Millet rice balls with avocado aioli dressing

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Preparation Time : 35 minutes

Cooking Time : 15 minutes

Serving : 4 to 6 members


Millet rice balls with avocado aioli dressing . It’s been quite some time since I made salad at home . Last afternoon decided to skip my regular lunch . instead make a decent salad that should be healthy and fulfilling . I was in a mood to use ingredients from my refrigerator kind of thing , as it was fully loaded with vegetables ,fruits and herbs after my return from kodaikanal . Picked what ever I felt was right enough to be used and ripe along with some other ingredients . I remembered going through a recipe ( not sure where ) , where they had used quinoa balls in a salad . So I borrowed that idea and started of with millet rice balls . The first time I was experimenting with millet grains . Made a dressing with ripe avocado and mayonnaise . Tasted bland and buttery so just added a piece of sun dried tomato and its oil . Tasted and it just did pure Magic . I didn’t want to use regular salad vegetables so opted for the remaining avocado and spiked it with all the green herbs that I had . Proceeded and put the salad together . The salad was creamy , crunchy , tart , fragrantly herby with colour bursting all over . This haute make over with marvelous pairing of contrasting flavours are for keeps and sure to be a hit on any table . finally my quest of skipping lunch and having a salad alone was done in style .

Ingredients for the millet rice balls 

Millet rice ( husk removed )120 gm
Brown bread4 slices
Red , yellow and green pepper1/4 each chopped
Olive oil2 tablespoons
Chilli flakes to taste
Dill1/4 teaspoon
Pine nuts1/4 cup
Lime juice 1/2 lime
feta cheese100 grams
Salt and pepperto taste

Ingredients for avocado aioli dressing

Ripe Avocado 1/2
Mayonnaise4 tablespoon
Sun dried tomato1 piece with 1 teaspoon oil
Saltto taste

Salad ingredients

Ripe Avocado1/2 cut to stripes
Leeks1 stem alone sliced few
Fresh whole basil leaves15
Mint leaves 8
Spring onion1 with greens chopped

Method for millet rice balls

  1. Pressure cook washed millet rice with 3 times more of water to the ratio of 1 share millet : 3 shares of water for 3 whistles and set aside to cool .
  2. Blitz the bread slices to a coarse powder . Heat oil and saute pine nuts and chopped coloured peppers to soft and nuts to lightly golden .
  3. Mix the cooked millet rice , pine-nuts pepper mixture , bread slice coarse powder , feta crumbled , lime juice , salt , pepper , chilli flakes and dill together .
  4. Mix well and shape into even size balls . Place on a greased microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 2 minutes . Remove and set aside

Method for avocado aioli dressing

  1. To make the avocado aioli for the salad , Blend the avocados with the mayonnaise , salt , sun dried tomato and oil to a smooth paste .
  2. Taste and adjust and set aside .

Method for salad 

  1. For salad , Mix avocado strips with leeks , fresh basil leaves and chopped spring onion .
  2. Toss half of the avocado aioli with the salad .

How to proceed and plate

  1. To serve , spread the salad on the base , top with millet rice balls and serve the remaining avocado aioli beside .
  2. Serve at room temperature .