Breakfast, Dosa, Millets

Foxtail Millet Dosa | How to make Thinai Dosa | Cooking with Millets

This mega BM gave me an opportunity to both procure and cook with Millets. Although we do use Jowar in Thalipeeth, and Ragi (Fingermillet) in Ragi Rotti, Ragi Sevai, Ragi Sankati regularly, it was actually when I made Thinai Pongal last year did we actually relish these millets in everyday dishes. Another recipe with millets is  Foxtail Millet Sevai.

My blogger friend Priya Sri was kind enough to send me a package of these millets somewhere in 2013/14 to get me started and I need to thank her for the millet journey 🙂

Today’s is a dish which we make every week now, considering both my kids love Dosas in most forms. Its diabetic friendly too so can be had by diabetics, in moderation of course.

Lets get to Day 6 of JTTC (Journey through the Cuisines) with this easy to make and tasty Dosa.

Foxtail Millet Crepes / Thinai Dosa 

Prep time : 10 mins, Grinding time : 40 mins, Makes : approx 20-25 dosas

Soak time : 6-8 hours

Fermentation time : 10-12 hours (or overnight)

Cuisine : Tamilnadu, Course : Breakfast / evening Tiffins or Dinner

Serving Suggestions : Sambhar / Any Chutney / Molagapudi



  • Foxtail Millet -3 cups
  • Urad dal -1 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds / Methi seeds -1 tbsp
  • to make the Dosa : Oil as required



  1. Wash and Soak the urad dal+fenugreek seeds separately. Similarly wash and soak the Foxtail millet with adequate water. Soak for min 6-8 hours.
  2. As with any other Dosa batter, grind the two batters separately, mix well and add 1 tsp of salt and mix well.
  3. Let the batter ferment overnight or for 8-10 hours in a warm place.
  4. Before making the dosas, beat the fermented batter well. Take a deep ladle of batter and spread thin on a hot tava / skillet.
  5. Drizzle oil as required. Cook on both sides for 1-2 mins till crispy
  6. Serve immediately with Chutney / Molagapudi


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  1. Suma Gandlur

    Kalyani, is foxtail millet the small, pale yellowish ones? Millets definitely put the dosas on a healthier side and love the color of your dosas.

  2. That is one healthy and yummy looking dosa with millet. I think after seeing Gayathri's and your posts, I'm going to be become a millet convert soon.

  3. vaishali sabnani

    It's interesting to use these millets in dosas. Makes them healthy , I have yet to explore them . The dosa looks perfectly made .

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    I am yet to start my millet journey and hope to start it soon seeing all your yummy millet recipes. Dosa looks yummy.

  5. cookingwithsapana

    As Usha mentioned ,I am also not ready yet to start eating millets .The dosa looks very soft and fluffy.I should start eating millets soon.

  6. i have been clinging onto rice and wheat, but its time to try out the different grains out there. been trying quinoa and ragi, but millets are still in the to try list.

  7. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Dosai is a wonderful vehicle to use millets. You have done a great job working with whole grains and this dosai looks amazing as well.

  8. Very healthy way of making dosa with thinai alone…looks fab!

  9. Gayathri Kumar

    Somehow, I haven't used thinai in my recipes so far. This dosa looks very soft and very nutritious…

  10. Amara’s cooking

    I have to start exploring into the millet world too, they are good for your health. Those dosas are irresistible Kalyani:)

  11. What a healthy option for breakfast dosa looks too good with that mulagapodi yummm.

  12. Srividhya

    Love these millets. I am so glad that these are now available here in US also. Great pick for F

  13. Priya Suresh

    Such a healthy dosas, i do this dosas quite often, one of the best way to sneak millets.

  14. Definitely a healthy way of eating dosas.

  15. Smruti Ashar

    Such a healthy and yummy recipe for dosa. I have been looking for variations to the normal rice dal dosa. This one looks good.

  16. Nalini's Kitchen

    This is one such healthy and inviting dosa .Even I was thinking to share some recipes with foxtail millet for F,since I got the coffee filter,made the Filter coffee..

  17. The Pumpkin Farm

    R these the same ones that we got in our goodie bags? i totally love the flavor of those millets…but am bit vary about giving it to kid, as it is not known to him and his tummy…ur dosa looks no different from regular one, so this is good recipe to introduce new millets i feel

  18. I use the other millets for dosas and ther dishes.Need to make this dosa 🙂

  19. Chef Mireille

    I still have to try the millet i brought back from India – dosa looks healthy and delicious

  20. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Thanks for the mention kalyani! Dosa is welcome any day and being a millet fan we would love this dosa! !

  21. Those dosas look so spongy. Good one!!

  22. I use millets regularly in my diet and this looks very delicious Kal.

  23. I have never had millets and neither have I tried it. As Rajani said, its high time that I have to venture new things! The dosas look so beautiful and I love that golden colour.

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