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Foxtail Millet Nippattu

By: Archana
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Breakfast/Tiffins/Snacks


1 cup foxtail millet flour
1 cup rice flour
1 cup kadale hittu/besan
2 tablespoons peanuts, roasted, skinned and lightly crushed
2 teaspoons sun dried chilies finely crushed
1 teaspoon coconut powder
1 tablespoon jeera/cumin seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 cup dill/sabsige soppu leaves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon hing/asafoedita
1 tablespoon sizzling hot melted butter
1-2 cups warm water
Salt to taste
3 cups of vegetable oil, to deep fry


To begin making Foxtail Millet Nippattu, dry roast the flours until they turn aromatic for about 4 to 6 minutes on medium heat. Switch off the heat and cool it completely.

Mix all the powders, chili flakes, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, dill leaves and salt together. Pour a tablespoon of sizzling hot melted butter in the mixture and mix thoroughly.

Now add lukewarm water little by little and mix into a soft and pliable dough. Make little balls and roll them flat into little discs, about 2 inches in diameter.

You can grease a plastic sheet as the surface, or use wax paper to pat down the nippattu.

Heat oil in a deep fry pan on medium-high. When the oil starts to smoke, add a tiny ball of dough; if it sizzles and rises to the oil surface, the oil is hot enough.

Reduce the heat to medium and gently peel away the nippattu from the wax paper and put them into the oil. They will sink, and foam at first, then come up to the surface quickly.

Flip them over to the other side and let them turn into golden brown colour. Drain the savouries on a paper napkin or sieve over a bowl. When the savouries are completely cool, store them in airtight boxes in a cool dark place.

Serve Foxtail Millet Nippattu with hot Masala Chai during your tea time break.


Foxtail Millet Nippattu are crunchy millet and lentil snacks that will melt in your mouth. They are spicy discs fried to a crispy golden brown and are great to have with your evening tea or coffee. You can even serve it, when you have sudden guests at home!

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