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Thinai Sambar Sadam, Foxtail Millet Sambar Rice Recipe

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


Recipe for millet sambar sadam made with thinai – foxtail millet. Healthy South Indian Tamil style sambar sadam made with millets and toor dal.



For Cooking Millet and Dal

  • 1/2 cup thinai arisi – foxtail millet
  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 3 cups water

Other Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon sambar powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon tamarind paste


  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 5 fenugreek seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (perungayam – hing)


Boil Millet and Dal:

  1. Soak the dal and millet in water for one hour. Drain the water. Add 3 cups of water and cook for 6-7 whistles. After cooking for 6-7 whistles, remove from heat and wait for the pressure to settle. Set aside.

Putting the Sambar Rice together:

  1. Take a 3 or 4 litre pressure cooker and add in the chopped onion and tomato. Top the veggies with home made tamarind paste, salt, turmeric powder and sambar powder. Add in the cooked dal and millet mixture. Cook for 2 whistles. Remove from heat and wait for the pressure to settle. Set aside. Open the cooker and mix everything well to combine.


  1. Heat ghee in a pan and add in mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add in the asafoetida and curry leaves. Once the curry leaves are crisp, add the tempering to the sambar rice.
  2. Serve hot!
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: main
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu