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Foxtail Millet

Also Known As : Thinai, Setaria italica, Kangni (Hindi), Navane (Kannada), Thinai (Tamil), Kang (Gujarati) and Rala (Marathi)
Technical Name : Setaria italica


Taste Profile

It has a nutty flavour.

Usage Tips

  1. Foxtail millet should be stored in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.
  2. Foxtail millets are often ground for flour or a beverage, moreover, it is boiled for porridge. It also accounts for a healthy foxtail millet upma, dosa, khichadi.
  3. Millets also works great when used for making pulao and biryani, and this happens to be a healthy and exotic alternative.

Common names and forms

  1. Foxtail
  2. Foxtail Millet (Unpolished)
  3. Koralu
  4. Navane
  5. Par Boiled Thinai (Foxtail Millet)
  6. Raw Foxtail Millet


Foxtail millets are also known as Italian millet and German millet. It is grown as a rainfed crop and is typically grown in the tropics as well as the temperates, both under low and moderate rainfall on well-drained loamy soil, hence cannot tolerate water-logged soils or extreme drought.  It is said to be a native to China and is considered one of the oldest of all cultivated millets, and notwithstanding this connotation, it is also cultivated much in Russia, North Africa, and India, where it is happened to be cultivated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. It is usually sown in the Kharif season; ie June - July and in the rabi season; ie September - October.

Health benefits

  • It is naturally gluten-free, hence is recommended to those who are prone to celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome.  It happens to a good alternative to wheat.(1)
  • It has anti-aging properties, thus it helps in reviving the skin and keeping it youthful, this happens because it contains an amino acid that helps in the formation of collagen, which helps in slowing appearance of wrinkles.(1)
  • It is quite often that the muscles lose its elasticity and tone, which occurs due to the deficiency of iron. While these deficiencies are overcome by iron that happens to be in a high concentration in foxtail millets.(2)
  • As it is known that it is rich in iron, hence it helps in curing restless leg syndrome which generally happens due to the deficiency of iron.(2)

Selection Guide

It should be dust free and should not possess any foul odour.

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