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Mar 7, 2014

Thinai Idly Recipe / Thinai Idli Recipe / Fox Millet Idly Recipe / Fox Millet Idli Recipe / Foxtail Millet Idli Recipe / Navane Idli Recipe

We all know millets are so much healthier for us, but have you ever thought why we have not included in our daily diet like we include rice, vegetables, meat and stuff like that. Probably the answer would be we dont know how to use them, what to do with them. I too was like that untill i planned to start a series called "cooking with millets". So far i have used only thinai / foxtail millets.  I made idli and dosai with it and simple loved it.. Make sure you check out the thinai dosa recipe too..

Few days back me and hubby were talking about healthy eating. We finally came to a decision that including millets in our diet atleast once a week. And immediately we went for a purchase, igot two packets of thinai, two packets of kambu and barley. This is what i could find in my super market. But still i have explore other grains too like samai, varagu.  So stay tuned for more millet recipes.

And to say about this idli, i was quite worried about the taste of the idly. But to my surprise it turned out quite good actually. It was little denser than normal rice idlies, you have to keep in mind that it is made my millets BTW. And for best taste enjoy this idly with tomato chutney and coconut chutney.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Soaking Time : 4 hours
Fermenting Time : 6 to 8 hours
Cooking Time : 10 mins per batch
Serves : 7 to 10


Thinai / Foxtail Millet - 2 cups
Normal Cooking Rice - 1 cup ( I used Red Samba Rice)
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1cup
Fenugreek Seeds / Vendayam - 1 tsp
Salt to taste


Wash all the ingredients well in lots and lots of water. 

Now soak urad dal and fenugreek together, Soak rice and thinai separately. Soak all of them for 4 hours.

When they are soaked, drain them.

Now take a blender and add urad dal and fenugreek. Grind them till they are fluffy and foamy. Transfer them to a large bowl.

Now in the same blender add in rice and thinai and grind them till they are smooth. Add water slowly while grinding them.

Pour them to the same bowl where you have urad dal mix. Add salt and mix well.

Now cover them and leave to ferment for 6 - 8 hours.

Once they are fermented, give one final mix.

Grease idli plates with oil. pour small ladleful of batter in it and steam for 7 to 10 mins.

Once steamed, remove each idly with a spoon and serve it with coconut chutney ad spicy tomato chutney

Take all your ingredients

This is how thinai looks like

Urad dal and fenugreek seeds

Rice , I used Samba Red Rice

Wash them very well and soak them in water

Cover and leave them for 4 hours

When they are soaked

First grind urad dal and fenugreek mix

Grind till they are foamed up and fluffy

Transfer to a large bowl

Now in the same blender, add rice

add thinai along with rice

Grind them to a smooth paste

Add it to urad dal mix

Add in salt

Mix well
Cover and let it ferment

Look it is fermented

grease your idly plates

All greased

Pour it into idly moulds

Place them on idly stand

Cover and cook

Cook till done

Remove with a spoon



  1. wow,healthy round soft,sponge idlies, yummy

  2. Really healthy and filling breakfast option!

  3. Hi, I am so glad to have come across this wonderful blog of yours, believe me though I am a blogger myself I am addicted to food blogs and love quite a few of them, but I am yet to see a blog like yours , I just looooved the pictures you have put in each recipe, it shows your hardwork and love for your blog. The pictures are amazing and gives so much of clarity, even if there is no recipe written one can easily follow. Thank you for such wonderful recipes. I am going to try quite a few of them.
    take care and God bless

  4. Please tell me if I can use thinnai flour in this. If so the measurement pls.

  5. Using the thinnai flour it came out well.thanks. I was about to throw out
    The flour packet as it had been lying down there for months and I couldn't
    Find any use:)

  6. Can you please say right proportion for 2 ppl alone.

  7. Did you use raw rice or parboiled rice?

  8. @AnonymousI used red samba rice, you can use idli rice.

  9. What modification i need to do, if i use barnyard millet ( kuthiraivaali)?

  10. @MeenakshiI am not sure, but same propotion would work i think so

  11. Hi aarthi, normally we add salt to the batter jus before cooking. Is there any specific difference in adding salt before the fermation of idli batter?

  12. @Geetha MaryAdding salt to the batter makes it ferment faster

  13. Hi Aarthi,

    Have a doubt. Is Fox Millet also known as Bajra?

  14. @SangeethaNo bajra is different.. it is called as pearl millet

  15. For thinai, dont we have to remove the husk or the outer covering, it is said it is not good for people.

  16. @Anonymousno it is not like that, u can use whole

  17. Quinoa and thinai r same?

  18. I used thinai like you shown in picture for kichadi already I washed out and soak for 5hours but while cooking it won't cook well and it takes more time too . And also more husk are seen can you guide me proper use of thinai how can I remove husk from it


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