Have you heard of khichdi? it’s magic of mixing together rice & daal and cooking in a single pot. When you are hungry and want to eat light… go for it. When you are sick and don’t feel like eating… go for it. When you want to enjoy spicy treat for your taste buds with one pot meal… just go for it. It is simple to cook and requires minimum cooking time. You need to taste it to relish it.
When you are a fan of Khichdi.. you need to try this variant of khichdi as well. It is healthy and best food to keep you warm in winter season. Millet is a superfood, loaded with fibers which takes care of your digestion, it has various antioxidants, rich in magnesium and iron, what else you can ask.
Khichdi generally is cooked with rice and different pulses but this bajra khichdi is healthier version when you want to avoid rice or want gluten free option. Now that you know importance of Bajra / Millet, let’s start cooking to enjoy all the goodness.
- Bajra / Millet (1 cup ) soaked over night or at least soaked for 6 hours
- Salt (as per taste)
- Moong daal / Yellow split lentils (1 cup)
- or Chilka wali Moong Daal / Split green gram with skin (1 cup)
- *I added both to give nice flavor, you can add any one or both like me.
- Vegetables of your choice
- Green peas
- Boiled corn
- Green chilies (as per taste )
- Dry Spices
- Turmeric (1 tsp)
- Red Chili powder (1 tsp)
- Coriander powder (1 tsp)
- Mustard seeds (for tempering)
- Jeera (for tempering)
- Pinch of Hing (asafetida)
- Ghee or Oil (1 tbsp)
- Coriander leaves to garnish
First cut all the vegetables and keep it aside.
Take soaked Bajra and remove access water and grind it coarsely in mixture.
Tips: I have grinded a bit more, you need to grind it really less. like just churn it for a minute or so with medium speed.
Wash your pulses and keep them aside to soak a little bit.
Switch on gas and put cooker on it. Add oil / ghee into cooker and get it hot a little. Add dry red chili into hot oil. Add mustard seeds and jeera, let them splutter, add pinch of asafetida. Now add your chopped onions & green chilies and let them cooks until soft and pink in color. Add ginger garlic paste if you want to add strong flavors to it. When onions are cooked, add chopped tomatoes. I add all the vegetables at the same time to reduce cooking time. We are cooking them in a cooker so no need to cook them before hand. Add all chopped vegetables, soaked pulses and grinded bajra. Sprinkle your dry spices on top of them and give them a good stir.
Tips: When you want to cook with ghee or butter, just add a little bit of oil before to prevent it from burning fast.
Add some water to it and close the cooked lid. Let it whistle on high flame, than you can lower the flame and let it whistle twice. Switch off the gas and let the pressure come out by itself so that bajra will be cooked nicely with pressure inside.
Once cooked, garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with lots of ghee and curd on the side. You can also have pickle or green coriander chutney with it. Enjoy your delicious khichdi cooked in no time.
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