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.
health benefits of bajra / pearl millet

Organic Bajra / Pearl Millet

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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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146 Responses to Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

  1. Asma Rehan says:

    Hello.I want to reduce want to reduce my weight is 67.8 and my height is 5 3″.I am thinking of eating Bahrain roti..plz suggest me any good diet plan for weight loss.

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  2. Shekar says:

    I am 80 yearl old and I have IBs. Most of the time frequent motions. Also I am diabetic with arthritis and enlarge prostate. I love eating bajra, madua, chana and Jow ki rotis in my regular diet. Does anyone of these have a tendency for diarrhoea.

  3. murali says:

    hi madam,my mother is a it preferable to take bajra and jovar as food for him.plz suggest me

  4. kalpana says:

    Hi Neha,I have a 1 year old baby. Can I give all varieties of Millets as a porridge everyday.I heard Millet is cold.After giving porridge for a week daily my baby got I stopped.These varieties:
    Pearl millet (Bajra, Bajri, Sajje)
    Foxtail millet (Thinai, Korralu)
    Proso millet (common millet, broom corn millet, hog millet, white millet)
    Maize (Makka Cholam)
    Sorghum (Cholam, Jonna, Jowar)Can i give daily.Any side effects.can i mix all these or give seperately.please advise.

  5. Anil says:

    Hi, can we eat pearl millet with moong dal (khichdi) once in a week in summer night as a dinner

  6. Zunaira says:

    Hey mis neha i want to know is bajra roti carbs free and can i have it for fast weight loss

    • Lata Porecha says:

      Hello Neha,
      i am 66 years old.
      i drink Masala tea in the morning.
      what can i put instead of sugar?
      without sugar, tea is not tea.
      i have been using sweeter which is junk.
      pl. advice

  7. Rashmi says:

    I am HypoThyroid and my TSm is on a border line.Am i eligible to Eat Bajara in my regular food.

  8. sheeba says:

    I am eating 5 spoons of bajra daily
    Is it good or bad?
    Place help me mam

  9. s.ravi kumar says:

    iam having bp of 143/91 as on today and iam 56 male now is ti good to take bajra in daily food, what is the combination for wheat flour+bajra

  10. Ali Jafar Naqvi says:

    Dear Mam, does makai has Hot Taaseer? Can I eat makai three times a day?

    • Neha Kava says:

      yes you can eat. It is safe.. On long run just remember anything in excess is not good.. So eat everything in moderation

  11. Meenakshi says:

    Hello Neha mam
    Is it good to eat bajra with milk?

  12. Krishna Gayatri says:

    Dear mam

    My husband height is 5 7 his weight 76. Could u pls suggest how many times in a week he can consume to reduce weight.can v take ad khichdi wid moongdal in d night.
    Any auggestions on tummy reduction for him would be really helpful.


  13. Raji says:

    Madam, My age is 42 years and BMI is 44. I am planning to consume pearl millets for weight loss. As you mentioned these will release uric acid,I had gout problem earlier. So Please suggest me moderate intake quantity of these millets daily.

  14. Nehal says:

    Hello mam
    I am one month pregnant and I love to have bajra roti in breakfast,but as heard it is warm food should I consume it or not

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Nehal,
      You can eat it. Add some rice flour and wheat flour to it. so may be 50% bajra, 25% rice flour and 25% wheat flour

  15. Lakshmi Pankaj says:

    Dear ma’am
    I’m 32 year old women…I’m suffering from hypothyroidism for the last 4 years now..I live in UAE I’m a vegetarian by birth and have issues with my weight I’m currently 82 kgs…can you please suggest a good proper diet can I have bajra roti than the normal wheat roti.. please advice.

  16. Nagmani says:

    I am 35 years old recently i done blood test there are some data vitamin d 14.8 ,vitamin b12:201 and total cholestrol:218.
    for this bajara is good?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Nagmani,
      Bajra is healthy food. But here it will not serve the purpose. You can write us on with your entire days diet routine.

    • Priya says:

      Hi nagmani,

      To increase vitamin d sun light is the best source tat is early mrng and late eve sun. Also free range country egg, mushroom and milk products contains vit D which is lesser than sun light. And meat contains B12. Raji contains calcium, goat liver contains iron,

      Avoid white rice, avoid sugar products, Avoid coffee and tea
      take matta rice or brown rice, ragi, kambu, cholam, thinai, saamai, kuthiraivali(all millets) al lentils, beans seed, greeny leaf and veg’s.

  17. M L Narayana says:

    I am at 40 yrs, i do rotating shift duties which causes irregularities in sleeping patterns and food. Recently i started eating bajra regularly.. I feel that constipation increased. I am experiencing frequent bloating since 2 yrs. My gall bladder is removed due to gall stones.Can you suggest anything to be included or excluded from my diet. I normally eat rice.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Narayan,
      Bajra should not be reason for constipation as Bajra has ore fiber than wheat. Make sure you drink enough water through out the day..
      If you want a detailed diet consultation then you can write to us at We give online consultation

  18. Ankita says:

    I get a faint stomach ache and acidity for a day or two when ever I consume bajra.Ibs it because of the heat ? Am I allergic to this grain ?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Ankita,,
      There is possibility of being allergic to it.


      • Namarta says:

        Hi Neha,

        I am really low in Iron and Ferritin but planing to conceive. I am vegetarian also. could you please recommend healthy ways of Increasing iron in the body.

        Thank you

        • Neha Kava says:

          Hello Namarata,

          Start eating dates, anjir, halim , watermelon, muskmelon, egg, apple, beet, tomato to increase your iron.
          But if levels are too low i would advise you to take iron supplement from your physician

        • Noor Mohammed Syed says:

          Sister consume more and more Pearl Millet (Baajra).Baajra contents more and more iron.

  19. uttam says:



    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Uttam,
      You can add bajra to your daily diet.. If you think it will give you heat add buttermilk to the meal.

  20. uttam says:

    i like eating bajri chapati with Ghee, but cannot eat as its ( Tasir is hot) so is it advisable for people suffering from piles, so just wanted your suggestions weather it is advisable or not

  21. FJ says:

    I have recently started taking 1 Bajra chapati daily (7 days a week) in the morning with my regular cup of tea.
    Is it too much?
    I am 58 years old and generally in good health with Type 2 diabetes for which I take medication.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Feroz,
      You can definitely eat that.. Continue it life long… DInner would be better place to eat Bajra roti instead of having Wheat roti for dinner.


  22. Ram says:

    Hi, Bajra, Jowar, Ragi and other millets have High glycemic index.. higher than rice. How are they good for diabetics?

    Is it because the Glycemic load is low?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Ram,
      Glycemic index of these millets are lower then rice because of high content of fiber in them..


  23. Smitha says:

    Hallo neha
    My husband has copper deposition in liver , is there a problem if we use this ?

  24. sriramya says:

    Hi my husband have kidney hydrolysis problem. Can we take pearl millet? Is any problem in this

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Sriramya,
      Once a week wont be a problem.


      • Madhu says:

        hi neha mam,
        I am a 35 year lady having back pain,knee pain n little body pain. I am working professional.
        Can I take bajra daily as porridge n roti?
        I don’t have any other health
        I have read that bajra strengthens bones. Please advice.

  25. shruti says:

    Hi this article is very informative. i want to include bajra in my diet but my mother told me its a warm food. Please tell me how and portions in which i can incorporate bajra into my diet.Oh yes can you please prepare an article about warm and cold food items.
    Please. thank you

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Shruthi,
      You can eat bajra 2-3 times in a week. If you believe in hot food and cold food than you can add a bowl of curd or buttermilk when you eat bajra.


  26. sharavan says:

    can bajra and jowar be eaten as sprouts

  27. Sreema says:

    Dear maam,plz advice the remedy for severe constipation & piles safolla oats is advicable?plz advice the diet for controlling piles & constipation

    • Neha Kava says:

      Dear sreema,
      You can have oats as it is high in fiber. also add other sources of fiber like fruits, veggies, salads, curds to your meals.. Drink minimum 3-3.5liters of water each day.. Try to eat curds with all meals..


  28. Sukanti rakesh jha says:

    Neha maam,i had cs delivery before 1month & now i m facing severe constipation & piles bleeding problem.nw i m taking safolla oats,carrot,papaya,cucumberin my after eating safolla oats i m facing acidity problem.kindly advice me.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Sukanti,

      Oats do not take empty stomach. You can try quacker oats. Avoid taking ready to make oats packets.. Try to stick more to home made food items only. along iwth fiber also drink 3-3.5 liters water in a day. Take curds along both the meals.
      If you want diet chart for the same problem you can mail us on

  29. Vandana says:

    Hello ,this article is very informative.I am suffering from multiple fissures from past 6 years and aggravated in last one year.Can I consume pearl millet but I heard its heat for body. So my question is can I consume it and how many days a week.i am also consuming other Millets which is helping me ………but I want to get healed from fissures….please help If possible give a detailed information……

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Vandana,
      Use Bajra along with the rest of the flours. so mixture of jowar, bajra, nachni, rice would be good..

  30. Hema says:

    Hi Neha,

    My baby is 8 months old. can I add bajra porridge in his diet?


  31. Janki says:

    Hello Nehamam
    I am 31 yrs old lady.I have 65 weight after’s too much..I am doing exercise regularly but little difference found.what types of diating I should do?

  32. Amarbir Kaur says:

    hi mam ,
    my name is amar.I want to reduce my weight recently i put 67 kg .my height is 5 feet 4inch so which food items i can add to reduce weight with simple way.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Amarbir,

      Kindly mail your entire days meal patterns of so that we are able to help you in a right way.


      • Krishnadas MV says:

        Hello good morning Ms. Neha,
        I am Krishnadas, 49 yr old man from Aluva, Kerala. I am diabetic patient. Measurement is before food : 140, after food : 240.

        I am daily 8 kms walking. But some days i can’t walking.

        I am not feed Bajra ie; here is not available.

        can u help me for reduce my diabetic prob.


      • Priya says:

        Avoid white rice, avoid sugar products, avoid coffee and tea, avoid maida
        take matta rice or brown rice, ragi, kambu, cholam, thinai, saamai, kuthiraivali(all millets) al lentils, beans seed, greeny leaf and veg’s.

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