Thenum Thinai mavum (Foxtail millet sweet balls)

Preparation time
7 mins
Cooking time
10 mins
3 people
Meal course
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2 tblspn
Brown Raisins
2 tspn
2 pinch
Cardamom powder
5 tblspn
1 cup
Thinai (Foxtail millet)
Thenum Thinai mavum (Foxtail millet sweet balls)

Thinai-foxtail millet, a forgotten grain was a part of ancient tamil culture and is now gaining popularity after promoting its health benefits. This dish made from roasted thinai powder and made as balls just using honey can be a quick and filling snack.


  1. Dry roast 1 cup of thinai until it turns sligtly darker and thinner than its original grain. Do this in simmer for around 5-7 minutes and take care not to burn it.
  2. Only if it is completely roasted and crispy enough, you will get a fine powder. Sandy texture should be good to grind.
  3. Cool the roasted millet and grind it to a nearly fine powder. You can roast it again if it stay coarse, make sure it is completely dry.
  4. Slightly fry raisins in ghee and keep it aside. You can also include cashews.
  5. The balls can be made at once or you can store it to use when needed.
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  7. Before mixing the powder with honey, it should be bearably warm. If it has cooled down, you can reheat the powder slightly in a Kadai before making balls.
  8. Add cardamom powder, raisins, needed honey with powder and make balls by pressing them with hands.
  9. Honey can be increased or decreased as needed.
  10. Thinai urundais are ready for an evening snack..


  1. If the heat is not enough, you cannot make the balls and may require more honey to bind it.
  2. With minimal usage of ghee and using only raisins, this is rich in fiber and fat-free.

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