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by Jeyashri suresh

Millets recipes whenever i think about that, ideas keep flooding my mind. I am posting Millet recipes every Monday and today i have prepared an interesting recipe with Little Millet | Samai. I wanted to post pidi kozhukattai recipe using millet, but suddenly changed my mind and made these thavala adai. Generally my grandma makes this with raw rice. She drizzles loads of oil and make this so crispy. She has a lot of patience to make it for a big family too. I just made in small quantity just for this post and of course, we all had today during tea time. Try this healthy snack with any variety of millet like varagu, kuthiraivali and thinai  too.

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Millet Upma Adai

  Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins+7 mins for each batch |Makes: 12 approx.

     Samai | Little Millet         1/2 cup
     Toor dal       2 tblsp
     Whole pepper   3/4 tsp
     Cumin seeds | jeera    1/4 tsp
     Salt    as needed
     Grated Carrot    few  tblsp (optional)
     Oil      2 tsp + to cook the adai
     Curry leaves    few      

Millet-thavala adai

  • Pulse the toor dal, pepper and cumin in the mixer.  Just coarsely pulse this.
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  • In a pan add oil and throw in the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add grated carrot(if adding) and add 1 and 1/2 cup water.
  • Add salt and allow the water to boil. When it boils add the samai millet and the pulsed toor dal mixture. Keep the flame medium and allow this to cook.
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  • Once the millet is cooked and the water is completely absorbed, allow this to cool completely.
  • Take small portions and make into round balls. Flatten these balls like tikkis.
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  • In a tawa place the patties and cook on both sides till slightly golden spots appear. Drizzle little oil while cooking the adais.
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  • Repeat this for the rest of the patties. Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.
Samai- upma - pinwheels
  1. You can try this with any variety of millet .
  2. While cooking the millet ensure the water is completely absorbed.
  3. Alternatively you can steam the mixture and make upma pidi kozhukattais too.
  4. Instead of toor dal you can add moong dal too.
  5. Adding coconut instead of carrot enhances the taste.
  6. Adding coconut oil while cooking also enhances the taste.

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Mayuri Patel January 26, 2015 - 5:31 pm

an innovative recipe. Looks very delicious.

Kurinji January 27, 2015 - 3:51 am

interesting and delicious recipe...

Akila Anandan January 27, 2015 - 6:29 am

Very good recipe

Sri Kri February 3, 2015 - 3:57 am

Feeling Hungry.Lovely click.
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Shilpa Sriram March 24, 2017 - 2:31 pm

How do you come up with tasty twists with simple ingredients??!! As usual, lip- smacking delicious!!

Gil August 29, 2017 - 1:13 pm

how to find if the millet is cooked? I tried and felt its kind of raw... added more water then it went mushy... it looks good in photo. shall i cook millet and then mix it ?

jeyashri suresh September 1, 2017 - 1:13 pm

IF you feel it is not cooked,you can pressure cook it with little water in the cooker. If you touch it with wet hands and if it is non sticky, it means it is cooked.


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