Thinai Aval Payasam ||Foxtail Millet Poha Kheer

Yields: 4 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 5 Mins Cook Time: 10 Mins Total Time: 15 Mins

Millets are becoming an essential part of everyone’s diet these days. While millets are available as a whole grain or flour, they are also available as rava or  flattened rice /poha. I usually grab a pack of millet Poha during my grocery hauls. Poha upma is an usual affair with them. However, I wanted to try a payasam with it and it turned out very tasty and healthy too.

Foxtail millet or Thinai Aval is very rich in Vit B12 – an essential ingredient for healthy heart, good skin and  nervous system. As an added feature, it also has a low glycemic index and hence good for diabetic person. In this recipe,, I have used condensed milk to sweeten the payasam.If you would like to, you can also replace it with any natural sweetener like dates syrup or honey after turning off the stove. This is a very healthy replacement to rice with added nutritional values. Try this foxtail millet poha kheer/ Thinai Aval Payasam and enjoy.

For other payasam recipes, follow the below links:

ArisiParuppu Payasam

Caramel Payasam

Biscuit Payasam

JackFruit Payasam


0/6 Ingredients
Adjust Servings


0/5 Instructions
  • Measure half a cup of millet poha. Place in a colander and clean it with running water. Cover with a plate and leave it as such for 5 mins.
  • In a sauce pan, add 250 ml of full fat milk along with 100 ml of water. Bring it to rolling boil consistency. Add the soaked millet poha and cook.
  • After 5 mins the millet poha / Thinai Aval and milk are blended together. Add three tablespoons of condensed milk and stir in together. Let it boil for 2 - 3 mins.
  • Heat Ghee in a small pan and roast cashews in it until golden color.
  • Add half a teaspoon of cardamom powder to the payasam and top off with roasted cashews.


  • I have used foxtail millet poha / Thinai Aval in this recipe. You can also replace it with any other millet poha.
  • Instead of condensed milk, you can also add quarter cup of sugar or any unrefined sugar in this payasam.
  • Apart from cashews, you can also add almonds, pistas and raisins.

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