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Friday, 21 March 2014

Thinai (Fox Tail millet) Chicken Biryani

Hi all,

This is yet another healthy recipe.. For people who don't know what Thinai (Pic shown in the end) is and its health along. Thinai otherwise known as Fox tail millet is one type of millet which is yellow in color. During my grandfather and great grandfather days, people mostly ate millets as their staple food instead of rice and wheat mainly because it is very healthy, cooling, gives strength and keeps you filled for longer hours. Millets in general are gluten free, high in protein, rich in nutrients and a great source of energy.There are several other millets which is listed below.
1. Little millet (Samai)
2. kodo millet (Varagu)
3. Barnyard Millet (Kudhiraivalli)
4. Finger Millet (Ragi)
 So let's get started with recipe, I made chicken biryani cause I wanted to try something different for my family and since it was a Sunday and we usually cook chicken I decided to go with Chicken biryani.

Ingredients List                Cooking time: 45 mins     Serves: 2
1. Thinai (Fox tail millet)- 1 cup ( 500 gms)
2. Chicken - 1/4 kg
3. Coriander leaves- 1/4 cup
4. Mint leaves- 1/4 cup
5. Onions( finely sliced)-1
6. Ginger garlic paste- 1 tblspn
7. Tomatoes ( chopped)- 2
8. Capsicum cut length wise-1/4 cup 

9. Sakti Chicken Masala- 1 tspn
10. Chilli powder- 1 tspn
11. Coriander powder- 1/2 tspn
11. Salt to taste

1.Soak the fox tail millet (Thinai) just before you start cooking.

2.Take a wok (Kadai) and add 2 tblspns of oil and add onions, coriander and mint leaves. Fry well till the onions are cooked. Note: Do not brown the onions.  
3. Once the onions are cooked add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes till the raw smell disappears.

4. Add tomatoes and add Sakti Chicken masala, chilli powder, coriander powder and salt and fry for 2 minutes. 

5.Now Add the chicken pieces and fry till the tomatoes are well cooked.

5. Add capsicum and keep stirring for 3 minutes. Cook the masala till the oil separates.

6. Now add water in 1: 1and 1/2 cup ratio and add the soaked fox millet (thinai) to the masala. Let the water boil. Once it starts boiling,  cover the wok and keep on high flame for 5 minutes. Lower the flame and cook the biryani for another 15 -20 minutes on sim or low flame.

7. Your fox tail millet (thinai) chicken biryani is ready. This would go very well with raita or any chicken gravy as well. 

Here's a pic of the Fox tail millet (Thinai):

Do try it !! healthy doesn't always have to be boring!  A healthy break from rice and wheat :-) 
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