Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

aBajra is one of the oldest millet used by our ancestors. Along with wheat flour even bajra was included in the regular diet. It is known to have a very high fiber content which makes it healthier. It is used as a regular meal in places like Rajasthan, Gujarat. Now a day’s it is gaining its importance back.

Now Bajra are recommended by many health professionals, Dieticians and Nutritionist because of its various health benefits. It is also not very expensive millet which can reduce its consumption. People are becoming more and more conscious about the fact of bajra having various good effects on the body.

Dieticians and Nutritionist are trying their best to promote this particular millet and increase its consumption by educating its benefits among all groups of people. Awareness among the people helps to create a positive attitude towards this millet. It is also called as pearl millet. It is not expensive like pearl but it’s definitely has pearl like quality which is beneficial to the body. 100 grams of Bajra has the following nutritional values: energy 360 calories, moisture 12g,protein 12g, fat 5g, mineral 2g, fiber 1 g, carbohydrate 67g, Calcium 42mg, phosphorus 242mg, and iron 8mg.

provides us with disease fighting phytochemicals that lower cholesterol, antioxidants, plenty of fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, vitamins-E and B-complex, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. It is a gluten free grain. So it is one of the grains which can be easily included in the diet of a person who is suffering from Gluten Induced Enteropathy or has allergy towards gluten. It is noted for its high iron content also.

Health Benefits of bajra

Bajra Thalipeeth / Bajra Roti


Benefits of Bajra:

  • Bajra has some medicinal properties when bread is eaten with honey in the morning. It is especially effective for bleeding piles, epilepsy, insomnia, impotency, high blood pressure, diabetes and tuberculosis.
  • It is easily digestible and has the lowest probability of causing allergic reactions.
  • Bajra, being gluten free, is a very good food choice for those suffering from celiac disease who cannot tolerate gluten.
  • It is highly effective and recommended for cases of severe constipation and stomach ulcers.
  • The presence of phytic acid and niacin in bajra helps in lowering the cholesterol.
  • Being rich in fiber content, bajra is good for diabetics, keeping the glucose levels normal.
  • This whole grain supports weight loss as the high fiber content leads to a feeling of fullness for a prolonged period of time.
  • It is helpful in maintaining cardiovascular health and in acidity problems.
  • Bajra helps in reducing weight.
  • It controls blood sugar levels and hence good for diabetic.

Excessive eating of these grains causes high uric acid deposits in the system. So people with kidney and rheumatic diseases should use it with care. As mentioned above, Bajra comes with immense health benefits and uses. If you have known the importance of whole grains, then you should make a conscious effort to include Bajra in your diet.

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62 Responses to Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

  1. govind says:

    Dear Neha,

    This article is so much informative about our ancient grains. Not only in the northern states the barjra is also one of the primary food in Tamilnadu too. Thank you so much for this article…i appreciate this..

    Keep up the good work..

  2. lokesh says:

    Hello, this article is quite interesting and I will be replacing wheat from my diet ….let us see how this thing works


  3. Kamlesh says:

    Thank you so much for this article.i have no allergies for wheat. I started this bec my tummy gets blotted.could you pls advise me which other grain is the best ti combine with bajri except wheat to make roti and is useful also.thank you .

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Kamlesh,
      You could be allergic to gluten which is a component in wheat, rye and barley. Avoid these products if you feel you get bloated. You can combine rice flour, Ragi ( nachni ), jowar, Bajri to your Diet.

      Neha Kava

  4. VIJAI ARORA says:


    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Mr. Arora,
      Bajra aka as pearl millet has numerous health benefits. But at the same time it is high in Potassium content which is not suitable in your case. So i would advice you to consume it once in 15days in moderate quantity.


  5. harsh says:

    Hi! i m 31 .. i m looking to loose weight.. can i hv bajra in roti or khichidi twice a week (in the night).. will it all carbs/ fats/ calories and therefore increase my weight…
    also suggest other food which can help me reduce weight….

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Harsh,
      You can definitely add Bajra to your diet. infact it is a better option den Wheat. You can include wheat bran, Oats, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. More of liquids in form of butter milk, Lemon water, soupd etc. No fruit juices have whole fruit instead.


  6. Daravathu says:

    Hello Madam,

    couple of year back i got sever back pain and went hospital,got to know that due to very less water consumption formed a little stone in kidney as they said and asked me to drink more water daily, i did that feel issue as of now.
    normally i take it as breakfast everyday like kichidi. does it good to take it everyday?
    Please suggest.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Daravathu,
      You can definitely include Bajra/ jowar to your daily diet. It will not harm you in anyway.


  7. Daravathu says:

    Hello Madam,

    couple of year back i got sever back pain and went hospital,got to know that due to very less water consumption formed a little stone in kidney as they said and asked me to drink more water daily, i did that feel issue as of now.
    normally i take it Bajra/Jowar as breakfast everyday like kichidi. does it good to take it everyday?
    Please suggest.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Daravathu,
      You can definitely include Barjra/ jowar in your dialy diet. It will not harm you in anyway.


  8. subhash says:

    Namaste Madam, For many years my mind is saying to mix bajra and wheat in floormill. But the question is the ratio of quantity to mix. and is it proper

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Subhash,
      Thats a really good idea. To 100gms or wheat flour you can mix 20gms of Bajra. So 20% of bajra in wheat flour will be good combination and will not alter the taste or appearance of teh flour.


  9. Rajvi says:

    Hello Neha,

    Can a patient of high Triglycerides (value above 500) as well as one who has protein leak in urine, consume bajri flour as part of daily diet ?
    What else can help in reducing TGL value and help in reducing protein leak in urine ?


    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Rajvi,
      I would suggest you to take diet consultation with any Registered dietitian personally with all the current reports. Do not rely on online information from blogs and websites as every individual has different medical issues and problems.


  10. shuji says:

    Hi mam,

    I had fisher for lost 5 yrs and got operated by july 2013. However, i get the same at times. Please advise if i can take bajri on daily basis. Also suggest other foods that will help me to overcome this.

  11. shuji says:

    Hi Neha,

    I had fisher for last 5 yrs and got operated by july 2013. However, i get the same at times. Please advise if i can take bajri on daily basis. Also suggest other foods that will help me to overcome this

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Shujitha,
      You can take Bajra daily just mix rice flour to it as it will help you to ease your pain ( fissure ). You have to take plenty of water and fluids throughout the day. Eats plenty of fruits and salads. Do not let yourself get constipated in any way.


  12. rebello says:

    I get bloated when I eat wheat chappati, so I started eating bajra and jowar chappati, but I read sometimes it is not very healthy for kidneys and rehumatisim. Please advice.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Rebello,
      Since you are not able to digest chapati you might be allergic to gluten. You can happily have jowar and Bajra as far as you do not have any medical problems.

  13. taj says:

    I hv been advised to eat 1/2 overnight soaked bajra daily to increase my haemoglobin levels.i hv lost a lot of weight recently. I hope it doesnt add weight to my weight. For this should I inclde bajra as told or replace bread/ roti/ rice with bajra. Plz advice and also is it really helpful in increasing hb. M 25 female Wt -55 ht-5’4″.

  14. Hello neha Jim’ I am a sugar patient. Madam bajra is good for me or not. Please advice. Yours faith fully bhupender Singh 17 Nov 2014

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Mr. Singh,
      It is very much advisable to include more than one grain in your daily diet. SO if you eat wheat chapatis for your meals including bajra, jowar, nachni would be a great idea.


  15. Hello neha Jim’ I am a sugar patient. Madam bajra is good for me or not. Please advice. Yours faith fully bhupender Singh 17 Nov 2014

  16. Raj says:

    I am advised to go on a Low-Carb diet (40 gms per meal) and being a vegeterian I have very limited choices. How many carbohydrates bajra roti has? I love bajra roti and garlic chutney with it.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Dhiraj,
      Can you please describe in brief that why are you advised low carb diet so that i can give you choices accordingly. And 40gms carb per meal is OK. But how many meals a day you are allowed. And low carb diet is advised by whom?

  17. sudhir says:

    Hi ma’am I am preparing for bodybuilding competition so please tell me may I take bajra roti in night and plz give me a diet plan

  18. many says:

    Can a high bp patient have bazra khichdi. If yes how often,please advice. Thx

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Acharyam.
      A high Bp patient can include khichdi in daily diet without any doubt. One exchange in a day should be great.


  19. H.M. Agarwal says:

    Hello Mm,
    I am a blood sugar patient since last 7-8 years and on medicine as prescribed by doctor. In last week I started eating 2 Bajra chapaties in lunch instead of 2 chapaties of Chana30%+Jau70% mix Aata roti for whole week. But to my surprise, when I tested blood sugar weekly levels, it was petty high from usual weekly levels.I want to know whether there is any restriction in the daily dose of Bajra roti. What intake of Bajra should I include in my lunch? .

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello H.M Agarwal,
      You sugars are varying because you removed chana flour from the chapati. Chana flour is high in protein and it help to balance the sugar.So if you wish to include bajra in your daily diet, you can add chana flour to it. Otherwise Bajra chapati can be accompanied with curds or sprouts or non veg or salads to lower is glycemic index. Bajra is safe for diabetics.


      • vineeta rohra says:

        Hi i m obese my lower part of the body is too big.will eating bajra add to weight gain..and i hve soya flour grinded with wheat flour will weight gain if i hve tis combination..pls suggest me

  20. almas says:

    Hi Neha I am trying to reduce my weight .can I add bajra in my low carb diet plan? What about oats ?

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  22. Veena says:

    Hi Am Veena

    Last 2 week before am take hole Bajra in the morning with dry fruits in empty stom, now my BP level high, it will effect BP,now last 2 days am not useing Bajra. so please advice me,

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Mrs. Veena,
      Fluactuation of BP is not safe. kindly visit your GP and normalize your pressure first. Bajra as such will not drastically disturb your BP levels.

  23. Veena says:

    the same am taking chana, Bajra and dry fruits with Milk
    in the moring

  24. Gowri says:

    My husband is diabetic last 8 years also has protien traces in Urine for a very long time almost 15 years. Since last year we have completely moved to millet on weekdays alternating Bajra and Jowar. Weekend we stick to wheat chapati.
    Since i read Bajra has high Potassium wondering if i am adding more to issues towards protien in urine? Please suggest.
    Many thanks,

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Gowri,
      If potassium is the problem it would be better if you start your husband on rice chapatis. Other millet have comparatively more amount of potassium. You can safely give rice chapatis to your husband as the quantity can be controlled if rice flour is used in the formof chapatis.
      Values if potassium in the following grains (per 100gms) :


  25. Madhu Ashok Daryanani says:

    Can we have besan + bajra+ jowar+ nachni+ onion , green chillies , cilantro leaves, phoodina salt and curd chilla ( omelete) . Is it ok if we mix all grains as it becomes more tasty. We don’ t have much health problems. All grains same quantity. Do reply . Thanks.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Madhu,
      Sorry for laTe reply. You can combine flours. It is a more healthy way to eat grains. Keep it up!


  26. Vikas says:

    Hi Neha,
    Thanks for this brilliantly informative article.
    Im a 35 yr old male with Bmi 30. I’m trying to reduce weight and have started with discarding wheat chapatis and have bajri roti instead. Will it b adverse on my health or can i continue the same. Kindly advise.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Vikas,
      You can continue bajra. Anything in excess is harmful. So try and have flours on rotation.


  27. parth says:

    Hello mam

    Comparing wheat roti,bajra roti,and jowar roti which has less carbohydrates and how much.


    • Kan says:

      Hello Neha,

      I am suffering from calcium deposits in my ankle. Whenever I take food that has calcium in it, it gets deposited. Can you please suggest me to get rid of this problem. Also, can I have bajra roti in my diet daily once? Thanks in advance…..

      • Neha Kava says:

        Hi Kannika,
        You can take Bajra in your daily diet. You have to drink lost of water to dilute calcium in your body. And visit a god orthopaedic for advise.


  28. Dear Neha,
    Thank you for your efforts to share the valuable information. I wonder at the amazing health benefits of these millets. Being a South Indian, I want to promote/advocate the usage of Ragi and Bajra Flours in kolkata region where I live at present. I request you to suggest me some methods to spread awareness regarding Finger Millet and Pearl Millet.
    May I give the reference to your Website in my promotional literature?
    Waiting to hear from you,
    Best Regards,
    Joshua Choppara

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Joshua,
      It’s great that you are taking efforts to spread awareness about these millets. You can definitely give reference to my website. I would also like to contribute to your awareness campaign. 😉

  29. Medha says:

    Hi Neha, would like to know weather wheat roti or jowar + rice roti better to avoid high potassium levels.

  30. bijoy says:

    my father is a CKD4 patient so can bajra roti be given to his daily diet. please let me know.

  31. shyam kankani says:

    Dear Ms. Neha Kava,

    I am having high urci acid levels. It is 8.5 as on date. Will you advice me to have Bajra and Moth (Called Missi )Roti in Rajasthani language? If i eat Wheat/ Maida roti, i have skin eruptions, so i have option left is Bajra and Moth. What about Rice? Can i eat Rice with curd. I am a pure vegeterian. Please advice.


    Shyam Kankani

  32. D.R.Chhalani says:

    I am patient of ckd 5th creatinin 5.2.I advise not to take any pulses , chana , bazara. Can I take advise me

    • Neha Kava says:

      Helle there,

      Rice and it’s flour will be best for you. And you can take jowar, bajra one day befor going for dialysis.


  33. geeta says:

    Hi mam,
    Thanks for ur help full information.
    I wanna ask that my mom is suffering withRHD since 14 years .she is on Rx tab warfarine can she eat bajra roti???

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Geeta,

      Bajra can be part of meal once a week. Check the foods rich in vitamin K and restrict those in her diet.


  34. I am having high urci acid levels. It is 11.5 as now.and Im form tamil nadu.Can u plz tel me. What type of food I should avoid and what all can add in my diet. And how to reduce. Im taking tables for urci acid too.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Vankatesh,

      Uric acid level of 11 is too high. You can avoid taking whole pulses, sugary foods like sweets, chocolates etc. Also restrict maida and its products. If you want a personalise diet chart mail us on


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