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Bajre ka Bhat (Pearl millet one pot meal)

Bajre ka Bhat (Pearl millet one pot meal)

Bajre ka Bhat is a healthy, delicious, protein, fiber rich one pot gluten free meal. Ready in minutes and a good meal if you are on a diet.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Bajra, Gluten Free, Millet, One Pot Meal, Winter Warmers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soaking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 0.5 Cup Bajra
  • 2.5 Cups + 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1/2 inch ginger grated
  • 1-2 green chillies chopped (as per taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • salt as per taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Gluten Free Asafoetida (Hing) **Please see Notes
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera (Cumin seeds)


Removing the husk from Bajra

  • Clean the bajra for any impurities.
  • Sprinkle a tablespoon of water on the Bajra.
  • Mix it and let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • With a mortar or pestle lightly crush it.
  • I used my mixer and pulse it like for 1-2 seconds for 5-6 times.
  • Do not over pulse it or else the grain will be crushed.
  • Now remove the husk from the Bajra.
  • See the pic below, the husk gets separated and all remains is the clean bajra.

Preparing Bajra ka Bhat

  • In a pressure cooker, add a tablespoon of ghee.
  • Once hot add the hing and Jeera.
  • Once Jeera crackles, add the grated ginger and green chillies.
  • Saute it for a min.
  • Now add the 2.5 cups of water and let the water heat up to lukewarm.
  • Now add the bajra and stir it. This step is needed or else the bajra will form knots in water and will not cook properly.
  • Add turmeric and salt. Mix and close the pressure cooker lid.
  • Cook it for 4-5 whistles. (It may be more or less depending on your cooker)
  • Bajra takes a litte longer to cook. So 1-2 whistles more than the normal you use for your dals or rice.
  • Let the pressure settle down.
  • Serve it with some Pakodi Kadhi and a dollop of ghee.


  • Asafoetida (Hing) powder available in shops contains wheat and is not gluten free. Gluten intolerant people can either skip completely or opt for Gluten Free Asafoetida (Hing)
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