6 Tremendous Facts And Recipes Of Thinai (Fox Millets!)

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Millets! Thinai! Our grandparents know about this more than we do. But no one would give an ear to hear those nutritious facts in this busy world except when we took an appointment to meet a dietician after we have been confirmed as a diabetic! lol!

Let’s spend two minutes for you to get concerned about your health and hear those nutritious benefits of millets.

Foxtail millets
Foxtail millets

Millets are annually tufted grass that was domesticated in India 3000 years back. Millets are slowly staging a comeback since we started to appreciate the health benefits offered by it!

They are drought-resistant resistant crops that can be grown in dryland and cultivated in Asia 10 thousand years ago.

They are unique to their short growing season. The millet foods are miracle grains so they are called siridhanya!


Types Of Siridhanya – Thinai

Grains are classified as positive, neutral, and negative and the millet range constitutes as positive and neutral grains.


What’s the use of knowing this?

Millets with high dietary content take longer time to chew and thus our eating time increases.

Since the brain register that it is only full after 20 minutes, then increase eating time gives a body a chance to know that the stomach is full and reduces our chance of overeating. Diabetic? This tip is for you!

  1. Among the positive millet grains, which have dietary fibre 8% to 12.5% are foxtail (navane), banyard (oodale), araka (kodo), little (samai) and brown top (Korale).
  2. Neutral grains have lesser dietary fibre and other nutrients, are pearl (sajje), finger (ragi), proso (baragu) and great millet (white Jowar).

Giving a little introduction on millets, let’s dive straight into the topic now!

Thinai in (Tamil) is called foxtail millets(in english), korallu (in telugu), kagni (in hindi), Priyangu (in sanskrit). The scientific name of foxtail millets are Seteria Italica.


Nutritional Value In 100g Of Foxtail Millets ( Thinai )

  • Moisture – 12 g
  • Calories – 351
  • Protein – 11.2 g
  • Carbohydrates 63.2 g
  • Fiber – 6.7 g
  • Isoleucine – 803 g
  • Leucine – 1764 g
  • Tryptophan – 103 g
  • Threonine – 328 g
  • Lycine – 233 g
  • Iron – 2.8 g
  • Thiamin – 0.6 g
  • Niacin – 3.2 mg
  • Lipid fat – 4 g
  • Calcium – 31 mg
  • Riboflavin – 0.1 mg


1. Anti Aging Properties

Due to the presence of lycine and methionine (amino acids) present in foxtail millets, they help in the formation of collagen which helps in slowing the appearance of wrinkles.

Cross linking of collagen reduces elasticity and increases stiffness. Foxtail millets are known to inhibit the crosslinking of collagen. Cross-linking of collagen will reduce elasticity and increases stiffness.


2. Energy Booster

Thinai is a rich source of phosphorus which is an important mineral for energy production and is an essential component of ATP- an energy store in our body.


3. Fights With Diabetes

People suffering with diabetes who switch over to foxtail millet have low triglyceride levels. Low triglyceride levels lower the amount of bad cholesterol levels.

Foxtail Millets has a low glycemic index and is a fantastic substitute for food and other grains. It increases the blood sugar levels slowly as energy is produced to perform functional activities.


4. Reduces The Risk Of Cancer

According to American institute of cancer research,by eating more than 30 g of fibre everyday,woman can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Add fibre to your food slowly and take plenty of water. This is a important tip for every women. In India, one women is diagnosed with breast cancer every four minutes and one women with breast cancer dies for every 13 minutes.


5. Boost Brain Development And IQ

Iron is directly associated with brain functions. It supplies oxygen to the brain as it uses 20% of the brain oxygen.

The sufficient amount of blood received by the brain helps to promote cognitive functions and prevents alziemer’s disease and dementia.


6. Are Thinai Difficult To Digest?

Not at all! A very common conception is that millet is difficult to digest. Millet is alkaline forming food. The alkaline pH in our digestive system optimises the efficiency of digestive enzymes making the food easily digestible.

Millets also contains prebiotic which helps to increase the good bacteria in our gut system and aids digestion.

And the point is, you don’t need to give up eating your favourite dishes, just try to replace or add these millets to make them extra healthy!



Looking for easy, healthy thinai recipes to prepare at home? Thinai are usually cooked as breakfast but they are many ways to incorporate thinai in your healthy breakfast.

1. Thinai dosa

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup of thinai
  • 1/2 cup each of moong chilka, channa, urad dhuli dal
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds
  • Oil needed
  • Salt and green chillies to taste.

Steps to do:

  1. Soak foxtail millet rice and all the dal given in the ingredients list for 4 to 6 hours.
  2. Add fenugreek seeds also while soaking.
  3. Grind all the items separately and pour the batter in a bowl, add salt and leave for sometime for the batter to get fermented.
  4. Now, add oil to the tower pan and spread it like a dosa. Cook until it gets brown.
  5. Serve it with coconut chutney or tomato sauce.
  6. Your easy delicious thinai dosa is ready!


Buying Guide

Buy Standard Foxtail Millet at affordable prices. Our foxtail millet are of best quality, packed with nutrition for your family!!


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Originally posted 2020-01-17 16:47:12.

Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.
Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.

One Reply to “6 Tremendous Facts And Recipes Of Thinai (Fox Millets!)”

  1. A nice healthy menu you said it… correct
    Will definitely every one must follow it .So we have a healthy life….

    Nice one keep it up! My Sister

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