This is the second time I am trying millet paniyaram.The first time I tried a instant version, it became very hard so I didn't post it.After that I held back myself trying millet paniyaram itself but today morning I was craving to eat sweet paniyaram as I felt bored to eat dosa / idli so decided to make thinai / foxtail millet sweet paniyaram as I had seen the recipe in the millet cookbook my neighbour shared with me.I just modified the recipe a bit and to my surprise it came out good and that justifies the post today itself :) I had few leftover paniyarams which I just had for my lunch :) Yes I loved the texture and taste very much now lets get on to make thinai sweet paniyaram shall we?! :)
Thinai Paniyaram Recipe - Ingredients
Preparation Time : 3 hrs | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : around 11 Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Thinai(Foxtail Millet) - 1/2 cup Rice Flour - 2 tbsp Coconut - 2 tbsp grated Jaggery - 4 tbsp Water - as needed Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp Baking Soda - 1/8 tsp Oil - as required to toast Salt - a tiny pinch
Add 1/8 cup of water to jaggery and heat it up until it nicely bubbles and is thick more like honey in consistency. Strain to remove impurities and set the jaggery syrup aside.I made more than above mentioned quantity so please don't compare it with the ingredients list.
Rinse the millet well and soak it in water for 1 hour.Then drain water completely and grind it to a fine paste.
It should be this thick, can you see the consistency?! Transfer it to a mixing bowl along with rice flour,coconut,jaggery syrup,a pinch of salt , mix well add little water if required and set aside for atleast 3 hrs.Then add baking soda mix it well.
The consistency should be slightly thicker than our dosa batter consistency so adjust water accordingly.Heat paniyaram pan, grease the pan with oil and add a laddle full of the batter in each hole.Cook covered for 2-3mins.
Turn over to other side and cook for 3mins until its golden brown.Carefully transfer the paniyarams to a plate and serve hot.
Serve as a teatime snack or for breakfast.
The batter should not too too runny or too thick so always while grinding don't add more water add water just enough for the mixie to run without getting stuck.
This millet paniyaram recipe is not instant you need to keep it aside atleast for 3-4 hrs only then you will soft paniyarams.
The more resting time you give it gives softness to the paniyaram.You can also keep the batter aside for 5-6 hrs but make sure once you add baking powder make the paniyarams at once.
You can add coconut pieces / grated coconut for extra crunch.
I always use filtered jaggery syrup to remove impurities.