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Close up view of Bajra and Green Dal Khichdi served in a white rectangular bowl, with ghee drizzled on top and some coriander sprinkled. Seen in background is dal and bajra, along with dahi and sabudana (Sago seeds) papad

Bajra and Split Green Moong Dal Khichdi

Bajra and Split Green Moong Dal Khichdi is a healthy and protein rich, winter favourite one-pot meal done on a stove top pressure cooker or an Instant pot.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Bajra, Gluten Free, Khichdi, Moong Dal, One Pot Meal, Winter Warmers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Soaking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 0.5 Cup Bajra (Pearl Millet)
  • 0.5 Cup Split Green Moong Dal
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera (Cumin seeds)
  • 1/2 Cup Green peas
  • 1/2 Cup Cup Carrot chopped (or vegetable of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Gluten Free Asafoetida (Hing) **Gluten Intolerant - Please see Notes
  • 1/4 inch chopped or grated ginger
  • 1-2 Green Chillies Chopped
  • 3 Cups Water (If you want it more liquid add 1 cup more water)
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped Coriander for Garnish and flavour

Instructions

  • Rinse and soak the Green Moong Dal for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse and soak the Bajra for 30 minutes.
    Ingredients for Khichdi in a bowl, with soak dal and bajra. Vegetables and spices in different bowls

Pressure Cooker Method

  • In a pressure cooker , add in the Ghee.
  • Once hot add in the asafoetida and Jeera.
  • Once the Jeera crackles add the ginger and green chilly and saute it for a few seconds.
  • Now add green peas, carrot, salt and give it a quick stir.
  • Add in the Bajra and Green Dal, and 3 cups of water.
  • Mix everything and let this cook for 4-5 whistles. (Cooking time can vary depending on bajra and your cooker settings - Read above for cooking of Bajra)
  • Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open and check if the bajra is done.
  • If not cook for more time, be sure to check if you have enough water in the pressure cooker. If not, add some hot water and cook for more.

Instant Pot Method

  • Switch on the Instant pot on Saute mode.
  • Add in the ghee.
    Adding of Ghee
  • Once hot add in the asafoetida and Jeera.
    Adding of Cumin seeds and Asafotetida
  • Once the Jeera crackles add the ginger and green chilly and saute it for a few seconds.
    Adding of Ginger and Green Chillies
  • Now add green peas, carrot, salt and give it a quick stir.
    Adding of Green Veggies
  • Add in the Green Dal
    Adding of Green Dal
  • Add in the Bajra
    Adding of Bajra
  • Add water and mix Everything
    Adding Water and mixing everything
  • Cancel the saute mode.
  • Close the lid of the Instant pot, and put in on sealing mode.
  • Pressure cook on high for 25 minutes.
  • Once done, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Add chopped coriander and serve hot with yogurt, pickle or papad
    Bajra & Green Split Dal Khichdi served in a white bowl with ghee on top and garnished with coriander

Notes

  • Any combination of veggies can be used.
  • The cooking time of Bajra (Pearl millet) varies. So do read above and cook for more time if required.
  • To check if Bajra is cooked press it in between your fingers. It should press easily and be soft. Or you can eat slightly and check. It should be soft and not hard.
  • 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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