Pineapple - 1 cup (chopped to small pieces)
  • Butter - 1 tbsp 
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp - to taste
  • Salt - to taste - did not add it - used salted butter
  • Ginger - a small piece (peeled n grated)
  • Cinnamon Powder - 1 tsp


Wash the millet well and pressure cook with adequate water. I liked the millets with a little bite to it, you can make them a little mushy if you want.

In a bowl add all the ingredients for the salad and season it with salt and pepper.Gently toss the mix so that the ingredients blend. 

I put the bowl in fridge for a while and in the meantime made the compote ready !

Compote is French for mixture and is basically a dessert made of whole pieces of fruit in sugar syrup. While the mix stews for some time over low heat, it is spiced with ground almonds/vanilla essence/candied nuts/cloves (SOURCE:WIKI)
For the Pineapple Compote:

Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the sugar and as it starts to blend with add the chopped pineapple and season it with salt. Saute the mixture over 
low/ medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and stir, and take it off flame.

The salad is ready to be eaten just like that and the compote can be savored a little later or enjoy the rush of flavours by mixing the salad with the compote !

Linking this salad to Aipi's Bookmarked Recipes: Tuesdays event announcement by Priya & kankana's Hearth N Soul Blog Hop # 44
Hearth and Soul Hop at Sunshine and Smile  
Also to kurinji's HRH-Healthy Summer


  1. Looks so delicious...lovely flavours.

  2. Omg, wat a healthy salad, wonderful flavours together..

  3. Wow healthy and new recipe. Bookmarked:)
    Event: HRH-Healthy Summer

  4. woww healthy salad looks inviting!!

    pls collect ur award from my blog http://sashiga.blogspot.com/2011/04/easy-chutney.html

  5. Yummy and lovely flavor combination...

  6. Pineapple is intimidating to me Priya! Never worked with pineapple- Your salad looks swell

  7. Healthy and refreshing salad..love the pineapple compote..

  8. very healthy and wonderful salad !!

  9. yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!!

  10. Healthy and yummy salad.love the veges.

  11. Yummy and healthy combo..nice one

  12. well its healthy too....the mix with pineapple and the veggies looks too good any tempting!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  13. A very healthy n original recipe- so flavorful n refreshing!
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)
    US Masala

  14. The salad looks wonderful. pineapple compote sounds awesome.

  15. Sounds Awesome..healthy and yummy!!

  16. Healthy one.
    I buy both millet and quinoa. They are two different things but are almost similar in appearance except for the color.

  17. Wow what a wonderful dish healthy and yummy.

  18. Nice Brunch priya! healthy and yumm!

  19. Hi priya,

    The teddy looks cute.
    For me when I am idle I am lazy. i always try to keep me busy in something interesting.

    The recipe is nice.never tried a cucumber and pineapple together :)

  20. It's looks very yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.

  21. beautifully explained and uber healthy salad- I am totally looking for this as a back up to my quinoa. xoxo

  22. Hi Priya,
    Nice healthy salad.
    Plz collect an award from my blog.

  23. Ah, they lazy Saturday you've described sounds SO delightful :), great recipe! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  24. Healthy n tasty salad, adding eggs is a nice idea too

  25. I know, what better way to spend weekend that this way :) This is a very hearty salad and mango will go perfectly fine with this !

  26. Nutritious and yummy millet salad accompanied by pineapple.

  27. I've never had millet but love anything with pineapple...

    Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop 44.