Bajra moong khichda: A bariatric recipe for weight loss

khichdi recipe Bajra Moong Khichda (Image: Sandhya Raghavan)

Bariatric or metabolic surgery is a boon for those who are battling obesity. It is one of the most effective methods to not only improve patients’ self esteem but also reduce obesity-related health risks. It boosts overall quality of life and offers many psychosocial benefits.

The surgery leads to a decrease in total calorie intake and weight loss. However, the months and years that follow the surgery can be very precarious; and if patients are not careful, they can cause weight gain or injury to the stomach.

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To help patients meet their nutritional needs and to stave off weight gain post surgery, bariatric nutritionist Marian Lakdawala and bariatric surgeon Dr Aparna Govil Bhaskar have compiled a cook book titled Vegitarian Bariatric Recipes.

Mariam and Dr Aparna at the book launch.

“After bariatric surgery, the food intake is especially restricted in the first year. In addition, intolerance to foods with strong flavours including meat, egg and fish is high in the beginning. Lack of intake, food intolerance coupled with vegetarianism makes it difficult to meet the protein requirements”, Lakdawala.

This book is the first of its kind in India and it includes recipes for every phase after the surgery to help vegetarian patients by making their post-bariatric surgery journey comfortable, healthier, and enjoyable.

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“Many people feel that bariatric surgery takes away the joy from food, however, there was never a bigger misconception. Infact, people who have bariatric surgery for weight loss can use this opportunity to be even more creative with food.

This cookbook is our endeavour to help patients with bariatric surgery and sprinkle some more joy into their daily diet. Well, not only people who have had bariatric surgery, but anyone who is looking for healthy recipes can benefit from this book,” says Dr Govil Bhaskar.

vegetarian bariatric recipes

Click here to buy the book. 

Here’s a recipe for Bajra and Moong Khichi, which is a high protein, gluten-free dish that meets all your macronutrient needs.


bajra moong khichda

Bajra Moong Khichda

A gluten-free bariatric recipe that is rich in proteins and healthy fats.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1
Calories 210 kcal


  • 1 Pressure cooker


  • 2 tbsp Bajra (pearl millet) whole
  • 2 tbsp Moong (mung beans)
  • 10 g Tomatoes chopped
  • 5 g Coriander leaves chopped
  • 10 g Capsicum chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee
  • 2 g Turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp green chillies chopped


  • Soak bajra and moong dal for half an hour.
  • Grind bajra to a paste.
    Grind bajra to a paste.
  • Heat the ghee in a cooker and add asafoetida, ginger garlic paste and chillies as per taste to it and stir it for a minute.
    Heat the ghee in a cooker and add hing, ginger garlic paste, chilly as per taste to it and stir it for a minute.
  • To this add chopped capsicum, bajra and moong dal and cook for 2 minutes.
    To this add chopped capsicum, bajra and moong dal and roast for 2 minutes.
  • Now add tomatoes and salt to it. To this mixture add 75 ml water and pressure cook it for approximately 15 minutes.
    Now add tomatoes and salt to it.
  • Let it cool down and then serve it in a bowl with kadhi or curd.
    Let it cool down and then serve it in a bowl with kadhi or curd.


This recipe is high in fibre, which helps regulate blood sugar levels post meals. It is also an excellent source of vegetarian protein and is gluten and lactose free. 
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