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 positive 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

You can buy high quality bajra / pearl millet by clicking the link.

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.

When you compare your wheat chapati with bajra, you will feel that eating bajra makes you feel heavy or full in lesser portion. So you are eating less and still have that feeling of satiety and more importantly it is comparatively high in proteins and fibre which does not allow you to feel hungry soon.

Also there is different method to make this Bajra chapatis. You need a seperate and special kitchenware. It is traditionally made in the earthen vessel. But, now non sticks and other pans are also being used for the purpose. you can youtube for learning to roll of these chapatis.

I do replace wheat flour with Bajra for my weight loss & fitness clients as they show good results going off wheat.

If you want any help regarding consumption of bajra in your diet, please put down in comments


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167 thoughts on “Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?”

  1. Hi , I am 67 years old .. have h pilori , IBS, thyroid and gout problem . Suffering from upper stomach pain constantly . Should I shift to millet vs wheat ? What do u recommend for do’s and Sonya .

    • Hello Geeta,

      Your all issues are digestive issues. It is very important to modify your diet which will help you to relieve all these problems.. Just wheat and no wheat not solve this.
      You can write to me at [email protected], describe your daily routine of work and food habits.
      I shall check and get back to you.

  2. Hi Neha

    My mother has high cholestrol and kidney stones problem is it good or bad to take pearl millets. We thought pearl millets are good for cholestrol so we took it but now stone pain started.

  3. D/neha, i m suffering from mild ibd, can i take bajra flour inplace of wheat flour in order to reduce the release of mucus?

  4. 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.

    • We do online consultation.
      Fees per consultation is 399 INR

      Below is the link for payment

      Once you make payment, I will start with the diet consultation



      And based on this, diet will be formulated

      Let me know once you make payment


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    • 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. hi
    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

  8. 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.


        • Shirub, why should it be free? Are you kidding? She is a professional dietician and makes her living with her knowledge and skills which she has spent time and money learning. There is no difference between in-depth online consultation and in-person consultation. You should get rid of this expectation that everything online should be free. The world doesn’t work this way.

          • Thank you so much for supporting. Shirub, general information on internet is free.. But general things will work as general. If you want to work on a specific area for which I have to give you specific attention to help you in accurate way so you get results.
            So that can’t be free.
            So if you are interested, you can still approach me at [email protected]

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    • 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

    • 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.

  13. Hi,
    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.

    • 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 [email protected]. We give online consultation

  14. Hi
    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 ?

      • 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

        • 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

  15. DEAR SIR,


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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

    • 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.


  18. 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?

      • 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.

  19. 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

    • 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.


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

    • 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..


  21. 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.

    • 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 [email protected]

  22. 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……

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

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

      • 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.


      • 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.

  25. Hi There
    I got endometriosis. Can I have soya bajra and black chana mixed roti. In my diet. I have put on 10kg in last two year. Have you got any special diet for endometriosis

  26. Hi

    Is it ok to eat Ragi / bajra / Johar roti at night for dinner? Or is it difficult to digest and should be avoided? I keep a two hour gap between dinner and sleeping. Sometimes it’s one hour.


  27. Hiii Neha,please tell me the fats ratio of bajra, m doing workout regularly & i dont want to increase fats, if i eat bajra in my diet regularly is it good for me or not ? specialty for fat burn.

    • Hello Aniket,

      You can include bajra to your daily diet without any doubt. It is very high in fiber. Fat content id negligible unless you add from top.


  28. Hi my mother’s age is 54 in a test report her blood creatinine is 1mg/dl…but till now her potassium level,uric acid,urea, sugar,pressure and thyroid level also within in a normal limit…her weight is..78kg and height 5Ft6″…but the level of cholesterol 221mg/dl,HDL 51mg/dl,LDL 148mg/dl,VLDL 22mg/dl…is there anything to worried about creatinine level? is jowar and bajra..extract(after deeping in warm water for a night)..can controle her creatinine level? is it can prevent kidney damage? please reply

  29. Hi my mother’s age is 54 in a test report her blood creatinine is 1mg/dl…but till now her potassium level,uric acid,urea, sugar,pressure and thyroid level also within in a normal limit…her weight is..78kg and height 5Ft6″…but the level of cholesterol 221mg/dl,HDL 51mg/dl,LDL 148mg/dl,VLDL 22mg/dl…is there anything to worried about creatinine level? is jowar and bajra..extract(after deeping in warm water for a night)..can controle her creatinine level? is it can prevent kidney damage? please reply

  30. 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.

    • 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 [email protected]


  31. 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???

    • Hello Geeta,

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


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

    • 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. 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

  34. 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

    • 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. 😉

    • 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…..

      • 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.


  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. Hi
    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,

    • 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) :


  38. 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,

    • 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.

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  40. 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? .

    • 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.


      • 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

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


  41. 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

  42. 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.

    • 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?

  43. 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

  44. 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

    • 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.


  45. 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″.

  46. 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.

    • 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.

  47. 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

    • 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.


  48. 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.

  49. 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 ?


    • 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.


  50. 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

    • 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.


  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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….

    • 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.



    • 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.


  55. 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 .

    • 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

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


  57. 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..

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