Foxtail Millet Pulao

Updated: August 2, 2022, By Swasthi

Foxtail Millet Pulao – I have been using a variety of millets for more than 3 years, since the time I started solids for my younger son. To include millets in his diet, I had to experiment a lot and eventually we started liking them. One of the favorites has been foxtail millet called as Korralu in Telugu, Navane in Kannada and Thinai in Tamil. I use hulled millet and not the millets as it is. Millets are with the husk and don’t get cooked well. Hulled foxtail millets are called as Korra Biyyam in Telugu, Navanakki in Kannada and Thinai Arisi in Tamil.

foxtail millet pulao

If you are seriously trying to maintain a steady healthy weight or lose weight, try replacing white rice with foxtail millet.

I made this foxtail millet pulao for myself and my 4 year old sometime back for lunch. He enjoys millets and loves trying different varieties like
Millet upma and payasam.

Foxtail millet pulao is so simple to prepare, call it a biryani or a pulao and can easily make changes to suit your taste. It tastes delicious and goes perfect with any raita.

It takes only 25 minutes to cook this apart from the soaking time. For a nutritious and whole some meal, you can make this any time: breakfast, lunch or dinner. Winters are the best time to try this korralu pulao, since they are said to keep the body warm.

This is a diabetic friendly recipe and can also be enjoyed by women with gestational diabetes.

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How to make foxtail millet pulao

1. I soaked the millets for about one hour in warm water.

2. Chop the veggies. I use carrots, barabati beans, peas and onion. Mint leaves for flavouring. Keep these aside. You can even use potatoes too.

3. Heat oil in a pan, add the dry spices and fry till they crackle.

tempering spices for foxtail millet pulao

4. Add grated ginger or ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.

frying ginger garlic

5. Add the veggies and mint. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes

frying veggies for millet biryani

6. Add water and salt. Bring it to a boil, add drained millets and cook on a medium to low flame till soft cooked. If there is more water left, cook on high and evaporate it. Cooking on a low flame yields a flavourful millet pulao.

7. Towards the end. Switch off the stove and keep it covered for about 7 to 8 minutes.

Serve hot millet pulao with any raita

millet pulao

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Recipe Card

Foxtail Millet Pulao (Korralu Pulao)

4.96 from 46 votes
Foxtail Millet Pulao is a delicious wholesome and nutritious meal made with foxtail millet, mixed vegetables, spices and herbs.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ½ cup foxtail millet hulled / korra biyyam/ thinai arisi
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 to 1 ½ tbsps Ghee or oil
  • ½ to ¾ cup vegetables Chopped, (carrots, beans, peas, potatoes, small onion sliced)
  • mint leaves Few, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger or ginger garlic paste

Dry spices

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 4 Cloves
  • Cinnamon stick Small
  • 1 Star flower small, or few petals
  • 1 strand mace
  • ¼ tsp shahi jeera


  • Wash and soak millets in lot of warm water for about one hour
  • Heat a pan with oil, saute dry spices till they begin to sizzle
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry till you get a nice aroma
  • Add vegetables and mint, fry for 3 to 4 minutes, till the raw smell goes away
  • Pour water and add salt as needed
  • Bring it to a boil.
  • Drain off the water from millets, add them to the boiling water
  • Cook on a medium to low flame till they are cooked fully. Cook any excess moisture on a high flame just evaporate the water. Off the stove
  • Keep it covered for about 7 minutes.
  • Serve foxtail millet pulao with any raita.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Foxtail Millet Pulao (Korralu Pulao)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
It is very tasty😋😋 and easy

5 stars
Thank you for your page! You’re a great cook! ◡̈ If I want to add soya when can I do this? Do I put it into pressure cooker?

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Hi Swasthi, i try most of ur recipes n they all are really good. I tried this Foxtail millet pulao recipe n it turned out yumm. Thanks alot

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Made this today, I will be trying out more of yr millet recipes as am moving to a less carb/ more millet diet. It came out well, but I didnt know how long to cook it, so it turned out squidgy- over done. Can you share the approx timing on low heat? Will try it again, it is easy to make, too. Thank you.

4 stars
millets pilulao was a good idea. I tried this recipe. Added green chillies too. I might have to add less water too as my millets seemed overdone too.
Thank you for the recipe

5 stars
Good one, I made it as foxtail millet pulao. Thanks

hi Swasthi, thanks for your reply. I will look in amazon. I love your recipies.

Hi Swathi,is thanai same as quiona where do you buy these millets

What did u add fr kaaram in ths recipe ??

Can this be done in cooker ?

Can we try this with multi millet mix?

Hi Swasthi, I tried cooking thinai millet. After cooking there are still some grains I feel uncooked. Is this the way it is supposed to be? I soaked for about 2 hours, steam cooked for 20 minutes and then cooked it in pressure cooker with 1 whistle. Thanks

5 stars
I have triesd little millet Pongal and curd rice . Oearl millet Gnji / soup .

Kodo millet [any suitable millet ]chicken Biryani tomorrow.

Some tips are welcome.

Hi swasthi just made this yesterday was delicious. Love you recipes . A follower from Paris

Where can had foxtail millet in Mumbai.

In khandesh area in Maharashtra papadam r rolled from ragi floor and after drying in sunrays are stored for the long period. Whenever, required are fried or roasted on Fire and served.

Hai swathi garu.. This is ur recipes follower Devi once again. Yela vunaru.. My request is as of now I am preparing only brown rice recipe for everyone.. But I want to start to include every millets to my family.. So pls suggest some recipes.. Thank you

very nice food I like it

I am on a millet diet (:-)) these days.. this looks so yummy

I always love one pot meal.. Looks delicious.