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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Millet Arisi Upma-Thinai Rava Upma Recipe-Foxtail Millet Arisi Upma

Foxtail millet is "thinai" in Tamil. Thinai upma is made from thinai rava. You can substitute thinai rava with any other millet rava and follow the same procedure. This was sitting in my draft for more than a year, I thought it is time I share this recipe as it is long since I posted a millet recipe. This upma is very delicious and filling. It can be made for breakfast or dinner. The best combination for this upma is coconut chutney or brinjal gothsu. Today we will learn how to make thinai rava upma following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Millet Arisi Upma-Thinai upma

Millet Upma-Thinai Rava Upma

Millet Upma-Thinai Rava Upma

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Millet
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Thinai Rava or any millet rava - 1 cup
   Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
   Tur Dal - 1/4 cup
   Ghee/clarified butter - 1 tsp
   Salt to taste
   Water - 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cup

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Bengal gram dal - 1 tsp
   Red Dry Chillies - 3 - 4 (break it into 2)
   Hing/asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Soak tur dal in hot water for 15-20 minutes. Drain the water completely and grind it coarsely without adding water. Keep it aside.


Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add bengal gram, urad dal, hing, red chillies and curry leaves.

When dal turns golden brown, add the coarsely ground tur dal and saute for 2-3 minutes on low heat.

making millet arisi upma

Add grated coconut and saute for 5-6 seconds. Add water and salt needed.

thinai ravai upma

When water starts boiling, reduce the heat, add a tsp of ghee and the millet rava gradually with one hand and stir continuously with your other hand. This is done to prevent formation of lumps.

foxtail millet upma

Mix well and cook on low heat until it thickens.

how to make Thinai Rava Upma

Transfer it to another container and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and serve hot with coconut chutney.

You can prepare it directly in the cooker also instead of making it in a kadai. In that case, cook on low heat without the whistle until done. Stir in between to prevent it from getting burnt.

Thinai Rava Upma Recipe

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  1. This sounds very different and very beautiful... it is really interesting...but what is thinai rava? Is it a thing or do you pund the thinnai?

    1. You get ready made millet rava in all groceries. Thinai rava is thinai ground coarsely like rava. I got it ready made from health store.

  2. Hi padhu can you plz explain names of millets in Hindi or can you plz post pictures with names of millets.

    1. Check the link below for pictures of millets and their names
      How to cook millets

  3. i usually add grated coconut after cooking...its gives a different flavour...and i cook completely in the pan like sambar...is it ok if i cook like that or i should cook the half in cooker?

    1. You can cook in a pan but will take a longer time.That's all.

  4. Hi mam how to make thinai rava from whole thinai?

    1. You will get readymade thinai rava.You can buy that and use it. Otherwise, dry roast thinai and grind it coarsely like rava. Then sieve it to remove the fine flour. Use the thinai rava for making this upma.


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