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Bhaidku (Spicy Porridge)

Bhaidku is the Gujarati word for spicy porridge. It can be made with a variety of grains. Bajri bhaidku is a popular dish and so the ready-made flour is often available. Various combinations may be prepared. This one is made using mixed grains. 


For the Flour

  • 2 cups rice
  • ½ cup pearl millet (bajra)
  • ½ cup sorghum (jowar)
  • ½ cup split mung beans (mung dal)
  • ½ cup moth beans (muth/mutki /moth)

For the Bhaidku

  • 1 cup water
  • A few carom (ajwain) seeds
  • Soy or peanut curd buttermilk (quantity according to preference)
  • Unrefined salt to taste
  • Ginger-chilli paste (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, for the garnish


For the Flour

In a dry grinder/mill, grind all the above ingredients into a coarse flour. This flour can be stored for about a month.

For the Bhaidku

Take 3 tablespoons of flour in a pan and dry roast for a few minutes. Add 1 cup water and a few carom seeds to taste. Cook for about 7 minutes. Once cooked, add groundnut or soy buttermilk to obtain the consistency of a porridge. Mix well. Add salt, ginger-chilli paste (if desired), asafoetida, curry leaves, lemon juice and black pepper. Cook for 3 minutes more. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Makes a good breakfast.


Add your choice flavourings – coriander seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, vegetables like carrots, onion, potatoes, peas, etc.

Serves 1


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