Foxtail Millet Coconut Milk Kheer | Thinai Thengaipaal Payasam

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Foxtail Millet Kheer using coconut milk-1Let this Tamil & Malayalam New Year(April 14th) begin with a healthy start! Though we are spread across the globe, its our prerogative to celebrate our custom to showcase & pass on our tradition to our young ones.

“Iniya puthaandu vaazhthukkal”/”Vishu Ashamsakkal” to my readers.. Here is my Millet treat 😉

Posting this under Parents-to-be as foxtail millet increases conception rate.

In pregnancy, you shall have Thinai in less quantity as it generates heat.

Foxtail Millet Kheer using coconut milk-2

Thinai Thengaipaal Payasam Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 4 | Suits: 1+ Year babies and whole family

Foxtail Millet/Thinai arisi – 1/2 cup
Split Yellow Moong Gram/Paasi paruppu/Moong dal – 1 tbsp
Grated Jaggery – 3/4 cup
Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp
Coconuts – Few pieces to make 3/4 cup thick coconut milk
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Cashewnuts – 10


1.Dry roast Moong dal until it changes color slightly. Do not roast till browned. Remove roasted moong dal and add foxtail millet to the same kadai.How to make Thinai Thengai paal payasam step-12.Dry roast thinai until nice aroma arises and slightly changes color. Wash roasted moond dal and thinai twice. As shown in last thumbnail in the below pic, handpick the millets and dal and transfer to a cooker so that any sand/stone will be settled in the bottom of the vessel.How to make Thinai Thengai paal payasam step-23.Pour 2 cups water(4 times the millet) and pressure cook for 3 whistles.How to make Thinai Thengai paal payasam step-34.To grated jaggery, add 1 cup water and a generous pinch of powdered cardamom. Let it boil until jaggery dissolves and the syrup becomes frothy.Filter for impurities.How to make Jaggery syrup with cardamom5.Pour jaggery syrup into cooked thinai. You shall add some more water if the mix is too thick. Let it boil for 10 mins. In the meantime, take coconut pieces.How to make Thinai Thengai paal payasam step-46.Grind coconut pieces in mixie. Add water to it and grind to a fine paste.How to make Sweet Aval Snack for kids step-27.Pour ground coconut into a sieve. Squeeze out the milk using fingers.How to make Sweet Aval Snack for kids step-38.Throw out the waste and pour thick coconut milk into the boiling payasam.How to make Thinai Thengai paal payasam step-59.In a separate pan, add ghee and roast cashews until browned.How to make Thinai Thengai paal payasam step-610.After adding coconut milk, just a single boil will suffice. Add fried cashews and switch off.How to make Thinai Thengai paal payasam step-7   Healthy and tasty Millet Coconut Kheer is ready.. Serve warm..


  • You shall add raisins along with cashews.
  • You shall replace coconut milk with boiled cow’s milk.
  • Addition of Moond dal can be skipped.
  • After adding jaggery syrup, add more water if you do not want a thick payasam.
  • Payasam thickens over time(as in the below pic). Tastes best when had warm..Foxtail Millet Kheer using coconut milk-3

Nutritional Benefits

Foxtail Millet(Thinai) – Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium, Folates, Proteins, Fiber, Vitamins B & E
Coconut – Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B&C, Fiber & good fats
Split yellow moong gram – Proteins, Dietary Fiber, vitamin B, Potassium, Calcium, Folates, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Zinc, other minerals and essential amino acids
Cashew nuts – Selenium, Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Fiber, Monounsaturated(good) fats, Folates, Vitamin K & anti-oxidants


4 Responses to Foxtail Millet Coconut Milk Kheer | Thinai Thengaipaal Payasam

  1. இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்..

  2. Madhana says:

    Nice!!! Healthy one baby 🙂

  3. Uma says:

    இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள். We tried this payasam and it came well. Nice taste. Thanks for the recipe.

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