Average: 5 (1 vote)
Active time
20 minutes
Total time
50 minutes
6 servings

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 onions, finely chopped

2 carrots, pelled and diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp minced gingerroot

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp freshy grated orange zest

2 cups sweet potato purée (see tips, below)

6 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock

¾ cup millet, toasted (see tips, below)

1 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice

¼ cup pure maple syrup

Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Toasted walnuts or sliced almonds

Plain yogurt, optional

  1. In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until carrots have softened, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, ginger curry powder and orange zest and cook, stirring, for about one minute. Add sweet potato purée and stock, and stir well.
  3. Bring to a boil. Stir in millet. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until millet is tender and flavors have blended, about 30 minutes.
  4. Add orange juice and maple syrup and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with toasted nuts and a drizzle of yogurt, if using.

To get this quantity of puréed sweet potato, bake, peel, and mash 2 medium sweet potatoes (each about 6 ounces) or use a 14-ounce can of sweet potato purée.

While it’s not necessary to toast millet, toasting does bring out its pleasantly nutty flavor. To toast millet, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it crackles and releases its aroma, about 5 minutes.

 Recipe courtesy of Judith Finlayson, from her book “The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook.” Photo by Colin Erricson.


Calories: 290
Total Fat: 7 g
(Saturated Fat: 0.5 g)
Sodium: 310 mg
Carbohydrate: 51 g
Fiber: 6 g
Protein: 5 g.

Yield: 6 servings

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My friend fixed this for Thanksgiving feast yesterday and I couldn't stop thinking about it after I had it!! It is such a perfect fall/winter soup or stew. Warming, filling, balanced. She omitted the maple syrup as it is plenty sweet from the orange juice (she used Satsumas!!! YUM). The other adaptation was to create "fresh" curry instead of using the powder: saute coriander seed with the onions & other vegs. Add turmeric, a bit of cayenne and zow. It doesn't take more time than dipping into that bottle of curry powder and the flavor is so astounding. Thanks for fabulous recipe!
That is great to hear! Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like a couple of perfect modifications, and we encourage people to customize recipes as they see fit!

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