Undoubtedly, whole grains are healthy foods, but not all are equally nutritious. Bajra or pearl millet is best among all whole grains though it’s not a grain still included in the list of the whole grains. But, pearl millet is healthy and you won’t regret adding it into your meals. So, reap all it’s health benefits with our healthy bajra recipes.
Why Bajra Is A Healthy Add-On?
No crop has high climate tolerance like bajra, thus this hardy crop easily grows in the scorching weather of Rajasthan, India. And it’s a staple meal there not only because of easy growth but because of its nutty taste.
This nutritious powerhouse millet suits everyone thus it’s popular in different areas of India as well across the globe. Though it’s healthy, the long cooking time of kambu or bajra (in Tamil) may be the reason why some people don’t like it.
Health experts encourage the consumption of bajri(in Gujarati) daily, especially to the women. Why?
Read further to know the health benefits of bajra.
- Fibre-rich foods have phytochemicals that help in the prevention of tumours and cancer of breasts in women. Several studies on pearl millet show that it can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50 per cent in women. Therefore, they should include 30 grams of bajri in their daily meals.
- Sajja/bajra(in Telugu) is a meal for the gut as it contains insoluble fibre that adds weight to our food to keep the tummy full. This pre-biotic food cleanses your bowel, prevents constipation, and improves digestive health.
- The omega-3 fatty acid is something for which fatty fish is considered healthy. And indeed, it is as omega-3 fat improves heart health, prevents the arteries from build-up plague, lower BP, and keeps your heartbeat in rhythm. Vegans can replace fatty fish with bajra as it’s full in this heart-healthy fat.
- Not just the omega-3 in bajra is the reason why you should add it to your heart’s health. It’s a source of magnesium and prevents your heart from cardiovascular diseases. Magnesium also lowers the LDL i.e. bad cholesterol.
- Most of you might not know that bajra can help losing weight as your tummy can easily absorb it.
- Gluten does no good to your body, it interferes with the nutrition absorption ability of your body instead. Furthermore, it’s bad for those with celiac diseases so for them bajra is a good option as it has no gluten.
- Iron is a crucial nutrient for the body and we all know what happens when we don’t get in it sufficient amount. Plus, iron is necessary for cognitive functioning as well. 100 grams of bajra gives you almost half of the amount of iron you need daily.
Now, you know what makes bajra one of the healthiest millet. It’s good for all, be it diabetic or blood pressure patient. So, enjoy either bajra roti or porridge in the breakfast or cook paneer millet koftas for the dinner.
And if this is your first-time with bajra, our healthy bajra recipes are good for the starters. Check it out below:
5 Healthy Bajra Recipes Just For You
#1. Bajra Khichdi
Winters are on the way and bajra khichdi is a perfect meal to keep your body warm during this season. This is why it’s a must-have meal in Rajasthan because nights are very freezing though the state is known for its hot-humid climate.
So, cook just bajra khichdi same as regular khichdi. Add moong dal for boosting its nutritional value.
[Note: Soak it for 12 hours or overnight and then pressure cook the millets next day to cook bajra khichdi]
#2. Bajra Burfi
Craving for a sweet delight? Try sajja burfi. Use grated jaggery instead of sugar to make it a healthy treat. Add khoya and ghee as well to give it a perfect flavour.
Click the link to get the full bajra burfi recipe.
#3. Kambu Dosa
All-time favorite and light on belly, bajra, or kambu dosa is a great evening or morning snack. Use a mix of bajra and rice flour to make perfect round and crispy dosas.
You can even try bajra Uthappa with some veggies and serve it hot with green chutney or sambar. A perfect healthy bajra meal for Dosa’s lovers!
#4. Sindhi Dish Dhodha
Sindhi cuisine is worldwide famous for its rich history and vast culinary culture. It holds a variety of dishes from the culture of Sikhs to Rajputs, Mughals, and even Arabs.
Thus, there’s a lot of unique Sindhi dishes to try but as of now their traditional breakfast, dhodha is a must-have bajra meal for our readers.
Dhodha is made of bajra flour, veggies, spinach, and some regular spices that go in every recipe. Just knead the flour with all the spices, veggies, and make small flat balls using hand (a little ghee is a must).
Fry these flatten ball on the pan with a little oil, it’s done. Cut into four and serve hot with a dollop of butter.
Here’s the full recipe of dhodha.
#5. Bajra Roti
Those who don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking these above-mentioned healthy bajra recipes, bajra roti is a quick option.
Quick to make and loaded with carbs and protein, serve bajra bread or flatbreads with butter on the top.
Add our healthy bajra recipes to your daily menu and enjoy this healthy, yummy, and king of all grain’s every day.