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Bajra Khichdi Recipe | How to make Bajra 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 Main Course
Cuisine North Indian, Rajasthani
Keyword instant pot bajra khichdi, pearl millet
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 298kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

  • ½ cup pearl millet (bajra) broken and clean
  • ½ 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 ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves

Spices:

Instructions

Instant Pot Method:

  • Firstly, soak broken and cleaned bajra in water for at least one hour.
    bajra (pearl millet)soaked in water
  • Press SAUTE mode (Normal) on Instant Pot. Add ghee or oil to the POT. Note: Tastes better with Ghee
  • Once POT is hot, add in the cumin seeds, asafetida, ginger, green chilies. Saute for 20 secs.
  • Then add the mixed vegetables, cook for a minute.
    steps to saute green chilli ginger and mixed vegetables for bajre ki khichdi collage
  • Then add soaked bajra, split moong dal (no need to soak the lentil just rinse it and add it to the pressure cooker), turmeric powder, coriander powder, water, salt. Mix well.
    steps to add lentils millets dry spices and water collage
  • Furthermore, close the lid on the pot. Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and timer to 8 minutes.
    Once the pot beeps, Wait for NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE (NPR).
  • Once the pressure has released, open the lid, add garam masala powder, chopped spinach (palak), cilantro, and mix the khichdi well.
    **Note: If khichdi is not mushy or too dry, select saute mode, add ½ cup of water, and cook for another minute.
    steps to add cilantro collage
  • Instant Pot Bajra Khichdi is ready. Serve with yogurt, raita, or kadhi.
    bajra khichdi served in a bowl with raita on the side

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method:

  • Soak bajra in water for at least one hour.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee or oil in a pressure cooker and once it's hot add in the cumin (jeera), asafetida, ginger, green chilies. Saute for 20 secs.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and cook for a minute.
  • Then add soaked bajra, split moong dal (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, coriander leaves and mix well.
    **If the Khichdi is not mushy or if it's too dry then add ½ cup of water and adjust the consistency of the khichdi.
  • Masala bajra khichdi recipe is ready, serve with yogurt, raita, or kadhi.

Notes

Tips & Variations:

  • To prepare this khichdi, soak the millets for at least 1 hour in water. This step is mandatory.
  • 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.
  • I have used split moong dal without skin. But you can use split moong dal with skin as well.
  • In addition, replace pearl millet with other grains like foxtail millet, Kodo millet, quinoa, rice for a few more variations of this khichdi.
  • You can also use seasonal vegetables and green leafy of your choice like pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, methi leaves.
  • While making Rajasthani Bajra Khichdi with vegetables, cut vegetables into large chunks because of increased pressure cooking time.
 
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6097IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 5mg