Foxtail Millet/ Thinai Lemon Rice

Preperation Time:
5 mins
Cooking Time:
30 mins


1 cup cooked foxtail millet (thenai)
a small bunch of coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sesame oil (gingelly oil)
salt to taste
juice from one lemon
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 or 2 green chillies, finely chopped
an inch piece of ginger, grated
a sprig of curry leaves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup raw peanuts
1 teaspoon halved urad dal
1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size 1 Calories 1129
Calories from Fat 373 Total Fat 41.4g 64%
Saturated Fat 6.1g 31% Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 604mg 25% Potassium 825mg 24%
Carbohydrates 158.2g 53% Dietary Fiber 22.7g 91%
Vitamin A 8% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 8% Iron 53%
Sugars 2.0g 2.0g Protein 33.8g


  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.

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