Bajra Khichdi- How to make Bajra Khichdi-Kalimirch by Smita
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-5
  • 1 Cup=200gms Bajra/Pearl Millet-Wash and Clean Bajra. Soak overnight. Drain excess water from soaked Bajra.
  • ¼th Cup=50gms Moong Dal/Petite Yellow Lentils
  • 1 Green Chili-finely chopped
  • 1-inch Ginger root-grated
  • Ghee
  • 1-tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½-tsp Whole Black Peppercorns
  • ½-inch Cinnamon stick
  • ¼th-tsp Cloves
  • ¼ts-tsp Asafoetida Powder
  • A pinch Turmeric Powder
  • 1-tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2-tbsp Coriander Leaves-finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  1. We will grind soaked and drained Bajra in a grinder jar. Grind Coarsely. Wash and Clean Moong Dal separately.
  2. We will use a pressure cooker for making Khichdi. Heat 2-tbsp Ghee in cooker.
  3. Add Cumin Seeds. Now, we will add whole spices in Ghee. Add Cinnamon sticks, Peppercorns, Cloves, Asafoetida Powder. Fry for few mins.
  4. Add chopped Chilies and grated Ginger and fry for few mins. Add Turmeric Powder, soaked Moong Dal. Add coarsely grounded Bajra. Cook for 2-3 mins.
  5. Now we will add water. We will follow 1:5 ratio. For 1 Cup Bajra, add 5 Cups Water. Bajra absorbs water while it gets cooked, so we have added 5 Cups water.
  6. Add Salt to taste and mix well. When Khichdi starts to boil on high heat, add chopped Coriander Leaves.
  7. Cover Pressure cooker and cook on medium-heat. We will take 1 whistle on medium-heat.
  8. Lower the heat and cook on low heat for 10 mins. We have cooked Khichdi for 10 mins (2 whistles) on low heat. Switch off the heat and allow pressure to release naturally.
  9. When pressure is released naturally, we will make a Tadka.
  10. Heat 1-2 tbsp Ghee. Add Red Chili Powder. Pour this Tadka on Khichdi.
  11. Healthy and delicious Bajra Khichdi is ready to be served. You can add generous serving of some more Ghee on top of Khichdi.
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