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%Bajra Khichdi Recipe

Bajra Khichdi

  • Author: Debjani
  • Prep Time: 10 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 10 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 People


Bajra Khichdi is a famous nutritious pot meal from the northern part pf India prepared with Black Millet or Pearl Millet and lentil.


  • Black Millet / Pearl Millet / Bajra: 1 Cup (100 g)
  • Split Yellow Gram / Moong Daal / Yellow Moong Daal Dhuli: 1 Cup (100 g)
  • Green Peas: ½ Cup (optional)
  • Asafoetida: ½ Tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder: ½ Tsp.
  • Cumin Seed: 1 Tsp.
  • Cumin Powder: ½ Tsp.
  • Garam Masala Powder: ½ Tsp.
  • Dried Red Chili: 1-2
  • Green Chilies: 2-3 (optional)
  • Clarified Butter/ Ghee: 1 Tbsp.
  • Salt: to Taste


  1. Soak Black Millet or Bajra overnight or for around 8 hours in plain water.
  2. Wash soaked Bajra and Moong dal 2-3 times with clean water.
  3. Now take Bajra and Moong Daal in a Pressure Cooker and add ½ Tsp. of Salt and around 5 Cups of water and pressure cook the mixture for 4 whistles in medium flame.
  4. Switch the flamed off and wait till pressure escape from the cooker.
  5. Now take Ghee in a Wok and heat in medium flame till Ghee dissolves completely.
  6. Temper the Ghee with Cumin Seeds, Asafoetida and Dried Red Chilies.
  7. Add Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder and Garam Masala Powder to the mixture.
  8. Add Fresh Green Peas and cook for 2-3 minutes in low flame.
  9. Now add boiled Bajra-Daal mix to the tempering and adjust spices if required.
  10. Mix properly and cook in medium flame for 3-4 minutes or till you get desired consistency.
  11. Remove from flame and serve Bajra Khichdi immediately.


I prefer to add equal quantity of Millet and Daal in my Khichdi; however, 3:2 rations can also be used.
I don’t like to remove the husk from Bajra since husk is a good source of fiber; if you don’t want husk in Bajra Khichdi then remove husk after soaking and before pressure cooking.
Green Peas are optional but provides nutritious value to the dish and I love to add Peas to add some extra color to the dish.

  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: North Indian
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