Millets and Lentil Pulao with Dillweed (Millet Khichdi)

What does one do when you decide on cutting carbs to lose weight? Cutting down on carbohydrates is the easiest way to lose weight and begin a bon voyage for healthy living. When we talk about carbs, the first thing that comes into our mind is rice. And cutting back on rice means moving on to healthier alternatives, like brown rice, millets

This pulao is a great way to include millets in your diet.



Millets – 1/2 cup

Yellow mung lentils – 1/2 cup

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida / Hing – a pinch

Bay leaf – 2

Onion – 1 large (finely chopped)

Garlic  – 3-4 cloves (finely chopped)

Carrot – 1 (finely diced)

Dillweed – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp

Green chillies – as per taste

Yogurt – 1 tbsp

Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as per taste


Pick and wash the dillweed.


Wash thoroughly the lentils and millet.


Heat some oil in a pressure cooker. Add the bay leaf. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida (hing).

As soon as the cumin seeds splutter, add the finely chopped onions. When the onions turn pink, add the chopped garlic and saute for a few minutes.


Add in the diced carrots, mix and saute again for a few mins.


Now add the dillweed. Give everything a good mix.


Add the millet and lentils. Mix well and saute for a few seconds.


Now add water. For 1 cup of washed lentils and millet, I used 1.5 cups of water.

Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and pepper. Mix in 1 tbsp of whisked yogurt.


Pressure cook on a high flame until the first whistle and then on a low flame for 4-5 mins.

Once done, switch off the flame and let the pressure release on its own.

The millet khichdi or Millet Lentil Pulao will be ready to serve.



Serve this dillweed millet pulao with yogurt and pickle. Enjoy!!


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