April 30, 2018

Bajra Khichdi / Pearl Millet Khichdi / Hariyanvi Recipes

When we got the theme as Hariyanvi cuisine in our Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge group, the first recipe which flashed on my mind was Bajra Khichdi as it is a traditional food in Haryana. Bajra which is also known as Pearl Millet in English is a variety of millet. It is rich in fibre and also has few important minerals like magnesium, iron and phosphorous. Since bajra takes time to cook, soak it for 5 - 6 hours or overnight which ease the cooking process. This khichdi is quite easy to prepare and also, does not require any over dosage of masala ingredients and vegetables. Innovation can also be done based on our taste bud and nutritious factor by including vegetables like peas, potatoes etc.

For the April month, I was paired with an amazing blogger Sujata Roy who blogs at batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com. She have a wonderful page in which loads of healthy, traditional and regional cuisines are there. Don't forget to visit her page to check out all her delicious recipes. Bajra and Green gram were the two secret ingredients given by her to me for the challenge. And using both, prepared a healthy and traditional khichadi using a minimal ingredients. Along with the green gram, I have also included yellow moong dal in this recipe. This healthy and delicious khichdi goes well with papad, pickles and curd. While serving, add few finely chopped raw onions which helps to enhance the taste of khichdi.

Tamil - Kambu
Malayalam - Kambam
Gujarati - Bajri / Bajro
Kannada - Sajje / Kambu
Telugu - Sajjalu

Click HERE to view the delicious recipe prepared by my partner Sujata Roy using the secret ingredients given by me.

Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Bajra / Pearl Millet 
1/4 Cup Green Moong dal 
1/4 Cup yellow Moong dal 
1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds 
1 Green chilli, Finely chopped 
1 Tsp Ginger, Finely chopped 
A sprig of Curry leaves 
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder 
Salt to taste 
3 Cups of Water

For Tadka :

1 Tsp Oil / Ghee 
1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds 
1 Dry red chilli
A pinch of Hing powder 

Method :

Wash and soak Bajra over night.

Drain the water and grind it coarsely. Keep aside.

Wash both the green gram and yellow moong dal. keep aside.

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds followed by green chilli, ginger and curry leaves.

Now add the coarsely ground bajra along with the washed green gram and yellow moong.

Mix well and add the measured cups of water along with the required amount of salt.

Pressure cook it for 3 - 4 whistles in a low flame.

Once the pressure gets released, mix the khichdi well and add water if necessary.

For tadka, heat ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds followed by dry red chilli and hing powder.

Fry and add it to the Bajra khichdi.

Serving Options :

Serve with Pickle, Curd or Chutney.


  1. The bajra khichdi looks super comforting and yummy! :) A bowl of this for dinner would be just perfect!

  2. Such a comforting bowl of healthy khichdi. I love combining bajri and moong as both lend such an earthy taste to the khichdi.

  3. Love the kichdi bowl and feel like taking it away from the pic.

  4. Bajra khichdi sounds healthy and yummy. Love to have it in winter. Delicious and comforting meal.

  5. Now I almost always make this version of khichdi during winter. I like the bit of bajra as compared the mushy texture of rice. Your bowl look so inviting.

  6. Bajra khichdi is certainly a comfort one pot meal..top it with home made ghee and dive in the bowl..lovely share !

  7. Bajra khichdi is a comfort meal, ideal for lunch or dinner. Love your version here.

  8. A lovely bowl of healthy and yummy comfort food on a cold and rainy day. Yummy.

  9. Delicious looking bowl of bajra khichidi! Easy to make, tasty and nutritious - what more can one ask for in a recipe! Love the ghee tadka floating on top! Sujata Shukla of PepperOnPizza

  10. A warm bowl of healthy kichadi.. love the presentation and book marking it..

  11. Healthy and super comforting khichdi, i dont mind having this ultimate dish rite now.

  12. bajra khichdi is simply healthier version of regular khichdi..lovely share for the challenge....yum