August 17, 2016

Mini Thinai Veg Uttapams | Foxtail Millet Oothapams | Vegan , GF Millet Recipes for Diabetics

Thinai (Foxtail Millet) is a recent addition to my kitchen for the last 2 years, although its been around for years. It can replace rice in most of the South Indian dishes, and bring down the Glycemic Index of the dish - something thats beneficial to diabetics and those who want to taste good South Indian food, yet cut down on Carbs / Rice. Thanks to food nutrionists' articles in print and digital media, and the food bloggers, there has been considerable revival of these millets to cater to healthy food : something that our ancestors swore by. 

After Thinai Dosa (Foxtail Millet Crepes) and Thinai Khara Pongal (Spicy Savoury Pudding with Foxtail Millet + Green gram), I made this rather simple n healthy Uttapam for Breakfast. 

My elder one loves Dosa for breakfast on most days, and the younger one is following in her sister's footsteps. Nowadays, I do have a batter of Idli / Dosa on most weekdays which comes very handy to make these in an instant. 

We are looking at kid-approved Breakfasts this week, and the first of these is Thinai Uttapam. I have made it fibre rich by adding some veggies to this, but you can skip these if you have a younger child or want to serve it plain. You can also make these along with some  IdliVada, Pongal etc  to serve as Mini Meal for breakfast as served in this Chettinad style Mini Breakfast.

Mini Thinai Uttapams - Mini Foxtail Millet Veg topped Crepes
Cuisine :South Indian
Course : Breakfast
Serving suggestions : Chutney / Molagapudi
{Its tasty as is, without any accompaniments, I guarantee :) }  

Soak time : 4 hours, Grind time : 15 mins 
Fermentation time : 8-10 hours (depending on the climate)
Cook time : 1 min per Uttapam

Makes : 20 - 25 Mini Uttapams 


  • Foxtail Millet / ನವಣೆ / தினை - 3 cups (1 cup = 120 ml)
  • Idli Rice - 1 cup
  • Urad Dal (Split / Whole) - 1 cup
  • Methi / Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - to fry (approx 1/4 - 1/2 tsp per Uttapam)
Toppings: (optional)

  • Finely minced Onion - 1 cup 
  • Shredded Cabbage - 1/2 cup
  • Finely grated carrot - 1/4 cup
  • Minced green chilli - 1 tsp
  • Grated Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Finely cut coriander - 3 TBSP
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Crushed Black pepper powder - to taste
  • Oil - 1 TBSP


  1. Wash & Soak the Millet, Dal, Rice and methi seeds together for 4 hours. Grind to a smooth paste as for Idli / Dosa. Add enough salt, beat well. Allow to ferment for 8-10 hours (or overnight)
  2. In the morning, mix the batter well. Adjust consistency.
  3. In a pan, add 1 TBSP oil, saute the cabbage, onions, carrots and other toppings for 2-3 mins till the raw smell disappears. Do not add salt at this stage.
  4. Make small Uttapams on a hot Tava / Griddle. drizzle 1/4 tsp oil around the sides, top with the sauteed toppings and a sprinkling of salt and black pepper. Cook on medium-low flame for 1/2 min on each side, flip over and let the veggies slightly get crunchy. Serve immediately with Podi or any chutney
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  1. Uttapam with foxtail millets is such a healthy breakfast.

  2. Bookmarked Kalyani! Lovely idea.

  3. Thats my kind of uthappams, such a filling and healthy breakfast..


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