Friday, September 20, 2013

Foxtail Millet Khichdi-Korra-Thinai Kichadi-Healthy Lunch Ideas

Millets are highly nutritious and non-glutinous.They are considered to be the least allergenic and most easily digestible grains available. Since millet does not contain gluten, it is a wonderful grain alternative for people who are gluten-sensitive. Millets are particularly high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Foxtail millet is rich in dietary fibre, protein and low in fat  Unlike rice, foxtail millet releases glucose steadily without affecting the metabolism of the body. The incidence of diabetes is rare among the population which consumes foxtail millet diet. Millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. A cup of cooked millet provides 19% of the daily value for magnesium (source-whfood, Hindu). Foxtail millet is know as kangni in Hindi, tinai in tamil, Korra in Telugu and Navane in Kannada and thina in malayalam. Many people think that healthy food is boring and not delicious, but that is not true.Today we are going to learn how to make nutritious and delicious khichdi with foxtail millet following our easy recipe.

Foxtail Millet Khichdi

How to make Foxtail Millet Khichdi 

Prep time - under 10 minutes (soaking time not included)
Cook time - under 20 minutes
Serves - 1

Ingredients needed 

Onion - 1
Green chilli -1-2 slit
Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
Foxtail millet/ tinai - 1/2 cup
Moong dal split yellow variety - 1 tbsp (optional)
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ghee - 1 tsp
Salt as needed

Vegetables and greens 
Carrot -1 medium size
Beans -3-4
Potato - small 1 or 1/2 a medium sized potato
Tomato -1/2 a tomato
Drumstick leaves - fistful
(You can add peas also)

For the seasoning 

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
Whole black pepper - 2-3
Red chilli - 1
Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - few


Chop all the vegetable into medium sized pieces.

Wash and soak millets along with moong dal in 1 1/2 cup of hot water for 2 -2 1/2 hours.


Heat oil in a pressure pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, cumin seeds, red chillies, hing black pepper and curry leaves.

Add chopped onions, ginger, green chillies and saute until onions turn pink.

sauteing onions

Then add all the vegetables, drumstick leaves, turmeric powder, salt needed and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Add the soaked millet along with the water. Check for salt by tasting the water.

how to make foxtail millet khichdi

Close the cooker and cook for 2 whistles on medium flame, then simmer for another 5 minutes and switch it off. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, add a tsp of ghee and mix the kichadi well. 

millet recipe

Serve hot with any raita of your choice. Believe me, the khichdi tasted delicious. Do try it and give me your feedback. 

Healthy and Nutritious Lunch Idea

This is a very filling and nutritious lunch. It has millets, dal, vegetables, greens, oil and raita has curd- balanced meal, isn't it? You will get the satisfaction that you are feeding your body with healthy food. Switch to millet diet 2-3 days a week and see the difference in your health!

Note - If you do not have a cooker, you can cook the khichdi in a pan with a lid.

If you cannot get drumstick leaves, substitute it with mint leaves.

Millets are available in all organic stores or health stores.

Learn how to cook millets  like kodo millet, barnyard millet, little millet etc.

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  1. i have tried bisebela bath with this ! it was yummy!

  2. Thank you so much Padhu.You wouldn't believe but only yesterday I was searching for some recipes with millets. Looks like you heard my thoughts :).You have a wonderful blog .Keep up the great work and keep sharing your recipes..

  3. Wonderful healthy recipe with so many veggies looks delicious

  4. very healthy recipe. Thanks for it.
    Latha chamy

  5. Delicious and healthy looking khichdi. Wonderfully prepared. All the mix of the veggies must have made it super nutritious.

  6. Such a filling and nutritious food, loving it.

  7. Very healthy n tasty recipe,I am surely going to try this

  8. Healthy and tasty recipe.Loved the step by step explanation

  9. wow..looks inviting...nice presentation..

  10. I tried this yesterday. But the millets doesn't get cooked properly. I have soaked the millets in hot water for nearly 8 hours ( I put in soaking before I leave to office in the morning) What could be wrong?

  11. Really! They get cooked so fast but you have written that you soaked for 8 hours which is not required. Maybe the quality of millets. I got organic millets from an organic shop. You try it with that next time.

  12. Hi padhu..lovely recipe. I started using millets few months back and was searching new recipes in millets. Thanks for d post .

  13. Thanks for the recipe, tried the khichdi tonight for dinner, it was yummy.

  14. My mom tried something called "Thenai Arisi" sometime back and the Upma came out very well. This time around we got "Thenai", and cooked it in Pressure Cooker, the grains got cooked well, but when we bite we get husk at the end, which is not swallowable. Both the grains were purchased at Nilgiris Stores in Bangalore, and we did NOT soak either of them. What is the difference between Thenai and Thenai Arisi ? In the above reciepe, when you say soak for 2.5 hours, after soaking, do you wash away the husks ? Or it is just the husky/fibery outer skin just gets soft by soaking ?
    Please explain.
    Sorry for the long comment, but I hope your answer will help many.

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  16. Gobalakichenan Ganesan -I think both thinai and thinai arisi are the same. Some call it thinai arisi. After soaking it,the husk does not come but actually becomes soft and you will find it easy to eat.

  17. Hi Padhu I finally succeeded in making this Kitchadi. The mistake I made last time was I used simply thinai and not thinai arisi. Yesterday I made this with thinai arisi and it came out very well. Thanks for this wonderful recipe

  18. Hi, i liked the recipe, its very simple to prepare.

  19. Hi Padhu,
    I am a big fan of your receipes. All of them are very easy and very tasty. I made this today and was very tasty.
    I added a little bit more turmeric and in the end coriander leaves.
    Thanks a lot... and looking forward to more veg receips..

  20. thanks for sharing the recipe now my kids actually ask me every time to prepare this dish they absolutely love it and its vey healthy too

  21. what is thinai known as in hindi or marathi

    1. Foxtail millet or thinai is known as kang in Marathi and kakum in Hindi

  22. I tried with came out very tasty.exactly as saravana bhavan kichadi.:-).

  23. Hi i tried this recipe it was heavenly . Can i try this recipe with kutharavali samai varagu panivaragu tel me plz

  24. I love millets. Thanks for this simple and healthy recipe. I love your blog. Simple and healthy and hence inspiring:)

  25. Hi padhu, very good presentation. Whenever i cook millets i feel some kasappu(bitter taste) y is that so.please give me ur suggesstion

    1. If it is old stock millet, it can taste bitter. Do not store millets for a long period of time.

  26. Hare Krishna.
    Hello Padhu - our family loves your site and all the recopies. They all come out very well. Thank you for the step-by-step simple instructions and the additional tips, very helpful. There seems to a variety of millets. Would you know where to find the "Foxtail Millets" in US or online? Thank you.

  27. Hi. Will this receipe be good for lunch? Bcoz I read that millets will lose its softness if we dont consume immediately.

    1. Usually it will become dry. You can add a little more water and a tbsp of curd after adding the vegetables, if you want to pack it for lunch.

  28. Thank you Padhu for sharing this. We tried this today and it came out very tasty! Can we use this recipe with other varieties of millets?

  29. Hi padhu. I'm new to your site. I'm planning to try this recipe. Is it OK to soak the millet overnight?

  30. Hello, I followed all the instructions. However the foxtail millet did not cook despite soaking for 2.5 hours in hot water. I can't source the organic variety in my current city of residence. Any other suggestions? Otherwise it smells and seems delicious!

    1. I am surprised when you say it does not get cooked even after soaking in hot water for 21/2 hours. I think you have got foxtail millet with the husk.

  31. Foxtail Millet Khichdi. Interesting! Thank you for sharing this. Such a healthy and tasty recipe.

  32. Hi, I have parboiled foxtail Millet, does the soaking & boiling time remain same or different?

    1. Yes. If you slightly dry roast,then soak it, it cooks even better.

  33. I tried this recipe today.turned out super yummy. Loved it.


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