Tamarind rice recipe with Foxtail Millet. A delicious and easy to make healthier Puliyohora using millets instead of rice.
The first time I tasted tamarind rice was in a temple.I loved it so much that I never said no to going to that temple again!
Tamarind Rice has everything I love- peanuts, tamarind and lots of chilli!! I can really never get enough of it.Making Tamarind rice with Millets instead of rice makes it so much more nutritious and healthy!
What is Foxtail Millet?
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Why substitute rice with Foxtail Millets?
Millets are a more sustainable, environmental friendly crop than wheat and rice.They take less water and also have shorter growing period.But the real selling points is the Nutrient factors.Take a look below to understand more!
Nutrient Profile of Foxtail Millets
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It also has three times the Folic Acid,Niacin and Thiamine than rice.
Look at the fiber content ! Its EIGHT times that of RICE!!!
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How to Make Tamarind Rice with Foxtail Millet
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Here are a few pointers though!
- If you don't like your food spicy- reduce both black pepper and Red Chillies from the recipe
- Wash the Tamarind before soaking in water.It can have impurities.
- I have made the tamarind rice masala or paste from scratch but you can use any store-bought tamarind rice mix too instead.In that case all you have to do is mix cooked Foxtail millet with the paste as per your taste and preference.
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- 1 Cup Foxtail Millet
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 3 tablespoon Roasted Peanuts
For the Puliohare Masala Mix
- 2 teaspoon Channa Dal
- 2 teaspoon Urad Dal
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
- 4 Dried Kashmiri Red Chillies
- 1 teaspoon Methi Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 10 Curry Leaves
- ¼ teaspoon Hing
- 1.2 teaspoon Turmeric
- golf ball sized Tamarind soaked in 1 cup hot water
- ½ teaspoon Jaggery
- Soak the Tamarind in 1 cup hot water and set aside
Cook the Millets
- Pressure Cook the Millets with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of Salt for 10 minutes.Alternatively Pressure Cook the millets in Instant pot for 7 minutes.Let it cool.
Puliohare /Tamarind Millet Rice
- Dry Roast the masala mix- channa dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, dried chillies, methi seeds, black pepper &. sesame Seeds.Once Cool- grind into a powder.
- Heat Oil in a Kadai.Add the mustard seeds,Curry leaves, hing.Add the Masala Powder.
- Stir the masalas and add the 1 cup of soaked and strained tamarind water.Cook for 10-15 minutes till it reduces.
- Add the Cooked millet and mix.Top it with roasted peanuts and serve hot!
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