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Foxtail Millet Honey Balls - Thenum Thinai Maavum

Foxtail millet honey balls are an easy, gluten free, healthy snack to make and enjoy by both adults and kids alike.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course sweets
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 8 balls


  • Foxtail millet or Thinai - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar rock candy or kalkandu - 3 big marbles
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Honey - 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Cashewnuts (broken) - 2 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp


  • Heat a pan, add foxtail millet and dry roast over medium flame for 5 to 6 mins. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • Heat the same pan, add ghee, broken cashew nuts and roast till golden in color and keep aside.
  • Add roasted foxtail millet, rock candy, cardamom and grind to a coarse powder. It should be like rava (sooji)
  • Transfer to a bowl, add the roasted cashewnuts along with ghee.
  • Rub it into the coarse millet powder till it resembles bread crumbs.
  • Make sure this mixture is completely cool.
  • Add 2 tbsp honey first and mix well. You can serve as such, else try to make small ladoo shaped balls.
  • If the ball keeps crumbling, add the remaining honey little by little till it comes together and you are able to shape the ladoos.
  • Foxtail millet honey balls are ready.
  • Store in an airtight jar and use within a week. No need to refrigerate.