Thinai Arisi Puttu/திணை அரிசி புட்டு/Foxtail Millet Puttu

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thinai puttu/Foxtail millet puttu, simple recipe using millets. Puttu, is a steam cooked, snack. Since it is steamed it is healthy and trust me, has very less work too.  Thinai/foxtail millet is considred an apt millet, for making sweet dishes, since it has a  naturally sweet taste. The only additional task is to roast the millet and powder it, i hope you wont mind doing that extra step for the health quotient. 
Like any other puttu, thinai/foxtail millet puttu, follows the same procedure of mixing it salt water and steaming then adding the required flavors. Though the process looks like tough, it is very easy once you have the foxtail millet roasted and powdered ready in hand. So, i usually keep a small amount of flour ready, so it is easy to make this thinai/foxtail millet puttu, whenever we feel like having a steaming hot snack, something away from the usual. 
This thinai puttu, can be made as breakfast too, i would prefer it a bit savory with some spicy curry, will reserver this reciep for some other time, for now enjoy this sweet thinai puttu

1/4 Cup thinnai arisi/திணை அரிசி/Foxtail millet
2 tbsp powdered jaggery
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water 
2 tbsp assorted roasted nuts(i used badam,pista and cashewnuts and few raisins too)
  • Take the thinai arisi/திணை அரிசி  in a pan and dry roast it in a slow flame. It will flower up well and become crisp. Take care of the flame, keep it medium and keep stirring. Do not burn the millet, it will spoil the taste. Add salt to the water, mix well and keep it aside.
  • Once it is roasted,transfer it to a flat plate, let it cool for sometime. Take this in to the small mixer mate jar and grind it to a fine powder. Roasted millet will end up into a fine powder, so the key is to dry roast it well.
  • Once powdered, transfer it to a flat plate, sprinkle the salted water onto the powdered thinai/foxtail millet powder. Do not sprinkle all the water just 2/3 sprinkles that's it. 
  • Now start mixing the sprinkled water and the powdered millet together, you should be able to hold the flour in your fist and when pressed, it should hold shape and when crumbled it should crumble well. Add jaggery and fresh coconut, mix well.
  • Take two small bowls/silicon moulds or a flat earthen ware will also do good. I used three steel katori's/bowl, grease the bowls, fill the bowls with the millet flour mixture. I filled till half their capacity.
  • Cover the bowls with a piece of parchment paper, to avoid water dripping into the bowl while steaming. Steam cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from the steamer, let it cool for 2 minutes, the carefully unmould it on to a serving plate. Add toasted nuts & raisins. Serve Warm.

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  1. That looks like a nice sweet snack to munch on while plating scrabble. :)

  2. Wow... puttu looks inviting... very healthy and my most favorite millet...

  3. Wow such beautiful pictures and very healthy dish..I wish my kids eat such dishes as well!

  4. wow such an healthy and delicious puttu :) looks so yummy and lovely presentation dear !!

  5. nice variation to puttu. looks very nice..

  6. Looks a lot like semolina when cooked.

  7. Brilliant idea, puttu looks absolutely stunning.;

  8. Wow, love your clicks Priya. That deformity is a great snack for a game of scrabble.

  9. Hey love the scrabble setting there! Very interesting puttu!

  10. Priya, I love Puttu but always scared to make at home. This is a even better option with Thinai. Healthy and delicious. I love your small serving measurements. I have all the ingredients and I am looking forward to making this soon :)

  11. Thinai puttu/Foxtail millet puttu looks delicious. I have never tried my hands on making it but planning to make it soon.
    This is so healthy and delicious too.
    Thanks for detailed recipe.

  12. That's an interesting sweet snack Priya. A wonderful way to include millet in one's diet especially children. Love the addition of nuts on top.

  13. That is such an interesting puttu with millets. I recently bought a puttu maker from India - would love to try this recipe some time soon.

  14. I have heard of puttu but never tried and this is one healthy twist to it. Loved it.

  15. I totally love Puttu and this is a healthy way to enjoy this delicacy. Off late I have been trying my hand on millets, definitely this is on my to do list though...Loved your presentation!!

  16. Though never had puttu, but, this looks quite delicious and full of nutrition. Would love to give it a try soon!

  17. We have never tried Puttu dish at home, just the other day I saw various kind of puttu flour in south indian store. Your step by step recipes helps a lot.

  18. WOW !!Puttu using foxtail millet sounds different, I have not tried before though any puttu. This one seems so healthy with the use of millet. Lovely presentation

  19. I love sweet puttu. Thinai arisi puttu looks super yummy and it's healthy as well. I loved the addition of coconut and nuts. It looks so rich. I do have some thinai arisi left, will give a try on this recipe.


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