This khichdi provides a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and dietary fiber for a satisfying dinner and you can enjoy this nourishing and comforting meal that showcases the versatility of Indian ingredients. So elevate your dinner with this wholesome and unique recipe which combines the nutty flavors of bajra with colorful vegetables, this dish offers a comforting and nourishing meal.
1 cup bajra (also known as pearl millet), washed and soaked for 2 hours
1/2 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, beans), finely chopped
1 small onion with 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic that are minced
1/2 inch ginger which is grated
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 green chili, finely chopped
A few curry leaves
2 tablespoons cooking oil or ghee
Salt to taste
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnishing
- Drain the soaked bajra and spread it on a clean cloth to dry for about 30 minutes.
- In a pressure cooker or large pot, heat oil or ghee over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
- Add minced garlic, grated ginger, chopped green chili, and curry leaves and sauté for a minute.
- Stir in chopped onion and sauté until translucent.
- Then, add finely chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften.
- Mix in turmeric powder, garam masala, and coriander powder and cook it for a minute.
- Add the dried bajra grains and chopped mixed vegetables. Stir well to combine with the vegetables and spices.
- Once the pressure is released, open the lid and gently fluff the Bajra Khichdi with Mixed Vegetables using a fork.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve this nourishing and flavorful Indian dinner.
Bajra Khichdi with Mixed Vegetables offers vitamin A from vegetables for vision health and immune support, while bajra contributes iron for energy metabolism and vitamin B-complex for nervous system function.
Calories: ~300-350 kcal
Dietary Fiber: ~10-12g