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Bajra Khichdi|Pearl Millet Khichdi

Bajra Khichdi is a warm and nutritious recipe that can be made during winters. This recipe is prepared with pearl millet, moong dal, vegetables and some basic spices
Course Breakfast, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine north indian, rajasthani
Keyword healthy, instant pot bajra khichdi, lentil recipes, millet recipes, pearl millet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author bhavana

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

  • 1/2 cup Pearl millet (Bajra) – broken and clean
  • 1/2 cup split yellow moong (Split Green Moong Dal/Lentils also can be used)
  • 2 cups Mix Vegetables chopped (carrot, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower)
  • 2 cups Spinach (Palak) chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee or oil
  • Salt – to taste
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoon Cilantro (coriander leaves)

SPICES:

Instructions

INSTANT POT METHOD:

  • Soak broken and cleaned bajra in water for one hour.
  • Press SAUTE mode(Normal) on Instant Pot. Add ghee or oil in to the POT.Note:Tastes better with Ghee
  • Once POT is hot add in the Cumin(Jeera), Asafetida, ginger, green chillies. Saute for 20 secs.
  • Then add mixed vegetables, cook for a minute.
  • Then add soaked bajra, split moong dal (lentil) (no need to soak the lentil just rinse it and add it to the pressure cooker),turmeric powder, coriander powder, water, salt.Mix well.
  • Close the lid on the pot, and turn pressure valve to SEALING position.Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 8 minutes.Wait for NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE(NPR).
  • Once the pressure has released, open the lid, garam masala powder ,chopped spinach(palak) ,cilantro and mix khichdi well.
    Note: If khichdi is not mushy or too dry then select saute mode and add additional 1/2 cup of water and cook for another minute.
  • Bajra Vegetable Khichdi is ready, serve with yogurt, raita or kadhi.

STOVE TOP PRESSURE COOKER METHOD:

  • Soak bajra in water for one hour.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee or oil in a pressure cooker and Once its hot add in the Cumin(jeera), asafetida, ginger, green chillies. Saute for 20 secs.
  • Then add mixed vegetables, cook for a minute.
  • Then add soaked bajra, split moong dal (lentil) (no need to soak the lentil just rinse it and add it to the pressure cooker),turmeric powder, coriander powder, water, salt.Mix well.
  • Close the lid and put the whistle weight on. Cook for 3-4 whistles on medium flame and turn off the gas.
  • Once the pressure has released completely, open the lid, add garam masala powder ,spinach ,cilantro/coriander leaves and Mix the mixture well.
  • If khichdi is not mushy or too dry then add 1/2 cup of water and adjust to khichdi consistency.
  • Bajra Khichdi is ready, serve with yogurt, raita or kadhi.

Notes

  1. To prepare the pearl bajra khichdi, soak the millet for at least 1 hour in water. This step is mandatory.
  2. The water ratio in this recipe is 4 times the millets and lentils together which makes a soft, porridge like consistency for the final dish.
  3. I have used split moong dal without skin . You can use split green moong dal as well.
  4. You can also prepare same khichdi with other grains like foxtail millet, kodo millet ,quinoa, rice
  5. You can use seasonal vegetables and green leafy of your choice like pumpkin ,potatoes, sweet potatoes ,methi leaves.
  6. When adding vegetables to the khichdi, cut into large chunks because of increased pressure cooking time.