Comfort in a Bowl: Ishva Foxtail Millet Khichdi Recipe

Comfort in a Bowl: Ishva Foxtail Millet Khichdi Recipe


Welcome to our kitchen, where we celebrate the goodness of wholesome ingredients! Today, we're excited to share a comforting and nutritious recipe: Ishva Foxtail Millet Khichdi. Khichdi is a traditional Indian dish known for its simplicity and nourishing qualities. By using foxtail millet instead of rice, we elevate this dish with added health benefits and a delicious nutty flavor. Let's dive into this easy-to-make recipe that's perfect for any meal of the day.


To prepare Ishva Foxtail Millet Khichdi, gather the following ingredients:

  • Ishva Foxtail Millet: 1 cup
  • Yellow Moong Dal: 1/2 cup
  • Water: 4 cups
  • Ghee or Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin Seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves: A few leaves
  • Ginger: 1-inch piece, finely chopped
  • Green Chilies: 2, slit lengthwise
  • Asafoetida (Hing): A pinch
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt: To taste
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves: For garnish


Step 1: Preparation

  1. Rinse and Soak: Rinse the foxtail millet and yellow moong dal together under running water. Soak them in enough water for about 30 minutes. Drain before using.

Step 2: Cooking

  1. Pressure Cook: Heat ghee or oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter.

  2. Add Aromatics: Add curry leaves, chopped ginger, green chilies, and a pinch of asafoetida. Sauté for a minute until fragrant.

  3. Cook Millet and Dal: Add the drained foxtail millet and moong dal to the cooker. Stir well to coat with the tempering.

  4. Seasoning: Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix everything together.

Step 3: Pressure Cooking

  1. Cook: Pour in 4 cups of water and mix well. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook on medium heat for 3-4 whistles or until the millet and dal are cooked through and soft.

Step 4: Serving

  1. Serve Hot: Once done, let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid and gently fluff the khichdi with a fork.

  2. Garnish: Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Health Benefits of Foxtail Millet

Foxtail millet is a nutrient-dense grain with numerous health benefits. Here's why you should incorporate it into your diet:

  • Rich in Fiber: Supports digestion and keeps you full longer.
  • High in Protein: Provides essential amino acids for muscle repair and growth.
  • Low Glycemic Index: Helps regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Packed with Minerals: Contains iron, magnesium, and phosphorus for overall health.


Ishva Foxtail Millet Khichdi is not just a comforting meal but also a nutritious addition to your diet. Whether you're looking for a wholesome lunch, a light dinner, or a dish to soothe your soul, this khichdi fits the bill perfectly. Enjoy its delicate flavors and health benefits with your loved ones, and embrace the goodness of foxtail millet in every bite.

Happy Cooking!

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