Dhanyam recipe of the month: Thinai Adai

Millets have long been treated as the poor cousins of rice, despite their high nutritional value.
Thanks to the recent spreading awareness of small grains, they are gaining more importance for the simple fact their nutritive value are becoming evident.There are several types of millets, some common ones are:

Thinai (Fox tail millet)
Kambu (pearl millet)
Solam (jowar)
Varagu( kodo millet)

There is an interesting recipe on the first one – Thinai that I would like to share in today’s post. It’s Thinai Adai.


Thinai ( foxtail millet ) – 1 cup
Bengal gram dal – 1/2 cup
Urad dal – 1/2 cup
Cabbage – 1/2 cup
Red chilli – 3
Coconut – 1/2 cup
Asafoetida – a pinch
Salt – as needed


1. Soak thinai, bengal gram dal, urad dal in water for 3 hours.
2. Grind thinai,bengal gram dal, urad dal, chilli, to a batter.
3. Add cabbage, coconut, asaofoetida, salt and mix well.
4. Heat a flat frying pan.
5. Add a ladle of batter, spread to a thick circle, dribble oil and cook on both sides.

Try this and I’m sure you’d enjoy this humble yet nutritious dish.

Where to get organic millets in Chennai: Dhanyam offers a large variety of country millets such as thinai, kambu, varau, kuthiraivali, solam, samai and much more. Please visit Dhanyam Organic Superstore at No. 24, North Boag Road, T. Nagar, Chennai -17 or call us on 044-28157654 for more information.

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