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When we are sick, our moms advise us to eat khichdi because it is considered as a nutritious food. But no one wants to eat khichdi unless they are sick. Well, because most people may find it boring or tasteless. What if we turn your tasteless khichdi into a delicious and nutritious meal that you can enjoy anytime? If you are curious to know now, let us introduce you to bajra khichdi or millet porridge.
Bajra khichdi is a traditional north Rajasthan dish that is not only one of the simplest things to make but also the healthiest you can eat.
In fact, bajra is not just famous for being used to prepare a khichdi but people also enjoy bajre ki roti, bajra methi ki puri, majra mathri, bajra thepla and many more. But the one bajra dish that you can and should enjoy this winter is bajre ki khichdi.
Deepti Khatuja, Head Clinical Nutritionist, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, tells HealthShots that “Bajra khichdi made is rich in various nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and fibre, etc which may reduce degenerative diseases like blood pressure and diabetes and weight. As Bajra Khichdi also contains a good amount of iron, it is also important for anemic patients as iron is considered as one of the most important components that helps prevent and control anemia.”
Iron also improves memory and cognitive abilities. The fiber in Bajra khichdi is helpful in aiding the digestive process and it relieves constipation issues and weight loss without causing weakness.
She adds, “Bajra has many antioxidant properties as it contains flavonoids, lignin, and phytonutrients. This helps us fight against infection, the anti-ageing process and rejuvenates our skin. It also promotes good eye health. Bajra khichdi can be very helpful for chronic asthma patients because it contains magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties.” What’s more, it is also a good source of phosphorus which is important for bone growth and development.”
Now that you know that bajra khichdi is a storehouse of nutrients, let’s introduce you to a yummy recipe for it.
½ cup millet bajra /pearl
¼ cup moong dal
1 medium chopped onion
1 medium chopped carrot
6-7 chopped beans
¼ cup green peas
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1 red dry chili
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
1 tbsp ghee
Note: They don’t have to be cooked all the way through, they will cook along with the millet and moong dal.
Also, read: 5 reasons why you should say YES to khichdi
There you go, your bajra ki khichdi is ready! Serve it hot and add ghee. Enjoy bajra khichdi with yogurt, pickle, papad or any side dish you prefer.