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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thinai Arisi Upma - How to cook thinai rice - Foxtail Millet Recipes

Thinai Arisi Upma Recipe
There always needs a motivation, an inspiration, that extra push for certain things in life.....Thats how millets came into our regular diet. Sowmya always used to tell about different types of millet and insist me to try millet recipes and post it, though she was at the back of me I was not very keen about that(Shhh hope she doesnt read it else she will kill me ;)). Few weeks back came to know the health benefits of millets through mittus doctor on an casual talk....his words were so inspiring that the next day I was at Nilgiris millet section starring at all the millets....Though I bought and kept kambu months back, only now I tried kambu koozh(the post will be up soon) and now that has been a routine for breakfast these days.

As I am totally new to millets and when I kept starring at each millet at Nilgiris(actually I was trying to get the names of millet varieties first)....the sales paati came to me and asked what do you want and how can I help you? I said I am looking for millet varieties like varagu,saamai, thinai, kuthiraivali etc.....She is always a ready helper whenever we visit Nilgiris whether I call her or not when I am at the bean section she will be at the back of me with a smiling face :) And nowadays I make it a point to visit her to say a hi and get extra tips for cooking traditional ingredients....Having seen all the varieties, thinai(foxtail millet) impressed me as it looked photogenic(again food bloggers mind you see) so I thought let me start with it. 
Thinai Arisi Upma Recipe
These grains were traditionally used by our ancestors but totally forgotten today....Millets are gluten free, rich in fiber and proteins.Compared to other cereal grains, millets are well suited to less fertile soils and poorer growing conditions, such as intense heat and low rainfall. In addition, their rapid growth and shorter growing seasons make millets ideal for emergency, late-planted, and double cropping situations.So mostly they are grown organic without any pesticides and chemicals...Isnt that a great news? Source [Google]

You will find more millet recipes here in future so keep watching!!

Thinai Arisi Upma Recipe

Thinai Arisi Upma Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 1
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Thinai Arisi (Foxtail Millet) - 1/2 cup
Big Onion - 1 chopped finely
Water - 3 cups
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Coconut Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 3/4 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Green Chilli - 1 chopped roughly

Method:

  1. Rinse it well if you feel there is any husk...I usually get cleaned millets so I don't rinse it..Measure 1/2 cup of thinai arisi. Dry roast it for 3mins , don't let it change the color.Heat oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.How to make thinai arisi upma - Step1
  2. Add onions and fry till transparent, then add water and let it come to a rolling boil then add roasted thinai arisi little by little and keep stirring.How to make thinai arisi upma - Step2
  3. Once the water is absorbed fully,check if the grains have become soft then cook covered for 2-3mins until its fluffy.How to make thinai arisi upma - Step3
Serve hot with sugar or any side dish of your choice.
Thinai Arisi Upma Recipe

My Notes:

  • Actually thinai doesnt have its own flavour...its kind of bland so we need to induce flavours to this millet.
  • You can serve it with any chutney or sambar or just with sugar.
  • Heard that there is whole thinai also available but the one I got was thinai rice which is easy to cook and adaptable for any rice recipes - the info gave by the same paati :)
  • I used 3 cups of water and it was just perfect. If you are soaking thinai for an hr then add only 1 and 1/2 cups.
  • You can even pressure cook thinai for 2-3 whistles with the same water ratio though I havent tried it personally but will surely update it once I try the pressure cooking method.
Thinai Arisi Upma Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J

31 comments:

  1. I live in UK. cous cous sold here in supermarket looks same as thinai..just want to make sure both are same... If so I will try this soon

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    1. I think yes.. even i feel cous cous and the referred thinai looks the same . but cous cous is made out of rava i guess..

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    2. I am not really sure whether both are same....please check there in the supermarket and then go ahead

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    3. Couscous is a wheat product made from semolina. It is not a millet or a grain.

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    4. At first I'm also confused by seeing cous cous as thinai. But it's different.

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  2. I am so in love with millet these days... will surely try ur recipe.. I took a similar pic of dry millet too :) will post soon in my blog :)

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  3. Yesterday i was in nilgiris looking @ millets section. I was not confident to pick this thinai because i dont know any recipe. I was thinking why you didnt post any such recipe and i guess you read my mind. Thanks a lot

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  4. Hi sharmi,
    healthy upuma...and nice tray. There are varieties in millet and i normally get confused with the tamil and english names. I have tried dosa out of it... will try this too..
    Anu

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  5. Hi Sharmi,
    Nice and healthy variation. Good tray. Is that tray with pattern like banana leaf or is it banana leaf placed on the try? Where did u get it?

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    1. Yes the plate itself has banana leaf pattern...got it from a near by supermarket

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  6. I love millets and try to cook them often. Love this new version of thinnai.

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  7. Wow I am on gluten free diet and this looks so yum. Am thinking of having it with dal or curry to have a complete meal .. One question what do u called this particular millet in English .. Thanks sharmi . U r master chef

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  8. Looks so yum and since am on gluten fee diet . What does it called in English . U r a master chef

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  9. Sharmi I follow ur blog for many recipes.... Millets r very good for health...kindly try payasam in Millets it tastes heavenly esp cholam

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  10. Great !!! way to go my friend. We have been following your posts and applying some of your recipes for millets. I hope you are using unpolished millets, as polished millets are as bad as polished white rice.

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  11. @Deesingh, This millet is called "Foxtail millet", in English and "Kangni" in Hindi. Hope this helps.

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  12. Few more millets list :

    Tamil version(English version) Hindi version
    Kezhvaragu(Finger millet) Mandua
    Kambu(Pearl millet) Bajra
    Thinai( Foxtail millet) Kangni
    Varagu(Kodo millet) Kodra
    Saamai(Little millet) Kutki
    Kuthiraivaali(Barnyaard millet) Jhangora
    Cholam(Sorghum) Jowar
    Panivaragu(Proso Millet) Barri


    Thanks,
    Gayathiri.

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  13. @ Sharmi!, You are doing great work! Keep it up and I must say, you have a great food photography skills. :)

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  14. happy to see this millet recipe. i am using all these millets in my everyday cooking. try this thinai as a substitute for rice in the making of murukku. i made it twice and it gave wonderful results. as iam not best at cooking, if u try it , u can make even best results out of it. pls continue trying and publishing.

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  15. Thinai is quinoa in english.Couscous is diferrent.

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  16. hi, sharmi i am a great fan of ur recipies. Our family love your recipies. If i need to try different dishes my first thinking was to check your website. i am happy that you started trying recipies with millets. Please try out many recipies with other millets. Eager to try those recipies too. Keep trying many healthy dishes and post it... there are lots of fans like me for you.. :)

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  17. Wow..gonna try this..pls confirm the rice to water ratio .is it 1/2:3 or 1:3?

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    1. It is 1/2 : 3 cups only....I have used thinai arisi dont confuse it with thinai rava

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  18. Hi sharmi,
    I got whole thinai from provisional store. Is whole thinai different from thinai rice?

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    1. I am really not sure , this is what I get from the stores here

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