Foxtail Millet Lemon Rice Recipe-Elumichai Thenai

Foxtail Millet Lemon Rice Recipe also known as Elumichai Sadam in Tamil is a healthy version of the rice dish that is made from thinai, also known as foxtail millets. The Lemon millet recipe is packed with flavors from lemon, green chillies and curry leaves. The millet adds to the nutrition and fiber to the diet and making it a perfect lunch box for kids.  Foxtail Millet, Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), White Urad Dal (Split), Raw Peanuts (Moongphali), Carrot (Gajjar), Curry leaves, Ginger, Green Chillies, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Lemon, Salt, Sesame (Gingelly) Oil, Coriander (Dhania) Leaves   1 cup Foxtail Millet 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split) 1/4 cup Raw Peanuts (Moongphali) 1/4 cup Carrot (Gajjar) , chopped 1 sprig Curry leaves , roughly chopped 1 inch Ginger , grated 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1 Lemon , juiced Salt , to taste 1 tablespoon Sesame (Gingelly) Oil Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , a small bunch finely chopped     20   40     To begin making the Lemon Millet Recipe, make sure you have some cooked millets ready. It helps using a day old millet as the grains will be separated out well. To cook millets, add the cup of millets in a pressure cooker, add 1-1/2 cups of water and pressure cook for couple of whistles. Once cooked the millets should be grainy.Keep the remaining ingredients handy, as this recipe will be made in a jiffy.Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan or kadai, add the mustard seeds, the urad dal and peanuts. Allow them to crackle and the dal and the peanuts to get roasted well until it gets a golden brown color. Do this on low to medium heat else they will get brown faster than you want them to and the peanuts will remain raw.Once the dal is golden brown and roasted, add the curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, turmeric powder and stir for a few seconds.Add carrots and saute for about a minute or two, till the carrots are softened.Once the carrots are softened, add the cooked foxtail millet, sprinkle some salt and give it a good stir until all the ingredients have combined well and the millets gets well coated. Turn the heat to low, cover the pan and allow the lemon millet to steam along with the seasonings for a couple of minutes.After a couple of minutes, squeeze the lemon juice and give the millet a good stir. Check the salt and spice levels and adjust to suit your taste.Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped coriander leaves and serve.Serve Foxtail Millet Lemon Rice Recipe along with Elai Vadam Recipe and tomato onion raita, or plain yogurt.