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


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"Bajra (Pearl Millet) Khichdi makes a perfect, diabetic friendly and healthy one pot meal."

Serves 5 | Prep Time 40 | Cook Time 30

Why I Love This Recipe

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 In authentic recipe rice is used, which has been replaced by Freekeh over here, which is the latest addition to the category of super-foods.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.


Ingredients You'll Need

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


Directions

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.
-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.
-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.


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