Pitimi or Pitimi is one of some Haitian favorite food. Pitimi has so many special benefits that it is important to include it in your diet.
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Pitimi is frequently described as an ancient grain, though it is technically a seed. There is no official definition for the term “ancient grain,” but the Whole Grains Council includes in this category grains that have remained largely unchanged over the past several centuries. Quinoa, chia seed, and buckwheat are all considered ancient grains while modern varieties of wheat are not.
Though technically a seed, Pitimi offers similar health benefits to other grains and can be prepared in many of the same ways. It looks like little yellow pellets of birdseed (which is, in fact, one of the ways it is used) but it cooks up into a tender grain that has a mild corn flavor. It is both nutrient-rich and offers numerous heart-protective properties in addition to other benefits. Plus, it is something unique that can help add some flavor variety to your gluten-free diet.
Here is an overview of some of the other health benefits Pitimi has to offer:
- With 9 grams of fiber per 100-gram serving, Pitimi supports healthy and regular digestion. It may also help resolve issues like diarrhea and supports healthy gut flora to prevent peptic ulcers and reduce your risk of colon cancer.
- Pitimi is rich in catechins such as quercetin which boost liver and kidney function. These organs are essential for the detoxification of the body.
- The magnesium content of Pitimi provides a variety of benefits including improving insulin sensitivity to help prevent type 2 diabetes.
- Pitimi contains numerous antioxidants including selenium, quercetin, and pantothenic acid which protect the body against free-radical damage and oxidative stress, helping to prevent many chronic diseases.
- Rich in iron as well as folate and folic acid, Pitimi helps prevent anemia by supporting the formation of red blood cells and maintaining adequate hemoglobin levels.
- The phosphorus content of Pitimi supports the formation of cells, tissues, and bones, helping the body repair itself – phosphorus is also a key component in nervous system structures.
- With plenty of insoluble fiber, Pitimi prevents the formation of gallstones by reducing intestinal transit time – it also reduces bile acid secretion which is known to contribute to gallstone formation.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh chives chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- ½ onion minced
- 2 – 3 whole cloves
- 1 fresh thyme sprig
- 3 ½ cups water
- 2 cups millet washed
- ¾ cup cooked red kidney beans with 1cup beans broth (warm)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 – 2 tablespoons Tomato paste optional
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add garlic, chives, parsley, onion, cloves, and thyme and fry for 2 – 3 minutes stirring. Add tomato paste if using before adding water (let tomato paste cook with spices). Add water and bring to boil. In the meantime, rinse millet under cold running water. When water starts to boil, add millet, stir, and season with salt and pepper and let cook over medium heat. When the water has almost evaporated, add cooked beans with its broth gently stir and continue to cook. Check to season and add additional salt and pepper. When all the water evaporates, lower heat, cover and cook for 45 minutes to one hour, gently stirring millet mixture occasionally. Let the millet cook completely before serving. Serve with seafood, poultry or meat of your choice.