With the increasing popularity of millets and it's health benefits,I try to include these millets in our regular dishes like Adai , kuzhakattai etc.One such tasty and healthy item is the Thinai Adai.In fact I made this Adai for karthigai deepam(festival of lights for lord Muruga) as the legend says lord muruga ate thaenum thinaimavum when he met valli.the adais were a little bit softer than the regular Adai we make with rice.But apart from the texture one cannot find the difference in taste between a normal Adai and Thinai Adai.
Preparation time:1 hour
Thinai or foxtail millet- 1 cup
Gram dal -1/3 cup
Toor dal -1/3 cup
Urad dal-1/3 cup
Red chillies-4 to 6 no s depending on the hotness of chillies and your spice level
Grated coconut-1/2 cup
Hing- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Very finely chopped big onion-1 no
Curry leaves- few
1.soak Thinai and all the dals in water for at least an hour.
2.grind the soaked Thinai and dal mixture along with grated coconut,red chillies,curry leaves ,salt and hing to a coarse batter .
3.pour a ladle of batter to a hot griddle and spread like a dosa but not very thin.pour a tsp of oil around the Adai.
4.spread finely chopped onions on top of it.let it cook in slow flame.
5.turn the Adai after one side is done and pour another tsp of oil around it.after both sides are done,remove from the tawa and serve hot with butter,jaggery and aviyal.it tastes good even with idli podi.