Thinai Maavu Laddu, Foxtail Millet Laddu recipe

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Thinai Maavu Laddu – தினை மாவு லட்டு. Recipe for laddu made with thinai (foxtail millet). Healthy laddu made with foxtail millet, peanuts and jaggery.

This is a very traditional laddu made during pongal time in Kongunad. Roasted foxtail millet flour is mixed with melted jaggery and made into laddus. Some households add peanuts while some dont. Its a very very simple recipe. But I messed this recipe up royally for our first pongal after marriage at my in laws place. Nacha (my mil’s cook then) had just returned after grinding the foxtail millet flour. My mother in law had already gotten the jaggery melted and was ready for making laddus as the plan was to take the laddus to the temple that evening. I told my mother in law that I wanted to help. She eagerly gave me the melted jaggery and asked me to keep mixing while she will come in a minute after serving the evening coffee to my father in law. For this recipe, the melted jaggery needs to be added little by little so that we know to stop adding after the laddu consistency is reached. The great “me” added all of the jaggery at once and started mixing everything so enthusiastically that within seconds, i ended up with this millet goop. Nacha who just entered the kitchen just froze. She asked “enna ma panni vechirukeenga – what have you done?” My mil too was just in time to watch my goop trophy!!! She was calm. She did not say a word. She and Nacha went and prepared more roasted millet flour and got the goop converted into laddus! We did make it to the temple that evening. Now after a lot of pongal’s later, I can make decent thinai laddus.

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Wash and soak the millet in water for five minutes. Drain the water and spread the millet on a cloth lined plate for it to dry.
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Spread the millet evenly and let it dry for an hour.
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The dried millet is now ready for making laddu.
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Dry roast the millet in a heavy pan on a low flame for 6-7 minutes until the foxtail millet is very fragrant and the millets turn brown here and there.
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Set aside on a plate to cool.
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In the same pan, dry roast peanuts. Roast until the outer skin is dark here and there. Remove from the pan and let it slightly cool. Remove the husk and set aside.
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Heat the jaggery in a pan along with two tablespoon of water. Let the jaggery melt. Strain the melted jaggery to get rid of the sand and impurities. Set aside.
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Take a heavy duty mixie and grind the roasted foxtail millet along with whole cardamom to a fine powder. Its important that we grind it to a fine powder. Else it will have a sandy mouth feel that is not very desirable. So take your time and pulse several times till the millet is ground to a very fine powder. Once the millet is ground, add in the roasted peanuts and pulse couple of times. The peanuts should get ground.
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Empty the mixture on a plate. Add in half of the melted jaggery.
A note on adding jaggery – Please add melted jaggery in instalments. Do not add all the melted jaggery at once. There might be some melted jaggery that is left over.
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Keep adding melted jaggery little by little until the millet mixture becomes one cohesive ball. Stop adding the jaggery at this stage when the millet mixture all comes together.
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Make small laddus and set aside on a plate.
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Store the laddus in an airtight container and use it within 3-4 days. Store the laddus at room temperature.
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Thinai Maavu Laddu, Foxtail Millet Laddu recipe

Thinai Maavu Laddu – தினை மாவு லட்டு. Recipe for laddu made with thinai (foxtail millet). Healthy laddu made with foxtail millet, peanuts and jaggery.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 20 laddus 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup foxtail millet (thinai arisi)
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 3 cardamom

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak the millet in water for five minutes. Drain the water and spread the millet on a cloth lined plate for it to dry.
  2. Dry roast the millet in a heavy pan on a low flame for 6-7 minutes until the millets are very fragrant and the millets turn brown here and there. Set aside on a plate to cool.
  3. In the same pan, dry roast peanuts. Roast until the outer skin is dark here and there. Remove from the pan and let it slightly cool. Remove the husk and set aside.
  4. Heat the jaggery in a pan along with two tablespoon of water. Let the jaggery melt. Strain the melted jaggery to get rid of the sand and impurities. Set aside.
  5. Take a heavy duty mixie and grind the roasted foxtail millet along with whole cardamom to a fine powder. Add in the peanuts and pulse couple of times so the peanuts are powdered too!
  6. Empty the mixture on a plate. Add in half of the melted jaggery. Keep adding melted jaggery little by little until the millet mixture becomes one cohesive ball. Stop adding the jaggery at this stage when the millet mixture all comes together.
  7. Make small laddus and set aside on a plate.
  8. Store the laddus in an airtight container and use it within 3-4 days. Store the laddus at room temperature.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu

22 thoughts on “Thinai Maavu Laddu, Foxtail Millet Laddu recipe”

  1. This is my first time making thinai laddu. I mostly follow your recipes as I find them easily understandable, thank you !

    I read you failed royally on your maiden attempt trying this. Please be happy now, that noone can ever fail this like me, as I forgot to roast the millet in first place 😂. I ONLL REALIZED AFTER ALL THE PROCESS AND WHILE TASTING.

    Kindly let me know if there is anything I can do with this laddus..as I dont want to waste them. 🙁

  2. Shiyana Rilwan

    Next day it became very hard…but tasted good…i stick wt exact measuremnt…wat wrong?pls tel me

  3. Shiyana Rilwan

    Hi tried ds recipe it came out perfect…ds s d first time am handling foxtail millet…laddu had mild bitter taste…s it normal?but am ok wt it healthy snack indeed..






  4. Will refrigerating it help to extend shelf life.?
    Also, can you share the recipe for sundakkai kulambu specific to coimbatore? 🙂

  5. Please suggest how to increasing shelf life to fifteen days so that lmay send these tomy son who stays in hostel.your recipes are wonderful and we ate thankfull to you for all your lovely recipes.

  6. Hi .. i have prepared this and thirattupaal as well
    . As i told u before I gave these sweets to my friend who is pregnant now.. taste was awesome. .. she really loved it.. thanks a lot 🙂 but my jaggery water was very thick, not watery .. but anyhow i managed to make small luddus..
    Thanks again… 🙂 👌Measurement was exact one.. but it was thick..






  7. Yummy mouth watering yummy sista… was eagerly waiting for the recipe ka… while mixing the molten jaggery should be of warm consistency or cold ka… en kai ku innum soodu thaangara pakkuvam varala ka because of my mokka hand am unable to try ghee laddus ka😭. Love u ka for giving us nutritious n yummy recipe.😙






  8. Love love love.
    I think we can add some pure ghee or is the melted jaggery enough to bind ?
    Thanks for bringing old tamil recipies for so many readers. I am waiting for more gems to come out of your treasury box.

  9. Thanks a lot for this recipe.. I saw this on ur lunch plate which posted in Instagram.. I have kg of this thinai in my home.. this is what I m searching for.. will try this tonight.. shall we give this to pregnant lady?? Because I m going to give palagaram to my friend who is pregnant now.. will add this , if it is safe for pregnant women..






    1. Hi Deepa, Thank you. And about giving this to a pregnant lady, this has nuts. Hope she is not allergic or anything. Just let her know the ingredients that have gone in this laddu and she can decide based on her diet.

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