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Mar 5, 2014

Thinai Arisi Sambar Sadham / Millet Sambar Bhat / Foxtail Millet Lentil Bhat

Fox Tail Millet / Thinai is one of my recent favorite grain and i am including it in my diet weekly twice or thrice. I replace white rice with brown rice, oats, millet, cracked wheat and completely skip white rice. Generally Millets(Kambu, Ragi, Solam, Thinai, Samai) 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 also 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, they are good for people who are gluten-intolerant. And the most important factor, regular consumption of Millets reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes because millets are rich in magnesium, which regulates secretion of glucose and insulin.
I am trying to include these millets in our diet in all possible forms. So experimenting few recipes and this Millet Sambar Bhat/Thinai Sambar Sadham is one such experiment turned out good. Just like the regular white rice sambar sadham tried it and the millet sambar bhat turned out good. Even my husband liked this Thinai Arisi Sambar Sadham. We had it with Vazhakkai Varuval, Plain Yogurt and pickle. More comfort, filling and satisfying meal. Now off to the recipe...

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serves  2 generously
  1. Thinai/Fox Tail Millet    1/2 cup
  2. Tuvar Dal  1/4 cup
  3. Pearl Onions/Chinna Vengayam    10 no.
  4. Tomato    1 no.(chopped)
  5. Mixed Vegetable   1 cup or more (i used Carrot, Beans, Radish,Broad Beans)
  6. Cilantro    2 tbsp(chopped)
  7. Tamarind Extract   1 tsp dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  8. Turmeric Powder   1/4 tsp
  9. Garlic   1 no.
  10. Oil   2 tsp
To Roast And Grind
  1. Oil   few drops
  2. Chana Dal    2 tsp
  3. Dry Red Chilli   2 no.s
  4. Coriander Seeds  1 and 1/2 tbsp
  5. Dry Coconut     1-2 tsp(optional)
To Temper
  1. Oil    1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds    1/4 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds    few
  5. Hing     a generous pinch
  6. Curry leaves    few
  7. Cashew nuts    5 no.s

  • First Wash and soak Fox Tail millet/thinai with enough water and keep aside.
  • Then Pressure cook dal with 1 cup of water, garlic and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder for 4-5 whistles, wait till pressure cools down and then open the lid and mash it well and keep aside.
  • Wash and chop veggies, onion and tomato and keep ready.
  • Then heat a pan, add few drops oil heat it and then add chana dal, dry red chilli, coriander seeds and fry in medium heat till dal turns light golden brown.
  • And roast dry coconut separately and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pressure cooker, when its heated add pearl onions and curry leaves and saute it for a minute.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and saute till it turns mushy.
  • After that add chopped veggies and stir fry for a minute and then add mashed dal and 1 cup of water and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add tamarind extract, enough salt and stir well.
  • Then add soaked and drained millet/thinai and sambar powder and 1/4 cup water, stir everything well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • And wait till the pressure cools down, meanwhile heat oil in a pan and then add mustard seeds wait till it pop and add cumin, fennel seeds let it fry.
  • Then add hing, curry leaves and cashew nuts fry well and add this tempering to the cooked Millet Sambar Bhat.
  • That's it...Tasty Millet Sambar Sadham ready. Garnish with cilantro.

The same way instead of thinai, you can use Quinoa, white rice or brown rice. For brown rice use extra 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water.
I used freshly roasted and ground powder, you can also use Sambar Powder.


  1. wow such an healthy and delicious millet sambhar sadham :) very healthy way to skip rice !!! very inviting dear :)

  2. Very Healthy and delicious sambar sadam using thinai.

  3. Sangee this looks so inviting :) your presentation is so catchy and i love thinai with dal and vegetables totally inviting

  4. that platter with the fried potatoes look delicious...

  5. Healthy sambar sadham, looks delicious too..

  6. tis s jus awesome.. i love millets replaced by rice..

  7. Looks like our normal rice sambar sadam. Kids and adults who hate millets can eat this without any constraint.

  8. Trust me, this is one of my family favourite one pot meal since few months, loving that bowl Sangee..

  9. This is very new to me. never bought thinai. Must try sometime :)

  10. Delicious rice akka and want to taste this now

  11. Very inviting sambhar rice.Love to take it as it is.

  12. looks tempting...gorgeous clicks..

  13. Very healthy and looks sooo tempting dear :)

  14. Super Sangee, even I have started cooking with millets, the thinai sambar saadam looks delicious..

  15. the usual sambar sadam with a twist- sounds interesting and looks colorful

  16. Healthy and Tasty sambar sadam...

  17. Wow nice recipe.I really love any kind of sambar.

  18. Well said abt nutritious fact!!nice presentation :)

  19. Inviting, healthy and filling sambar sadam.... awesome Sangeetha

  20. I am pregnant and i was searching for some different healthy stuff to eat and finally I tried this recipe and came out very well and very tasty :) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe ...

  21. I am pregnant I was searching for some different yet healthy recipe to eat and finally found this one and made it.. it came out very well and very tasty too .. thanks much for sharing this recipe ..

    1. Congrats Abarnaa! Happy that you liked my recipe...thanks for your feedback. TC!


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