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Vegetable Pearl Millet Recipe - Bajra Khichdi (One Pot Meal)

Bajra (Pearl Millet) Khichdi makes a perfect, diabetic friendly and healthy one pot meal. Pearl Millet (Bajra) is among the grains with highest protein content. It is also high in fiber and contains many essential vitamins and minerals. In authentic recipe rice is used, which has been replaced by Freekeh over here, which is the latest addition to the category of super-foods. Freekeh is a wheat grain harvested while young and green. It is obtained by roasting the harvested grain over the open fire and then removing the burned straw and chaff from it. Freekeh is high in fiber, proteins, calcium, lutein (for eye health) and low in available carbs. Not to mention, the addition of all the mix-vegetables add to the overall nutritional value of the dish.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: Bajra Kichdi, Millet Recipe, Pearl Millet, Rajasthani
Servings: 5
Calories: 396kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pearl millet Bajra - 1 cup broken and clean
  • 1/3 cup Split mung lentil chilka mung dal
  • 1/3 cup Freekeh green-wheat
  • 200 gm Potatoes 1 medium size chopped
  • 350 gm Cauliflower 1 cup florets
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli 1/2 cup florets
  • 50 gm Carrots 1 cup chopped
  • 150 gm Sweat green peas 1 cup
  • 350 gm Tomato 3 chopped
  • 15 gm Ginger 1 big piece chopped
  • 5 gm Green chilies as per your need
  • 15 gm Cilantro handful

Spices:

Instructions

Stove Top Method

  • Soak bajra and freekeh for one hour.
  • Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and put asafetida (hing) and cumin seeds (jeera). Let it splutter.
  • Then add ginger, green chilies,  potato and all the vegetables. Mix nicely and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Then add soaked bajra, freekeh and lentil (no need to soak the lentil just wash it and add it to the pressure cooker).
  • Add salt and other spices and water, mix well and close the lid.
    All the ingredients for Bajra Kichdi mided in IP pot
  • Cook on medium heat for around 20 minutes and switch off the heat. Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Once the pressure is released, give it a good steer.
  • Transfer the khichdi in a serving bowl and put some ghee on top.
  • Serve with papad, yogurt or pickle.

Instant Pot Method

  • Soak bajra and freekeh for one hour.
  • Switch on the Saute mode and heat ghee in IP.
  • Put asafetida (hing) and cumin seeds (jeera). Let it splutter.
  • Then add ginger, green chilies, potato and all the vegetables. Mix nicely and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Then add soaked bajra, freekeh and lentil (no need to soak the lentil just wash it and add it to the pressure cooker).
  • Add salt and other spices and water, mix well and close the lid.
    All the ingredients for Bajra Kichdi mided in IP pot
  • Cancel the saute mode and start the multi-grain mode, which uses less pressure, for 20 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally after 20 minutes are over.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid and give it a good steer.
  • Transfer the khichdi in a serving bowl and put some ghee on top.
  • Serve with papad, yogurt or pickle.

Notes

When you make it next time, serve with Kadhi (click here for recipe) as accompaniment. This combination is very popular in Rajasthan, India.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 984mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2835IU | Vitamin C: 70.6mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 8mg