BM #95 Week 2 Day 3 - 

To conclude this series on steamed dishes, here is another millet based one which is my personal favorite. Thinai is Foxtail Millet in Tamil and Kozhakattai is a steamed dish. 

These days, my little one has started disliking idlis in any shape or form while the adults at home love them.

So it was a tough one for the kids but the adults loved them. I had made a different version of these kozhakattai to a potluck party and was a great hit with everyone (Indian and non-Indian crowd).

Ingredients - 

*Foxtail Millet Rava 1/4 cup
Wheat Rava 1/4 cup
Salt and Turmeric as needed
Water 3/4 cup + more as needed
Almonds and 1 Green Chili coarsely crushed 2 Tbsp
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida a pinch)
Soak and Coarse Grind -
Toor Dal 2 Tbsp 

* I washed the millets, dried them on a clean kitchen towel overnight, roasted it until golden brown and coarsely crushed it.

Method Of Preparation -

Soak Toor dal in hot water for about 15-20 minutes. Coarsely grind with as little water as possible and set aside.

Coarsely grind the almonds and green chili and set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the dals are brown and the mustard seeds pop, add the coarsely ground toor dal.

Saute for a couple of minutes and add the crushed almond. Mix well.

Add the millet rava and wheat rava. Mix well.

Add in about 3/4 cup of water mix well and cover.

After the water is absorbed, remove from heat.

Let the mixture cool down a little but make sure it is covered.

When it is safe to touch, pinch small lime sized portions and make oblong shaped bites. Place them in a greased idli plate or any dhokla plate. [I made about 20 bite sized portions].

Meanwhile, heat the steamer with about 2 cups of water.

When the water in the steamer is boiling, place the idli plate with the prepared kozhakattai, cover and allow it to cook in the steam for about 12-15 minutes.

Allow them to sit in the steamer for about 5 minutes and remove them onto a serving plate. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm with any chutney.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Makes 20 


  1. I see lot of millet recipes from here and you have nicely incorporated millets into your daily diet. That is nice.
    This is an other wonderful recipe

  2. Pavani Says:
  3. This is a superb recipe for incorporating millet in everyday diet. Love all the yummy and healthy ingredients in the kozhukattai. Will have to try it out sometime.

  4. Priya Suresh Says:
  5. Excellent way to sneak millets in our diet, extremely healthy and beautiful kozhukattais, am in love with this steamed beauties.

  6. Swati Says:
  7. I am seeing lot of foxtail millet recipes these days. I never tried cooking with foxtail. Will try soon now!! These look very easy to make and delicious!!

  8. Suma Gandlur Says:
  9. Kozhukattais as it is make a guilt-free meal for anytime of the day. Millet version makes it more healthier.

  10. I am drooling over that platter of kolukattai. They look awesome Harini. I can understand because even my daughter won't eat anything in the shape of kolukattai.

  11. Srividhya Says:
  12. This is so nice. Combining wheat and millet awesome Harini. Love all your steamed recipes.

  13. preeti garg Says:
  14. Love the combination of millet and grain.. so healthy recipe.

  15. Srivalli Says:
  16. Oh I have enjoyed your series this week, such healthy recipes and surely worth making them again and again.

  17. veena Says:
  18. I love kozhukkatai and I love that you have used millets for this. Looks very inviting

  19. code2cook Says:
  20. loved your millet steamed recipes. this whole platter inviting me to grab and munch now itself. Thanks for sharing such unique recipes.

  21. Pidi kozhukattai is a great idea to make with millet. It is so healthy and perfect for dinner.

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