Foxtail millet also known as Italian millet, German millet, Siberian millet, foxtail bristle grass is gluten free grain. Kagni, navane, thinai, korra, thina are Indian names for the this millet.
It is world’s one of the oldest grain, known for its health benefits in various ways. It is diabetic friendly as it releases glucose in a very controlled manner.
In addition, it contains dietary fibers iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and copper.
It is low in fat content and hence good for weight loss!
Try this healthy, delicious foxtail millet idli recipe with sambar and chutney at home.
- Urad dal (split blackgram) – ½ cup
- Foxtail millet (navane) – 1 Cup
- Fenugreek (methi) seeds – 1/4
- Beaten rice (poha) – 2 to 3 Tbs
- Salt – ½ tsp.
- Water – 3 cups
- Wash and soak urad dal in water for 6 hours.
- In a separate container wash and soak millet and fenugreek seeds in a cup of water for 3 to 4 hours.
- Grind soaked urad dal to a paste.
- Drain water from soaked millet and fenugreek, grind well along with beaten rice. This grinded mix will be slightly coarse.
- Mix Urad dal paste and grinded millet well. Add little water to get Idli consistency. Prepare a batter by adding required amount of salt.
- Keep the batter for fermentation overnight.
- Remove fermented batter next day and mix again. Apply little oil or ghee on idli cups/plates and pour idli batter.
- Steam cook idli for 10-15 mins.
- Remove idlis and serve hot with your choice of chutney or sambar or both!