By Guru Meher Kaur Khalsa, New Mexico, USA
When I was in my late twenties, I had a sudden breakout of acne on my face. I remember Yogi Bhajan noticing how bad my acne was (only because I was so obsessed about the way I looked). At any rate, he put me on a beet millet pancake diet for 40 days. This was really one of the most delicious healing diets I ever went on. Something about frying pancakes and eating something with a crunchy crust was really satisfying. Now when I make them I eat mine with a little mustard on top and some yogurt, but my husband prefers them with catsup.
When you make this recipe you may have to make adjustments with the amount of millet and besan flour you use, because of the size and juiciness of your beets. Also you can become as creative as you wish with the spices, depending on what flavors you enjoy. You might try adding curry powder or hot chilies for a different taste. Enjoy!
Beet Millet Pancakes
A Yogi Bhajan recipe modified by Guru Meher Kaur
2/3 cup millet
2 cups water
3 red medium-sized beets, cooked and peeled
2-4 Tablespoons besan (garbanzo) flour
Ghee or vegetable oil, as needed
Bring water to a boil and add the millet. Lower heat, cover, and cook for 25-35 minutes until completely soft. Using the grating attachment in a food processor, grate the beets. Mix the grated beets with the millet in a mixing bowl. Depending on the size of the beets, you may not want to add all of the millet. You want about equal parts beets to millet. Add enough besan flour to the mixture until it is stiff enough to form into patties. You might need to add a little more than 4 tablespoons. Add spices to taste. Coat a small sauté pan with a little oil and put it over medium heat. Place the patties in the pan and cook until browned on each side. Continue with the remaining mixture. Arrange the patties on a serving platter and serve immediately with sour cream or yogurt.
Guru Meher Kaur is a retired state government employee and currently designs websites as part of her new business, GMK Web Design. She also devotes her time to serving Hacienda de Guru Ram Das ashram by maintaining their website and producing a monthly newsletter. She has been a part of the Espanola sangat for over 35 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, Noor Singh, their four children and five grandchildren. In her spare time you can find her in the garden or in the kitchen cooking up some new recipe.