March 26, 2023

Bajra Daliya

Bajra or pearl millet can be used either as a whole grain or in the form of flour. This high-fibre daliya recipe uses the entire grain and is loaded with lots of vegetables too.


  • ½ cup bajra grains, soaked overnight
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup carrot, chopped
  • ¼ cup green peas
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 chilli, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kitchen king masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water


  • Add the soaked bajra to a mixer and make a coarse paste. Keep it aside.
  • To a pressure cooker, add some oil and heat it. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and green chillies.
  • Next, sauté the onions and then add the ginger paste and cook.
  • Now, add the chopped carrots, peas and tomatoes.
  • Cook on a slow flame for a few minutes and add salt, cumin powder and the bajra paste.
  • Mix well and cook on a slow flame for a few minutes. Add 1 to 1½ cups water and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid and add the kitchen king masala. Cook for 30 seconds till it bubbles up. Adjust the seasoning as per your taste.
  • Turn off the flame, add the lemon juice and chopped coriander and serve hot.

Rakshita Dwivedi is an entrepreneur who runs Recipe Dabba, which empowers kids with healthy food choices and uses cooking as a gender agnostic life skill. She has won many awards including the Orange Flower Award, Women Disruptors Award, Homepreneur Award and Web Wonder Women awarded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. For more recipes, follow her on Instagram @recipe_dabba

ACTIVITY: Millet Power

Name any 5 millets and their common name.
Example: Pearl millet or bajra


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