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 Health Benefits of Bajra Flour

  Last Updated : Apr 26,2018






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Bajra (Pearl millet) is the most widely grown type of millet in India. Millets are seeded grasses and are a healthy substitute for rice and wheat in almost all the recipes.They have high resistance against harsh climates so, they can be grown easily.

Bajra flour is made by grinding the Bajra (pearl millet) grains. It is grayish in color and has nutty flavor. Bajra flour is an excellent source of iron, protein, folic acid and fibre that keeps complex ailments like anemia, constipation,obesity in check and flushes out all toxins. Bajra grains are gluten free hence, bajra flour doesn't stick together well. Also, they release energy slowly because of the complex carbohydrates.They are an ideal food for weight-loss diet because, they take time to digest and make one feel fuller.

 

18 Health Benefits of Bajra Flour

1. High in Protein:
One cup of Bajra flour (96 grams) gives about 10.86 grams of protein. From that one cup you can get 6 Bajra Rotis. So each Bajra Roti is about 1.8 grams of protein and very good source for Vegetarian.

2. High in Fiber :
One cup of Bajra flour gives about 10.84 grams of fibre. From that one cup you can get 6 Bajra Rotis. So each Bajra Roti is about 1.8 grams of fibre and very good source for Vegetarian.

3. Complete Protein for Vegetarians :
Bajra Flour forms a complete protein when combined with legumes like rajma, moong dal, urad dal, toovar dal, chana dal.

4. Gluten Free :
Great healthy option for those who are intolerant to Gluten. What’s better is that Bajra Roti is healthier than Whole Wheat Roti.

5. Good for Diabetics :
Bajra is rich in Magnesium which improves insulin response by lowering insulin resistance which is good for Diabetics. Having very low magnesium will result in the pancreas not secrete enough insulin to control our blood sugar.

6. Good for Heart :
Bajra is rich in Magnesium. 100 grams of Bajra have 131 milligrams of Magnesium which is 37% of your recommend daily allowance (RDA). Magnesium helps maintain nerve function and normal heartbeat.

7. Lowers Cholesterol :
Being high in Fibre, Bajra reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the effects of good cholesterol (HDL)

8. Lowers Blood Pressure :
Bajra and all Millets are rich in Potassium. Potassium is critical for those with High Blood Pressure as it lessens the impact of sodium. Eating more Potassium Rich Foods will remove more sodium from your body through urine. So if you are suffering from High Blood Pressure and taking medication, then the medicine works by taking out the sodium and potassium from the kidneys. So you need to up your Potassium intake in this case.

9. Relieves Constipation :
Bajra being rich in insoluble fibre helps easy digestion and hence relieves constipation. Insoluble Fibre does not dissolve in water and goes through your stomach without being processed helping other foods move through your system and out. Insoluble Fibre keeps you healthier with a better digestive system.

10. Alkaline :
Bajra is alkaline in nature and combats acidity. Acidity is a form of indigestion in which there is accumulation of acid leading to a burning sensation in the stomach and the digestive tract. The stomach periodically produces acid to aid digestion. It is when we don't eat at regular intervals or are excessively stressed the stomach produces more acids which harms our body.

11. Good for Endurance :
Being high in fibre, protein, alkaline, lowering blood pressure means more RBC (red blood cells) to give energy. All these factors enhance performance of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers and bikers.

12. Antioxidant Rich :
Bajra has many antioxidants which help fight the body against infections.

13. Helps prevents Anaemia :
Bajra flour contains a fair source of Iron which helps prevent Anaemia. Here is our food sources of Iron.

14. Rich in Folic Acid:
Vitamin B9 helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells. It also helps prevents DNA changes that might cause cancer.

15 Good for bones :
Bajra flour is rich in Phosphorus which is a major mineral which works closely with calcium to build our bones.

16. Good for Skin :
Being rich in Zinc which helps repair skin and slows the ageing process.

17. Good for Eyes:
Zinc helps in the activity of an enzyme in our body that helps produce Vitamin A, which is useful in treating night blindness.

18. Carbohydrate Metabolism:
Bajra flour is rich in Vitamin B1 which is essential for glucose metabolism. It extracts energy from our food and converts it into ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
 

Nutritional Information of Bajra Flour

One cup of Bajra Flour is 96 grams, which makes 6 rotis.

346 Calories
11.1 grams of Protein
64.8 grams of Carbs
4.8 grams of Fat

Check here for more details of Bajra Flour Nutritional Value.
We have a collection of 130 recipes using Bajra Flour. Given below are 10 healthy Bajra Flour recipes.

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Health Benefits Of Bajra Flour

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 by Tarla Dalal
Made with ingredients found in most kitchens, this excellent low calorie breakfast choice is a combination of five nutritious flours that provide iron, protein, fibre and vitamin b3
Nothing can beat the flavour, texture and aroma of warm, freshly-baked bread. It is this irresistible appeal that motivates food lovers to bake their own bread at home. Now, here is a Multigrain Bread recipe that will beat all other breads hands-down, with its rustic flavour and homely aroma. Made of whole wheat flour, millet flours, oats and assorted seeds, this loaf is further topped with mixed millets flour and flax seeds just before baking to deepen the aroma and flavour. Load slices of this Multigrain Bread with veggies to make a sumptuous sandwich , toast it, butter it and serve it with jam , or slice it and enjoy with a tangy dip !
Get an instant energy boost with these bajra and methi khakhras, the ideal anytime-snack! when you're feeling peckish or looking for a healthy breakfast option, reach for these crisp and tasty khakhras.
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 by Tarla Dalal
With humble origins as a simple, homely breakfast in South India, the uttappa has now become famous all over the world, because it lends itself to so much innovation. Here is yet another variant, made with whole bajra and its flour. Vegetables like carrots and onions lend a nice crunch to this sumptuous dish, while coriander, lemon juice, etc., team up to perk up the flavour and aroma. Serve the Bajra, Carrot and Onion Uttapa fresh off the tava with healthy green chutney.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A unique dosa that is made with a fermented batter of soaked and ground urad combined with the right proportions of four readymade flours, the 4 Flour Dosa is super tasty and notably satiating! Rather than using high glycemic index rice, this sumptuous pancake is made with fibre-rich flours like whole wheat, bajra, jowar and nachni. Since the batter is fermented, it becomes easier to digest, and also gives a nice texture that is both crispy and fluffy. The 4 Flour Dosa is a wise choice for diabetics, but we recommend having it with a small portion of sambhar only, to avoid excess fat from coconut chutney. For a tasty and diabetic friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, check out our collection of Diabetic recipes .
Methi Thalipeeth is a traditional Maharashtrian breakfast, made with a mix of flours, aromatic fenugreek leaves and a touch of spice powders. It has a rustic and homely texture and a really inspiring flavour. It is nutritious and filling – a good way to kick-start your day. The best part is that it has a well-balanced flavour on its own and needs just a cup of curds for serving. Make sure you cook the Methi Thalipeeth till it is slightly crisp, so that you get a nice aroma, flavour and texture. To make the dish more exciting, serve it with accompaniments like the Sukhi Lehsun Chutney and Dry Peanut Chutney Powder .
Rotlas are made with bajra, jowar or nachni flour, and combine very well with ghee, jaggery. Take care to make the rotlas as soon as the dough is kneaded, as the dough tends to harden quickly, making it difficult to roll. With practice and patience, you can surely master the art of rolling the rotlas uniformly and making them puff up. You can also serve rotlas with Baingan Bharta , Khatta Urad Dal and Red Chilli Thecha , as it makes a complete meal combo and is sure to attract everybody.
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 by Tarla Dalal
These taste really good when served piping hot with ghee. . . The tinge of garlic gives a nice twist to these bland rotis. . . Very easy to make and definitely worth a try!
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 by Tarla Dalal
Garlic, green chilli paste and sesame seeds add a distinctive flavour to these otherwise bland rotis. For best results, serve these easy-to-make rotis with a smattering of ghee.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Though bajra is grown only in certain parts of Rajasthan, bajra rotis are relished all over the state. Thickly rolled bajra rotis are cooked over "kanda" (cow dung cakes) in the villages. That is the authentic way of preparing them because it imparts a smoked flavour to the rotis. But here’s a tava version of the famous bajra roti. Bajra rotis can accompany virtually any vegetable or kadhi on a Rajasthani menu. Bajra roti, lahsun ki chutney and onions is the staple diet of the locals. Although absolutely simple to make, these rotis are delicious!
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Health Benefits of Bajra Flour
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 on 18 May 18 03:57 PM


As an diabetic for several years, medically advised to have meals thats control diabetic level. Article Given has great health information which was never known before to me. Bajra rotla, Bajra-Garlic roti, Bhakri i loved having in meals. Actually having garama-garam rotis, rotla or bhakri sound awesome. tried them with other diabetic subzis recipes like Bhaja Moong Dal Shobji Diye, Carrot Methi Subzi ,Sprouted Kabuli Chana and Palak of Tarla Mam. Thanks Madam for providing such wonderful healthy recipes and informations.