Bajre ki khichdi- Dairy free!

Prep Time
6 hours
Cook Time
40 minutes

Bajra khichdi is a warming and nutritious khichdi made during winters. Its also a staple food in the regions of Rajasthan and Haryana.

In this bajra khichdi recipe, only bajra and moong dal is used along with a few spices. Bajra is the Hindi word for pearl millet. Everything is cooked in one pot, traditionally in clay pots.

Since it is not so commonly made where I live, I tried out this recipe with the guidance and expertise of my dear friends Niti and Shikha.

It is wholesome and filling and definitely fits the bill of being a soul food.

  • Bajra: 1/3 cup
  • Yellow moong dal: ¼ cup
  • Ginger: 1 tbsp(grated)
  • Green chili: 1 no(chopped)
  • Turmeric: ½ tsp
  • Rock salt: to taste
  • Cumin Seeds: ½ tsp
  • Pick the bajra to remove any dust or stones.
  • Sprinkle with water to moisten the bajra and leave covered for 2 hrs.
  • After two hours blitz the bajra in the mixie jar in very short spurts for 2-3 times.
  • Transfer to a tray and blow away the husk.
  • Blend the bajra in the mixie jar to get coarse grits.
  • Soak the bajra grits in water for around 4 hours.
  • Soak moong dal in water alongside.
  • Heat a pan, add cumin seeds and dry roast.
  • Drain the water from soaked bajra and add to the pan and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add water, three times the measure of bajra.
  • Add chopped green chilies, grated ginger, and turmeric and simmer until the bajra is half cooked.
  • Add soaked moong dal and stir well.
  • Cover and cook until the dal is mushy and the bajra is cooked well.
  • Take care to stir frequently. Add water if required.
  • Serve hot with peanut curd

Wellcure tip:

  • The khichdi thickens on cooling so feel free to keep it little runny.

Eating guide:

  • Food group: millets and lentils
  • Together this combination can be a meal by itself.

  • Millets are gluten-free, rich in fiber and high in nutritional value. They are a good option to add variety to your meals or when you want to go grain-free.

  • Lentils add to the protein content making it a complete meal.

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