Easy to make Pearl Millet Cookies With Jaggery & Figs, crispy from outside and soft from inside, are a healthy treat to go with tea or coffee. And the best part is that these do not require any leavening agents, that is neither baking powder nor baking soda.

It’s April 3rd which means the time of alphabet ‘C’. And the most obvious choice from C was of course cookies so here I am with millet cookies.

Making Bajra cookies is way easier than rolling a Bajra chapati! All you need is to have Bajra flour with you, rest everything will be at your place by default, so no special requirement. These are so crunchy and yummy that these will be a regular at your place giving the usual all-purpose cookies a back seat.

Pearl Millet Cookies

 

Pearl Millet Cookies

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I am loving my millet recipes. Each one is coming out too good and is definitely a keeper. I am sure with this pace, wheat and rice usage are going to decline drastically in my pantry. And the best part is that these recipes are appealing to everyone in my family. Hubby, as well as children, are enjoying these and want me to cook more of millets only.

I make Bajra chapati very often in winters but tried Bajra cookies for the first time. Earlier my mom-in-law used to make these chapatis as these are to be shaped with hands without rolling pin. However, now I am able to make good Bajra chapatis as well. Why I am telling you this is that making Bajra chapatis is ticklish but making these cookies is much easier than that.

I made these cookies using jaggery, figs and other nuts. While making regular cookies, we need to take care that the dough doesn’t get kneaded else gluten would be developed which in turn would make cookies chewy. But no such case in millet cookies as the millet flour itself is gluten-free.

When I tried these Bajra cookies, these were really crumbly and crisp as well. I tasted a bit of it and it tasted awesome. As everybody is at home only nowadays, first my husband approved it and then came in my son Siddharth. He too liked these and then clicking pics become so difficult.

How To Make Bajra Cookies

To make these Bajra cookies, I followed the same method as in my whole wheat choco chip cookies but here, instead of butter, I used Ghee and replaced choco chips with figs and other nuts. The addition of figs reduced the quantity of jaggery to a great extent. Nuts added crunchiness and thus came out perfect cookies. I thought of adding dates too but these are not there in my pantry so I couldn’t. If you have then add little dates too.

I tried these cookies both with butter as well as ghee and both came out very well. I tried the first lot in the air fryer only and was very happy. But second time, I used microwave convection for baking these. You can bake these in whichever mode you are comfortable with.

A Little About Pearl Millet Or Bajra

  • Pearl Millet is the most popular as well as widely grown millet in India. India is the largest producer of pearl millet followed by Africa.
  • Its a high energy cereal as is rich in carbohydrates, protein, fat vitamin A and B, calcium and all other minerals.
  • Its name by different names in different regions of our country. What do you call it?
English Pearl Millet
Hindi Bajra
Bengali Bajra
Punjabi Bajra
Tamil Kamboo
Malayalam Kamboo
Kannada Sajjai
Telugu Sajjalu
Gujarati Bajri
Marathi Bajri

Nutrition Profile Of Pearl Millet Per 100 g

Carbohydrate 67.5
Protein 11.6
Fat 5
Energy 361
Fiber 1.2
Mineral 2.3
Calcium 42
Iron 8

Of all the millets, Pearl Millet is rich in iron and ranks second highest after Little millet (it has 9.3 g).

Benefits Of Pearl Millet

  • Aids in weight loss and also prevents gaining weight.
  • Good for sugar patients as it releases glucose slowly.
  • Good for lowering blood pressure as is rich in magnesium.
  • Good for the digestive system by avoiding prevents issues like bloating, gas, belly cramps etc. as it is rich in fiber.
  • Good for preventing celiac disease as is gluten-free.

Pearl Millet Cookies

Detailed Recipe Of Pearl millet/Bajra Cookies With Jaggery With Step By Step Pics

  • Chop figs and nuts to small pieces.
  • In a bowl, take ghee and jaggery powder.

Bajra Cookies

Beat it with a wire whisk for 30 to 40 seconds.

Bajra Cookies

  • Add Pearl millet flour, salt, figs and other nuts. Reserve some nuts for topping.

Bajra Cookies

  • Combine everything together. The dough should be crack-free. If need be, add very little milk. I added just 1 teaspoon milk and it was sufficient.Bajra Cookies
  • Start preheating the oven. I made these in microwave convection at 160 degrees.
  • Form cookies. Take a little dough, roll it between palms and press it lightly. Do not keep the cookies too thick. I got 15 cookies from this much flour.

  • Stick some nuts on it, though optional.
  • Line the baking tray with parchment paper or lightly grease it with oil and place cookies on it.

 

  • Bake the cookies for 20 to 22 minutes till the cookies change colour from the sides. Besides, your house will be filled with the lovely aroma that itself will give you a signal that these are baked.Millet Cookies
  • Take out the tray from the microwave and just keep it as it is for 10 minutes. Cookies will be very hot as well crumbly at this stage. If you try to pick up then they might break. So, let the tray be like this only.
  • After about 10 minutes, lift cookies carefully from the tray, better to use a spatula, and place these on a wire rack or mesh.

Millet Cookies

  • Let them cool completely.
  • Store these in an airtight container.
  • Serve with love, tea optional.

Baking In Air Fryer

  • Preheat the air fryer at 180 degrees C. Preheat it for 5 to 7 minutes. During this time, form cookies.
  • Place all the cookies in the air fryer basket. You can keep close to each other as there is no leavening agent, therefore, they will not spread much.

Millet Cookies In Air Fryer

  • Reduce the temperature to 160 degrees and air-fry the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • No need to flip the cookies in between.
  • When the colour changes and sides get golden brown, they are done. Do not expect them to be hard. These will be soft and crumbly at this stage and will get crisp when cooled completely.
  • Take out the air fryer basket and let the cookies be in it for about 10 minutes.

Millet Cookies In Air Fryer

  • Now carefully using a spatula take the cookies out and place them on a wire mesh/rack.
  • Let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Baking In Conventional Oven (OTG)

  • Preheat it at 180 degrees for 10 minutes with both the rods ON.
  • Do not preheat the baking tray.
  • Line the baking tray with parchment paper and Keep cookies on it.
  • Reduce the temperature to 160 degrees, and keep the baking tray in the middle rack. Use both the rods while baking.
  • Check after 15 minutes and bake further accordingly.
  • When golden brown, carefully lift each with a spatula and keep on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once completely cool, store in an airtight container.
  • Serve with love, tea optional.

Baking In Kadhai

Refer to my Nan Khatai recipe for complete details.

Recipe Card Of Pearl millet Cookies

Pearl Millet Cookies With Jaggery

Easy to make Pearl Millet Cookies With Jaggery & Figs, crispy from outside and soft from inside, are a healthy treat to go with tea or coffee.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 Cookies

Ingredients

My Cup Measures 240 ml

  • 1 Cup Pearl Millet Flour
  • 60 g Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 40 g Jaggery Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Figs, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Nuts, Chopped
  • 1 tsp Milk (As need be)
  • 1/8 tsp Oil (For Greasing Baking Tray)

Instructions

  1. Chop figs and nuts to small pieces.
  2. In a bowl, take ghee and jaggery powder.
  3. Beat it with a wire whisk for 30 to 40 seconds.
  4. Add Pearl millet flour, salt, figs and other nuts. Reserve some nuts for topping.
  5. Combine everything together. The dough should be crack-free. If need be, add very little milk. I added just 1 teaspoon milk and it was sufficient.
  6. Start preheating the oven. I made these in microwave convection at 160 degrees.
  7. Form cookies. Take a little dough, roll it between palms and press it lightly. Do not keep the cookies too thick. I got 15 cookies from this much flour.
  8. Stick some nuts on it, though optional.
  9. Line the baking tray with parchment paper or lightly grease it with oil and place cookies on it.
  10. Bake the cookies for 20 to 22 minutes till the cookies change colour from the sides. Besides, your house will be filled with the lovely aroma that itself will give you a signal that these are baked.
  11. Take out the tray from the microwave and just keep it as it is for 10 minutes. Cookies will be very hot as well crumbly at this stage. If you try to pick up then they might break. So, let the tray be like this only.
  12. After about 10 minutes, lift cookies carefully from the tray, better to use a spatula, and place these on a wire rack or mesh.
  13. Let them cool completely.
  14. Store these in an airtight container.
  15. Serve with love, tea optional.

Baking In Air Fryer

  1. Preheat air fryer at 180 degrees for 5 minutes.

  2. Place the cookies on the air fryer basket and reduce the temperature to 160 degrees.

  3. Air fry for 12 to 15 minutes till cookies change colour and get golden brown.

  4. Take out the air fryer basket and wait for 10 minutes.

  5. Using a spatula take out the cookies on a wire rack or mesh and let these cool completely.

Recipe Notes

  1. Use nuts of your choice. i used almonds, cashews and groundnuts. Groundnuts give very good taste, so I recommend using these for sure, if possible.
  2. You can add dates as well.
  3. Ghee can be replaced with butter and jaggery can be replaced with sugar if need be. If using sugar then grind it to powder form before using.

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