Bajra Methi Vada/ Pearl Millet And Fenugreek Leaf Fritters

nutrition facts

Serving Size1 ServingPer Serving%Daily Value*
Calories650Calories from Fat210
Total Fat23.3g36%Saturated Fat3.2g16%
Dietary Fiber19.6g78%Sugars2.5g
Protein23.3gVitamin A13% ·
Vitamin C6%Calcium25% ·

nutrition facts

Serving Size1 Serving
Total Fat23.3g36%
Dietary Fiber19.6g78%
Vitamin C6%
Per Serving%Daily Value*
Calories from Fat210
Saturated Fat3.2g16%
Vitamin A13% ·
Calcium25% ·


  1. Combine both the flours along with the finely chopped fenugreek leaves, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt, green chili and yogurt in a mixing bowl. Bring all the ingredients together by rubbing them between your fingers. This will make them combine and it will begin to get lumpy. Add water little at a time to bring it together, and knead it into a stiff dough. At this stage, be careful not to add too much water at one go, or the dough will be too moist. Set the dough aside and cover it. Let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. In another bowl combine the cumin seeds, sesame seeds and ajwain. Set aside.
  3. Grease and line a baking sheet. Preheat the oven at 170 degree Celsius.
  4. Divide the prepared dough into small marble sized portions. Take each ball and roll it between your palms to make a smooth ball. Then flatten each ball out with your fingers, into a small disc. Ensure that the edges along the circumference are not cracked. Sprinkle a pinch of the seeds mixture over the vada and press them gently with your fingers, to embed them into the vada.
  5. Arrange the vadas on the baking sheet, do it in batches if you have to, the vadas have to be arranged in one single layer with no over lapping. Smear or drizzle a little oil on each vada. Bake till golden and crisp on both the sides.
  6. Serve with a chutney of your choice.

The most widely grown millet, the pearl millet, is known for its culinary uses as well as health benefits. Apart from offering excellent taste, these millets contain essential mineral and nutrients, which provide the body with a variety of advantages.

Pearl Millet has about 378 calories per 100 gm of weight.

Health Benefits of Pearl Millet include:

Millets are a great source of starch – making it a high-energy food. It is also an excellent source of protein and fiber. It is said that the amino acids in the pearl millet are more easily digestible than the ones found in wheat.

Maintains good heart health – Due to essential nutrients such as methionine (an amino acid), B complex vitamins (niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin), folic acid, lecithin, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc, millets are very effective in several roles. Niacin reduces cholesterol while magnesium is essential for maintaining good heart health, as it lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attacks.

Pearl millet is a rich source of phosphorus – which plays an important part in the structure of body cells. Phosphorus, found in pearl millets, is a significant component of several necessary compounds including adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This element is also a crucial component of nucleic acids, which are the building blocks of the genetic code. Phosphorus is a constituent of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures.

Helps prevent gall stones in women – Recent studies have proven that regular consumption of pearl millets help in preventing gallstones in women. They contain insoluble fibers which not only speed up intestinal transit time but also reduce the secretion of bile acids. Pearl millets are known to increase insulin sensitivity and lower the level of triglycerides.

Regular intake of millets provides protection against breast cancer – in pre-menopausal women. Apart from that, it has also shown a considerable reduction in the occurrence of wheezing and asthma in children.

Fights cancers – Millets contain an essential phytonutrient, lignin, which is very beneficial for the human body. With the help of natural flora, lignans get converted to mammalian lignans and they fight against hormone-dependent cancers and reduce the risk of cardiac arrests.

Consumption of pearl millets helps in minimizing the risk of type 2 diabetes – Being a good source of magnesium, millets act as a cofactor in a number of enzymatic reactions.

This recipe is: Very low in cholesterol, Low in sugar, High in dietary fiber and Very high in iron.