Friday, July 17, 2015


#ThinaiUpma  #FoxtailMilletUpma : #FoxtailMillet is known as #Thinai or #thinaiArisi in Tamil. It belongs to minor #Millet variety.
The botanical name is Seteria italica.
All millet varieties [ kodo, foxtail, finger. proso, pearl and little millets ] are gluten free and show high antioxidant activity.
Foxtail millet may help in controlling blood sugar and cholestrol.
Foxtail millet is a very good source of protein, iron, significant amount of calcium and other minerals.
It is also rich in fiber compared to generally consumed cereals.
Here let me present a simple but tasty upma using thinai.

Thinai upma [ foxtail millet upma ]

Ingredients :
1 cupThinai [ Foxtail millet ]
2 TspThuvar dhal
1 big sizeOnion, finely chop
2 or 3Green chilly, halve into two lenthwise
8 - 10Curry leaves
1/2 TspGinger finely chopped [ optional ]
1 1/2 TspSalt [ Adjust ]
To Temper :
1/2 TspMustard seeds
2 TspGram dhal [ kadalai paruppu ]
1/4 TspAsafoetida powder
2 TspOil

Method :
Take thinai and thuvar dal in a vessel and wash two times.
Add a cup of water and soak it.
Keep aside.

Now heat a kadai on a stove over medium flame.
Add oil and wait until oil attains required temperature.
Now crackle mustard seeds and then add black gram split [ urad dhal ].
Roast until black grams turns golden color.
Then add asafoetida, green chilly and curry leaves in the order.
Saute for half a minute.
Then add onion and saute until it becomes translucent.
Now add ginger and saute until its raw smell goes off.

Add 2 cups of water and salt.
Keep the flame at HIGH.
Stir well to dissolve the salt and bring it to boil.

Now completely drain water from the vessel containing thinai and thuvar dhal.
When it starts boiling reduce the flame to SIM position and then add  thinai and thuvar dhal.
Mix well with a long ladle.

Keep stirring for a minute and then close with a lid.
Let it simmer for 10 minutes or until thinai becomes soft and well cooked .
Open and stir well at regular interval.
Once done turn off the stove and allow to stand for another 3 more minutes.

Now tasty tasty thinai upma is ready to serve.
Enjoy with coconut chutney, pudhina chutney or mango pickle.

Thinai upma [ foxtail millet upma ]
Thinai upma [ foxtail millet upma ] Thinai upma [ foxtail millet upma ]

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