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Friday, July 18, 2014

Thinai sweet paniyaram
Yes, you heard it right! Me too joined the club of sirudhaniyam / millets, after my parents bought me these during my recent India visit. My mom started using siruthaniyangal as she wanted to change her eating habits coz of her health issues. So she asked me too to include these in our cooking and bought me these. My dad packed everything with a piece of handwritten paper with the millets name in each so that it can be easily identified. Sure it is looking very similar to each other. I was very much worried before handling and cooking these millets, but its not complicated at all. Taste also better than the oats Winking. Not comparing them, but just saying. So far I have made only this paniyaram and upma with barnyard millet (kuthiraivali). I loved the upma too, it was just like arisi noi upma. Soon will post the upma, which is easy and basic to cook. Now this flavorful thinai sweet paniyaram.
Since Thinai is Lord Murugan's favorite, you can make this on Karthigai deepam day too.

Check out my other Karthigai deepam recipes

karthigai pori, nel pori urundai arisi pori urundai kadalai urundai Rava paniyaram nei appam Wheat appam Milagu jeeraga adai payasam recipes

thinai foxtail millet recipes

Thinai sweet paniyaram (Foxtail millet) recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 2 hrs soaking + 2 hrs standing     |  Cook time: 15 mins    Makes: 10


Foxtail millet Thinai - 1/2 cup

Rice flour - 3 tblsp

Wheat flour - 3 tblsp

Jaggery - 1/4 cup heaped

Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

Salt - A generous pinch

Sesame oil and ghee - As needed

Cardamom - 1

Cooking soda - 1 small pinch


  1. Wash once and soak the millet for 2 hrs. Place it in a blender with very little water, as it gets water after grinding easily if water is more.
  2. Thinai sweet paniyaram step 1
  3. Grind smoothly and transfer to a container. Add powdered jaggery, rice flour, wheat flour, coconut, salt and powdered cardamom seeds.
  4. Thinai sweet paniyaram step 2
  5. Mix well and set aside for 2 hrs. After 2 hrs mix well again, add a pinch of cooking soda and heat the paniyaram pan, pour 1/4 tsp oil in each shallow and pour this batter.
  6. Thinai sweet paniyaram step 3
  7. Cook covered in medium flame for 2 minutes. Flip and add more oil or ghee and cook until it turns golden brown.
  8. Thinai sweet paniyaram step 4


    • You can add half a banana too to this batter to make it softer.
    • Make sure the batter is not water or too thick. If watery, you may not be able to take from the paniyaram pan. If too thick, inside will not be cooked. So adjust the consistency.
    • To make the runny batter thick, you can add more wheat flour.
    • Sesame oil and ghee makes it smell awesome, so its recommended.
    • Giving standing time makes the paniyaram softer.

This paniyaram slightly has the thinai’s flavor, which very well goes with jaggery. Enjoy hot!


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  1. The picture in itself is very tempting.... gonna try this for sure asap.

  2. Even my amma started adding more millets in her cooking. Lovely looking paniyarams.

  3. healthy version.looks delicious

  4. Just a doubt...is thinai(fox tail millet) same as quinoa ?

  5. Looks good....I know millets are addictive am sure you will also come up with more interesting recipes :)

  6. Naan nenaichen neenga paniteenga, super :) looks so good and tempting...waiting for more millet recipes here :)

  7. Most awaited :)... luv millets :)

  8. healthy and delicious millets!! I have also started using them for a year now!!

  9. Dear Raks,
    Can we make dosai with this batter?

  10. Perfect recipe!!! Came out v v well!!! Thanks

  11. I have thinai maavu. can I use tat to make these and can v fry it in oil as v do for wheat flour appam bcoz v don't have paniyaram pan

  12. My sincere appreciation nd wishes for ur blogging & efforts. I love cooking nd its a stress busting factor for me. tats how u nd ur blog indirectly helps me to b cool always. keep rocking

  13. Hi, at which stage should we have to add banana?

    1. You can add just before making. Mash it well and mix in the batter.

  14. Let me try 2mrw.. thanka Raks

  15. very tasty thank you so much

  16. Hi,
    Can we make this millet sweet paniyaram a day on advance? Will it become hard?

  17. Yes, if you make before day it will become hard.

  18. can we do this with any other millet? will it be good


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