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Bajre ki Tikki | Pearl Millet Cookies

Gluten Free Bajre ki Tikki or Pearl Millet Cookies is a traditional, healthy and a regional winter special recipe made using just 3 main ingredients.
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Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Bajra, Gluten Free, Jaggery, Pearl Millet, Sesame Seeds, Winter Delights, Winter Warmers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • Oven
  • Pot/Kadai for Frying


  • 250 grams Bajra Flour (I forgot to take cup measurement will update next time, Should be approximately 1 cup)
  • 150 grams Jaggery / Gud
  • ½ Cup Lukewarm Water or as required
  • 20-23 grams 2 tablespoon Sesame seeds
  • Oil for frying (Not required if baking)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee/Clarified Butter for brushing (Optional)


  • Powder Jaggery or cut into thin strips and put it into a bowl.
  • Add ½ Cup Lukewarm water and mix everything. (Do not add more water at this stage, we can adjust the consistency later)
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes and let the Jaggery melt.
  • Now in a wide plate or a bowl, add the Bajra and 2 tablespoons Sesame seeds. Give it a quick stir.
  • Slightly warm the jaggery syrup and use this to make a smooth and a semi stiff dough.
  • Let the dough rest for 30 mins.
  • After 30 mins, knead the dough one more time. If you feel the dough too smooth, add some flour, ½ tablespoon at a time.
  • One should be able to make smooth balls from this.
  • Take a tablespoon of mixture in your hand. Roll it into smooth balls and slightly flatten it.
  • If frying, fry them on medium stove until golden brown on both sides.
  • For baking, preheat the oven to 180 Deg C.
  • Bake them for 10 minutes on one side.
  • Brush the top with a bit of ghee. This is an optional step, but helps the tikki/Cookies in not dry and also giving them a slight golden colour. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Flip, brush ghee on the other side and again bake for 5 minutes.
  • They should be done when they are firm on the edges. For me it took around 25 minutes.
  • Let them cool and store it in an airtight container.


  • Frying on medium is essential or else they would not cook from inside.
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