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Monday, April 14, 2014

Thinai Payasam Recipe-Foxtail Millet Kheer with Jaggery-Payasam Recipes

Wishing you all a very Happy Tamil New Year. Today apart from preparing Mango Pachadi and paruppu vada, I made this payasam with millet. All of you know my love for millets. I love to include millets in my diet as often as possible. Though I have prepared this payasam with foxtail millet, you can do this with little millet or barnyard millet also. Today we will learn how to make foxtail millet payasam following our easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Thinai Payasam

Thinai Payasam Recipe-Foxtail Millet Kheer

Thinai Payasam-Foxtail millet payasam

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryDessert
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Foxtail millet-Thinai -1/2 cup
   Jaggery-1 cup
   Milk (boiled and cooled)- 2 cups
   Cashew nuts - 10-12
   Raisins -15-20
   Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
   Ghee -1 tsp


Heat a tsp of ghee and fry the cashew nuts and raisins separately. Remove it and in the same pan, fry thinai until it is slightly hot to touch. If required add another 1/2 tsp of ghee to fry thinai/foxtail millet.

Pressure cook foxtail millet with 1 1/2 cup of water for 3 whistles or you can cook in a pan with lid. Check out my detailed post on How to cook millet.

Dissolve jaggery in 1/4 cup of water and filter it to remove the impurities.

preparing Thinai Payasam


Boil the filtered jaggery, when it becomes slightly thick, add the cooked foxtail millet.

Foxtail millet payasam with jaggery

Cook on medium flame until it gets blended well with the jaggery.

Then add cashew nuts, raisins and cardamom powder.

millet kheer

Simmer and add milk, heat it on low flames for a few seconds and switch it off. Do not boil too much after adding milk. I would like to make one thing clear here. Whenever you make any payasam with jaggery and milk, either the jaggery syrup should be at room temperature or the milk should be at room temperature. If both are hot, there are chances of the milk getting curdled as some variety of jaggery available in shops have a little salt in them.

how to make foxtail millet payasam

Enjoy this healthy and delicious Payasam hot or cold. Find more Millet Recipes.

Check out more Payasam Recipes 

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  1. wow...looks super tempting n delicious...

  2. Too tempting ...shall try it very soon

  3. Is there any extra work to make it for my competition pls reply me fast

    1. I cannot get what you are asking me. Anyway, you have to dry roast thinai and take it. If you use pure jaggery powder, no need to filter it.

  4. Tried thinai payasam for tamil new year and it came out well .. Thanks for the healthy delicious recipe ..

  5. Hi, I am new to your site and new to cooking. In your post on "How to cook millets" you have told that thinai has to be soaked for one hour. Here in thinai payasam when we should soak? Whether before roasting or after roasting? Kindly clarify. ___ CHITHRA


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