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Thinai Kesari / Foxtail Millet Kesari

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Already I have shared a video of making palm jaggery syrup using PalmJaggery from Ekgaon, an online grocery shopping platform where the products are directly from farmers to customers. Palm jaggery was of high quality and liked the texture, fragrance and now again it’s Thinai / Foxtail Millet from them.

Also check out my Rava Kesari / Semolina Kesari, Aval Kesari / Poha KesariSemiya Kesari  / Vermicelli Kesari and Paal Kesari / Milk Kesari

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Thinai Kesari / Foxtail Millet Kesari

Coming to Foxtail Millet / Thinai Arisi, at times when I feel bore to use to rice and shift to millets, so I use to have millets at home on regular basis. When thought of making something with this Thinai, I liked to make a sweet, melting in the mouth due to the monsoon here in Bangalore, India. This resulted me in making my all-time favorite.

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Thinai Kesari was too heavenly, that kept melting in mouth. Usually I like the kesari to be in melting consistency, so just like that I have ground the millet to coarse granules and prepared this kesari. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Thinai Arisi / Foxtail Millet – 1 cup
  • Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – ¼ cup
  • Red food colour – ¼ tsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Raisins – 5 nos

Making of Thinai Kesari / Foxtail Millet Kesari –

Preparation:

  • Grind the Thinai Arisi / Foxtail millet to a coarse powder (for getting mashing consistency) and keep it aside.
  • Heat a kadai, add a tsp of ghee/clarified butter, add the coarsely grounded thinai arisi / foxtail millet, fry until they turn golden brown.
  • Transfer it to a plate, spread it and bring it to room temperature.
  • Heat 6 cups of water in a kadai, cover and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, add the red color and add the roasted thinai arisi / foxtail millet little by little, cover and cook until the millet is cooked.
  • Once it’s cooked, add the sugar, stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Drizzle a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter and cook for few mins.
  • Meanwhile heat the leftover ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add the cashew nuts, cook until it turns golden brown.
  • Add the raisins, along with cashew and cook until it doubles in size.
  • Transfer the roasted nuts along with the ghee/clarified butter to the kesari, give a stir.
  • Cook for 5 mins in medium flame, remove it from fire and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot. Goes out well along with breakfast, lunch, dinner or even it can be served in tea-time.

Instant Oats Idly

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Usually I and my hubby use to have oats for breakfast. It would be in the form of porridge with milk and some fruits, but it was getting bored and so thought of trying out a new dish. May be a idly everyone including kids would like to have it.

Oats idly was soft, spongy and delicious, also it was very simple, easy and prepared in minutes. No worries of fermenting the batter, everything in minutes. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Oats – 2 cups
  • Rava/Semolina – 1 cup
  • Ginger – 1” inch stick – 1 no
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Split Black gram – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Black gram – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves –  a stalk
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Eno – 2 tsp
  • Yogurt/Curd – 1 cup
  • Clarified butter / Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – 3 stalks
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Roast oats with ½ tsp of ghee, until it starts turning brown. Remove from fire, transfer it to a plate and bring it to room temperature.
  • Roast rava/semolina with ½ tsp of ghee, until it turns golden brown. Remove from fire, transfer it to a wide mouth bowl and bring it to room temperature.
  • Grind the roasted oats to a fine powder, sieve the powder and add it to rava.
  • Add all the chopped ingredients (coriander, chillies and ginger) to rava and mix it.
  • Pour in the curd along with ½ cup of water, stir it well.
  • Add in the Eno salt to the batter and mix well.
  • Heat a tbsp. of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add in the mustard, split black gram, split Bengal gram, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and cook until it splutters.
  • Pour it to the rava mixture and mix well, Let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Mix well the batter, it should not be too thick nor too thin (Idly batter Consistency).
  • Pour it to the mould and steam it for 10 mins or until the spoon inserted in the idly comes ouot clean.

Serve hot with sambar and chutney.