Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thinai Sweet Kuzhi Paniyaram - Foxtail Millet Paniyaram Recipe

Thinai Sweet Kuzhi Paniyaram
This is the second time I am trying millet paniyaram.The first time I tried a instant version, it became very hard so I didn't post it.After that I held back myself trying millet paniyaram itself but today morning I was craving to eat sweet paniyaram as I felt bored to eat dosa / idli so decided to make thinai / foxtail millet sweet paniyaram as I had seen the recipe in the millet cookbook my neighbour shared with me.I just modified the recipe a bit and to my surprise it came out good and that justifies the post today itself :) I had few leftover paniyarams which I just had for my lunch :) Yes I loved the texture and taste very much now lets get on to make thinai sweet paniyaram shall we?! :)
Thinai Sweet Kuzhi Paniyaram

Thinai Paniyaram Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 3 hrs | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : around 11
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Thinai(Foxtail Millet) - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour - 2 tbsp
Coconut - 2 tbsp grated
Jaggery - 4 tbsp
Water - as needed
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/8 tsp
Oil - as required to toast
Salt - a tiny pinch


  1. Add 1/8 cup of water to jaggery and heat it up until it nicely bubbles and is thick more like honey in consistency. Strain to remove impurities and set the jaggery syrup aside.I made more than above mentioned quantity so please don't compare it with the ingredients list.
    How to make millet paniyaram - Step1
  2. Rinse the millet well and soak it in water for 1 hour.Then drain water completely and grind it to a fine paste.How to make millet paniyaram - Step2
  3. It should be this thick, can you see the consistency?! Transfer it to a mixing bowl along with rice flour,coconut,jaggery syrup,a pinch of salt , mix well add little water if required and set aside for atleast 3 hrs.Then add baking soda mix it well.How to make millet paniyaram - Step3
  4. The consistency should be slightly thicker than our dosa batter consistency so adjust water accordingly.Heat paniyaram pan, grease the pan with oil and add a laddle full of the batter in each hole.Cook covered for 2-3mins.How to make millet paniyaram - Step4
  5. Turn over to other side and cook for 3mins until its golden brown.Carefully transfer the paniyarams to a plate and serve hot.How to make millet paniyaram - Step5
Serve as a teatime snack or for breakfast.Foxtail Millet Paniyaram

My Notes:

  • The batter should not too too runny or too thick so always while grinding don't add more water add water just enough for the mixie to run without getting stuck.
  • This millet paniyaram recipe is not instant you need to keep it aside atleast for 3-4 hrs only then you will soft paniyarams.
  • The more resting time you give it gives softness to the paniyaram.You can also keep the batter aside for 5-6 hrs but make sure once you add baking powder make the paniyarams at once.
  • You can add coconut pieces / grated coconut for extra crunch.
  • I always use filtered jaggery syrup to remove impurities.
  • Salt is added just to lift the sweet taste.
Foxtail Millet Paniyaram

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Very healthy one.. Can you also post recipes using jowar

  2. Healthy too... please post kulcha recipe. . Am awaiting that receipe from your blog.

  3. can we add raw rice instead of rice flour if so , give rice thinai ratio please

    1. Yes you can try that...I have tried that so may be next time I try will update here

  4. Is it okay if I don't add baking powder? Because I want to make this for my 10 month old baby

    1. If you want to skip it then leave the batter to ferment atleast for 8 hrs then make paniyarams to get softer texture


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