BM #99 Day 3 - 

This is a flavorful adaptation of our traditional coconut rice or Thengai saadam as it is called in Tamil.

We are slowly trying to replace out rice intake with millets and in that process trying out the traditional dishes replacing the rice with different variety of millets.

It is sometimes getting difficult for us to source different millets but Foxtail Millet is always available in health food stores (like Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme). 

Ingredients - 

Fresh Coconut, shredded 1/2 cup + more if preferred
Foxtail Millet / Korralu / Thinnai 1 cups 
Salt and Green Chilies as needed
Seasoning (Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Peanuts few, Cashews few, Asafoetida 2 pinches, Curry leaves few, Red Chilies 2)

Method Of Preparation -

Soak the Foxtail Millet for at least 4 hours. Cook the millets in about 1 1/2 cups of water either in pressure cooker or on stove top until the millets are cooked through and fluffy. I cook them in the Instant Pot for 4 minutes on Manual or Pressure cook mode.

Spread the cooked millets on a wide platter to cool.

In a pan, heat oil and add the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the dals and nuts are evenly browned, add the coconut, green chilies and salt. Saute for a minute (just to warm the coconut a little). Remove from heat.

Mix in the coconut and seasoning mixture into the rice and mix well.

Adjust the flavors if needed and the coconut rice is ready to be served.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 2-3


  1. Sowmya :) Says:
  2. Love this millet version of our traditional coconut rice. You have totally nailed the texture and essence of the dish! Yum!

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. Coconut rice is yummy as it is and of course the millet version makes it more healthier.

  5. Wow ! I am awed by the texture of this coconut thinnai . It looks gorgeous ! I am so tempted , I could easily pick and finish that plate !
    Awesome pick !

  6. Srivalli Says:

  7. Wow harini, that bowl looks stunning. Love how well its cooked and prepared. Would love to make this again.

  8. That looks super inviting Harini. Coconut rice with thinai must be so flavourful. Please pass that platter..

  9. sushma Says:
  10. Awesome Harini, looks delicious. I have made this dish yesterday with korralu and coconut. Tasted amazingly delicious.

  11. Srividhya Says:
  12. I am so glad the humble millets are getting their glory back. Love this delicious coconut rice with millets. Looks super perfect.

  13. Pavani Says:
  14. Wow, the coconut rice looks very flavourful and delicious! Lovely share!

  15. Preeti Says:
  16. This coconut rice recipe is new for me.. i never tried such type process... Thanks for sharing.. looks so tempting.

  17. Love this.. Looking super delicous and love this idea!!

  18. Swati Says:
  19. I love nutty coconut rice and I will surely want to try this millet version

  20. Kalyani Says:
  21. I am a HUGE FAN of coconut rice (thengai saadam) and the foxtail millet has me very very intrigued ! very well made, Harini....

  22. cookwithrenu Says:
  23. I wanted to try this for this marathon, but as it is based on coconut I skipped it. Your pics are tempting me to give this healthy dish a try.

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