15 Jun 2015

Thinai Sevai |Thinai Semiya Upma | Foxtail Millet Sevai

I found this thinai sevai in an organic store near my house and I bought a pack to try it out and it came out very well. I ave already tried out ragi sevai and we loved that too. So if you want a healthy and easy breakfast then pick up a pack!
Last time, when I made ragi sevai, I steam cooked the sevai and then added it to the pan but this time I added it directly to the pan and it turned out just fine. You can cook it either way.

Thinai Sevai

Preparation time 5 mins | Cooking time 15 mins | Serves 2-3

  • Thinai sevai - 1 pack
  • Onion - 2, chopped
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped
To Temper
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Hing - a pinch 
  • Green chilli - 2, slit
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp, chopped finely
Thinai Sevai

1. Soak the thinai sevai in a bowl of water for 5 minutes, drain and set aside.
2. In a non stick pan, heat oil. Once the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, hing, ginger and green chillies.

3. When the mustard seeds splutter and the urad dal turns slightly brown, add the chopped onions and some salt.
4. Saute until the onions turn translucent. Add the masalas turmeric powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

5. Add the drained sevai and mix along with the onion masala.
6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of water and close the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes stirring in between. If needed sprinkle some more water. Do not add too much water, the sevai will become sticky and mushy.

7. Once the sevai is cooked, check for salt, add more if needed. Add chopped coriander leaves and switch off.

Serve with coconut chutney or any other chutney.

Thinai Sevai

1. You can add some chopped vegetables to this like carrots, beans, potatoes.
2. Adding masalas is not needed but I found the flavor and taste to be much better with the addition of masalas and ginger.
3. You can steam cook the sevai, in a sevai or idli plates. Check this post on ragi sevai for more details.
4. If you want to cook like how I have done here, do not add too much water. Sprinkle little by little and allow the sevai to cook.

Until next time,
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  1. Oh-so-nice. I don't use semiya but would love to try with rice noodles.

  2. Looks nice and healthy too. I do not get here millet semiya, I will check again.

  3. tis instant millet sevai has always been my fav.. yummy healthy breakfast!

  4. very healthy and delicious ..perfect for breakfast


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