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Bajra Khichdi (Pearl Millet Khichdi): A One-Pot Recipe

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Bajra Khichdi (Pearl Millet Khichdi)

Bajra Khichdi (Pearl Millet Khichdi)

Bajra Khichdi: An Easy Single-Pot Meal

When I have a few vegetables and pearl millet at home, I like to make khichdi because it's a tasty, wholesome lunch or dinner. It's also quick and easy to make. It has a porridge-like consistency and a nice mouthfeel.

The main ingredients in this dish are bajra (pearl millet), vegetables, moong dal, ghee, and spices. Bajra is gluten-free and is rich in magnesium, making it heart-friendly. Its rich fiber helps maintain digestive health. Moong dal is a known source of protein.

Using ghee instead of oil makes this dish healthier and more delicious. Alternatively, you can use ghee and oil in equal parts. Serve bajra khichdi for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with fried papad or any other fried item on the side. Enjoy the wholesome meal!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

25 min

40 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bajra (pearl millet), washed and soaked in water overnight or 10 hours
  • 1/2 cup moong dal
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste, freshly ground
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables, cut in 1-cm pieces (e.g., French beans, green peas, capsicum, cauliflower, carrot, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil (I used 1 tablespoon ghee and 1 tablespoon oil)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a pressure cooker, add ghee (or a mixture of ghee and oil). Heat it. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves, and cardamom. Saute on low heat until the cumin crackles.
  2. Add chopped onions. Increase the heat. Saute until the onions become pinkish. Add ginger-garlic paste. Continue to saute until the raw smell escapes from the ginger-garlic paste.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and some salt. Saute the mixture for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped mixed vegetables, red chili powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and remaining salt. Mix well. Saute the mixture for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add bajra (pearl millet) and moong dal. Saute the mixture for 1 minute. Add about 6 cups of water and bring the mixture to boil. At this stage, you can check for the taste. Add more salt or red chili powder if you want.
  5. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid. Place the cooker weight when the steam starts coming out.
  6. Cook on high heat until 2 or 3 whistles and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  7. Open the cooker lid when the pressure releases naturally. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
  8. Serve this dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with fried papad or any other fried side dish. Enjoy the wholesome and delicious meal!

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Step one: Add ghee or oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon stick, and cardamom to a pressure cooker. Heat it. Saute the mixture over medium heat until the cumin crackles.

Step one: Add ghee or oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon stick, and cardamom to a pressure cooker. Heat it. Saute the mixture over medium heat until the cumin crackles.

Add chopped onions. Continue to saute until the onions become pinkish and transparent.

Add chopped onions. Continue to saute until the onions become pinkish and transparent.

Add ginger-garlic paste. Continue sauteing until the raw smell from the ginger-garlic paste goes away.

Add ginger-garlic paste. Continue sauteing until the raw smell from the ginger-garlic paste goes away.

Add chopped tomatoes and some salt. Increase the heat and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Add chopped tomatoes and some salt. Increase the heat and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Step two: Add chopped vegetables.

Step two: Add chopped vegetables.

Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, and remaining salt. Mix well.

Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, and remaining salt. Mix well.

Saute for 2-3 minutes.

Saute for 2-3 minutes.

Step three: Add pearl millet and moong dal.

Step three: Add pearl millet and moong dal.

Saute the mixture for a minute.

Saute the mixture for a minute.

Step four: Add 6 cups of water and bring the mixture to boil. At this stage, check for taste. Add more salt or red chili powder if you want. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid. Place the weight.

Step four: Add 6 cups of water and bring the mixture to boil. At this stage, check for taste. Add more salt or red chili powder if you want. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid. Place the weight.

Cook over high heat until 2 or 3 whistles and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Cook over high heat until 2 or 3 whistles and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Open the cooker lid once the pressure escapes from it naturally. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

Open the cooker lid once the pressure escapes from it naturally. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

Your favorite bajra (pearl millet) khichdi is ready to serve!

Your favorite bajra (pearl millet) khichdi is ready to serve!

Serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with fried papad or any fried side dish. Enjoy the deliciousness and wholesome meal experience!

Serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with fried papad or any fried side dish. Enjoy the deliciousness and wholesome meal experience!