Millet cookies recipe, bajra cookies - Raks Kitchen (2024)

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Millet cookies recipe - Pearl millet known as bajra in Hindi and Kambu in tamil, made to cookies with bajra flour.

A gluten free cookies with simple ingredients like ghee (clarified butter), sugar and cardamom.

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When I went for a quick trip to Chennai last week for a family function, I tasted this bajra cookies.

Every evening MIL gives some snacks for every one at home and millet cookies were kept isolated and she was asking my co sis if she wanted it.

Millet cookies were passed through someone when they visited. Since my co sis likes millets, she opened and tasted. Gave one for me too for tasting and it was so crisp, light and tasty too.

I just loved it and wanted to try myself baking it. I read the ingredients and wanted to note it down, but forgot as usual.

Still last week when I went for grocery shopping, took this pack of bajra flour from mustafa.

Today I wanted to try and post bajra millet cookies. I adapted the same recipe I used for making nankatai.

I was not sure if the cookies will be in shape or would spread out. And it turned out really tasty and crisp just like the nan katai I made, except that this one is gluten free.

Perfect for your kids snack box too.

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Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven at 190 deg C. Mean while, powder sugar with cardamom and salt.
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2. In a mixing bowl, mix pearl millet flour, above powdered sugar mixture and baking powder well.

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3. Add ¼ cup ghee little by little as you keep mixing in a rubbing way. You may need more ghee, so keep it handy.

It may take 1 or 2 tablespoon of ghee more. You need a dough that is stiff as well as without cracks. No water or milk needed, just make dough with ghee.

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4. Divide into 10 equal sized balls, flatten slightly. Arrange in a tray lined with butter paper and dust it with flour.

Flatten the divided balls to cookies, no need to flatten lot, just a little. Bake at 190 deg C for 14- 15 minutes. Once done, cool over wire rack.

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Once cooled down completely, store in airtight container and enjoy! It just melts in mouth.

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Millet cookies recipe

Millet cookies recipe - Pearl millet known as bajra in Hindi and Kambu in tamil, made to cookies with bajra flour. A gluten free cookies with simple ingredients like ghee (clarified butter), sugar and cardamom.

Course Snack

Cuisine Indian

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes minutes

Author Raks Anand

Servings 10 cookies

Cup measurements

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pearl millet flour Bajra/ kambu
  • ¼ cup Ghee plus as needed
  • ¼ cup sugar heaped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking powder

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven at 190 deg C. Mean while, powder sugar with cardamom and salt.

  • In a mixing bowl, mix pearl millet flour, above powdered sugar mixture and baking powder well.

  • Add ¼ cup ghee little by little as you keep mixing in a rubbing way.

  • You may need more ghee, so keep it handy. It may take 1 or 2 tablespoon of ghee more. Dough should be stiff as well as without cracks. No water or milk needed, just make dough with ghee.

  • Divide into 10 equal sized balls, flatten slightly.

  • Arrange in a tray lined with butter paper and dust it with flour.Flatten the divided balls to cookies, no need to flatten lot, just a little.

  • Bake at 190 deg C for 14- 15 minutes. Once done, cool over wire rack.

Notes

  • I used un refined sugar. You can use white sugar too.
  • Do not add ghee more than needed.
  • Note that baking powder is different from baking soda.
  • If the dough cant be rolled or flattened without cracks, it needs little more of ghee.
  • You can sprinkle some pistachios as I have did in my nan khatai.

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Comments

  1. Asha

    Excellent.... Looks yummy.... Thanks.
    Can we use raagi flour instead of bajra?

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  2. Asha

    I tried with Raagi flour....and came out very well..thanks once again.

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    • Gomathi

      Hi raks superb reciepe we can use jowar flour if so same recipe knw

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      • Raks Anand

        Yes you can 🙂 Thank you!

        Reply

  3. Nishaa V

    Mouth watering cookies!

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  4. Raks anand

    Oh wow, awesome, thank you for your prompt feedback 🙂

    Reply

  5. Raks anand

    Oopsi, yes, updated, thanks 🙂

    Reply

  6. Deepu Nanda

    Is it brownSugar as bit confused with the color of the sugar?

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  7. Rifaya Khan

    Can I replace ghee with oil..Or is it a no go...

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  8. ramya murali

    Today I tried this, came out well and we all enjoyed, thank you for sharing this.

    Reply

  9. Raks anand

    Thanks a lot for the feedback!

    Reply

  10. Unknown

    tried and tested.. it's awesome..Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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  11. Raks anand

    Thanks a lot for the feedback

    Reply

  12. jaya ashok

    Made this with ragi and kambu came out well.... Tq

    Reply

  13. Unknown

    can i try the same recipe with butter and ragi flour ?

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  14. Anusuya Thirumalai Eachambadi

    Can we use naattu sakarai or jaggery instead of regular sugar? How about honey too?

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  15. Raks anand

    Yes I guess.

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  16. Raks anand

    Yes you can try other sweeteners, but honey I am not sure how the texture would be

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  17. Nathara nandu

    Hi raks, i planned to provide this cookie as teething biscuit for my LO so is there any alternatives for ghee? If not ghee is compulsary? (My doc advised not to give diary products until he yurn 1 year)

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  18. பிரேமாவின் செல்வி

    What if I don't have baking powder?

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    • Sabiha

      Millet cookies recipe, bajra cookies - Raks Kitchen (13)
      This is the best ever bajra recipe I have come across. Ingredients are same as bajra roti except for the addition of sugar and a little salt. I was losing hope about my family refusing to eat Bajra rotis but this is a great and easy alternative. Very delicious! Thank you

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  19. Raks anand

    You can use any cooking oil (neutral smelling)

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  20. Raks anand

    it will turn hard I guess.

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  21. Nathara nandu

    Thank you for quick reply raks.... Will try soon....

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  22. Sathya

    What is the shelf life of these cookies

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  23. Unknown

    What is the shelf life of these cookies?

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  24. Unknown

    can soya flour add with bajra flour?

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  25. Unknown

    can soya flour add with bajra flour?

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  26. Unknown

    My Bajra flour is greenish, your is different, do i need to use a diff kind of bajra flour?

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  27. Abhilasha Soni

    Are you sure there is no need of milk and water bcz whenever i tried any cookies without milk or water in cookies i found cookies are little dry in taste and also when we touch the cookies i found flour to finger.

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  28. Raks Kitchen

    Yes, I have not used water or milk

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  29. Divya

    I baked these cookies and they were good. Just wondering what will happen if milk is used while kneading it. Just calorie conscious because of ghee. Do you think the cookies will become less crisp???
    Let me know your thoughts.

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    • Raks Anand

      Sure you can reduce it a little, use milk for binding, there will be texture change, but worth a try. Also I want to tell you the whole recipe uses 1/4 cup ghee, you will eat may be one cookie a day, it is not too much of ghee for one day's consume unless otherwise you are macro counting the calories, after all it is good fat, ghee being super food too 🙂

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  30. Aesha

    Thanks for millet recipe. Can i substitute jaggery with sugar?

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    • Raks Anand

      Yes, sure

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  31. Sheetal

    Hello..You've mentioned 1 cup flour...Does that mean 1 big measuring cup, as in 250 ml version?

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    • Raks Anand

      Yes

      Reply

  32. Divya

    What is the shelf life of this cookie?

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    • Raks Anand

      5 days to one week

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  33. VA

    Loved them!! Going to make a double batch next time. The only issue I faced was I had to use way more ghee than the recipe suggested. Any idea why that may happen? Can I use some other substitute next time? Also, will this recipe work with all millet flours?

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    • Raks Anand

      Hi, Thank you for your feedback 🙂 Did you use ghee in melted form or was it crystalized? As I have mentioned it may take two more tablespoons of ghee. Probably humidity or flour's nature plays a role. You can try adding milk in case you want to avoid adding more ghee. Adding coconut oil is also a good idea. And yes, you can replace Bajra with any millet flour, but have to experiment the ghee quantity as it takes. Hope this helped you a bit.

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  34. Ranjani

    Can we add cocoa powder to this? If so, how much will be the quatity? Can u pls confirm?

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    • Raks Anand

      I have not tried adding cocoa powder in this recipe before. I am guessing 2 tbsp cocoa powder should work.

      Reply

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