Healthy finger millet/ragi dumpling/thikkadi

Today, I am going to make a healthy finger millet thikkadi. Most of us turn to millets nowadays. The availability of varieties of millets eases consumption. I tried Finger millet, Kodo millet, Proso millet, Foxtail millet, little millet and Banyard millet. This millet not only come as grains but are also available in semolina, flour, hulled, unhulled, puffed to ease our workload and fuel our creativity.

The supermarkets focus on shelving organic millets as the buyers are preferring more organic products. We used to hear the benefits of unpolished grains. Unpolished millets are healthier. More health drink manufacturers are focusing to include millets in their products.

One more finger-licking traditional dish always I used to make with roasted rice flour. Healthy finger millet thikkadi is one of my favourite recipes. This is a special dish when there are any family ceremonies or special celebrations take place.

In Srilanka, it is named Thakkadi. In Kerala and Tamilnadu this dish is called Thikkadi. To contrast to the normal recipe, I am trying it with finger millet to make the recipe a little healthier without compromising the taste.

Similar millet recipes

Pancake cereal | Mini pancakes-A kid’s friendly snack recipe made with healthy ingredients like oats, finger millet flour to satisfy young one’s sugar craving.

Healthy finger millet rice cake/puttu-A healthy breakfast/snack made with finger millet flour and the sweet punch from ripe Kerala banana.

Kodo millet idli/dosa batter-A healthy breakfast option best for a rush morning. That too with the health benefits.

Healthy Finger Millet Thikkadi

A healthy finger millet thikkadi made with finger millet flour and spices.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


Ingredients for rice dough

  • 1 cup Roasted rice flour
  • ½ cup Roasted finger millet/Ragi flour
  • Salt
  • 1½ to 1¾ cup Water

For the masala

  • 250 gm Chicken
  • 1 Chopped Onion big-sized
  • 1 Chopped tomato big-sized
  • 3 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • tbsp Coriander powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 Cardamom
  • 5 Cloves
  • 2 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp Mint leaves
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oil


  • Boil the water, in a pan.
  • Add salt and mix till it dissolves.
  • Keep the flame in low and add rice flour. Mix well to avoid the lumps and till it cooks. Turn off the stove, close the pan and keep aside dough.
  • After some time, when the temperature of the dough is bearable, make small balls or use your palm and fist to create your preferable shape.
  • Saute the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom in oil.
  • Add onion and saute till it becomes golden brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell goes away.
  • Now add tomato and cook till it becomes mushy.
  • Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, garam masala and saute for few minutes till the raw smell goes.
  • Now add chicken and cook with enough water. When the chicken is half cooked, include the rice dough balls, coriander, and mint.
  • Cook covered in low flame. Turn them in between to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.


  • I used roasted rice flour in this recipe. If you have unroasted rice flour, roast and keep aside for cooling down.
  • Roasted finger millet/Ragi flour works well on this recipe.
  • The outcome of the colour of the rice dough will be in purple colour.
  • You can substitute any meat for chicken.
Keyword chicken, comfort food, dumplings, finger millet, healthy food, masala, one pot meal, ragi, rice dumpling, thakkadi, thikkadi

Traditional recipes to try

Vegetarian dalcha-A high protein curry recipe made with pulses and vegetable to complete nutrition requirement. This dish will give energy for the rest of the day to act energetically.

Eggplant/brinjal chops(side dish for biryani)-A best side dish for biryani. You can accommodate this side dish with any variety of rice. The tangy gravy with the spices blends very well with the eggplants.

Mincemeat with peas curry-This mincemeat curry is made with goat mince and peas give the vibrant colour and distinguished taste to the curry.

Millet milk is the one I encountered after nuts and oats milk. These gluten-free millets can be used in breakfast for the energy-filled day start.

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