Foxtail Millet/ Thinai Lemon Rice

30 min cook time
5 min prep time
Main Dish
Preperation Time:
5 mins
Cooking Time:
30 mins


nutrition facts

Serving Size1Calories1129
Calories from Fat373Total Fat41.4g 64%
Saturated Fat6.1g 31%Cholesterol0mg 0%
Sodium604mg 25%Potassium825mg 24%
Carbohydrates158.2g 53%Dietary Fiber22.7g 91%
Vitamin A8%Vitamin C8%
Sugars 2.0g2.0gProtein33.8g

nutrition facts

Serving Size1
Calories from Fat373
Saturated Fat6.1g 31%
Sodium604mg 25%
Carbohydrates158.2g 53%
Vitamin A8%
Sugars 2.0g2.0g
Total Fat41.4g 64%
Cholesterol0mg 0%
Potassium825mg 24%
Dietary Fiber22.7g 91%
Vitamin C8%


  1. To cook millets, add the cup of millets in a pressure cooker, add 1-1/2 cups of water and pressure cook for couple of whistles. Once cooked the millets should be grainy. Keep the cooked millets aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok and add the mustard seeds, urad dal and peanuts. Allow them to crackle and the dal and the peanuts to get roasted well until it turns golden brown. Do this on a low to medium flame.
  3. Now, add the curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder and stir for a few seconds. Add the cooked foxtail millet, sprinkle some salt and give it a good stir until all the ingredients have combined well and the millets gets well coated.
  4. Turn the heat to low, cover the pan and allow the millet to steam along with the seasonings for a couple of minutes.
  5. After a couple of minutes, squeeze the lemon juice and give the millet a good stir. Check for salt and spice levels and adjust to suit your taste. Turn off heat and stir in the chopped coriander leaves and serve.
  6. Serve the Lemon Foxtail Millet along with raita, or plain yogurt.

The many benefits of Foxtail Millet include

Helps control Blood sugar levels – when consumed on regular basis. It showed lowered triglyceride levels, LDL/VLDL Cholestrol and increase in HDL Cholestrol.

Its known for its Low Glycemic index- gradual increase in blood sugar after food intake when compared to rice

Millets are a natural source of protein and iron.

Millet is very easy to digest – it contains a high amount of lecithin and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system.

Millets are rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid – as well as the minerals calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Millets contain no gluten.