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Bajra Cake Recipe With Dates (Eggless, Gluten-Free Cake by Ravneet Bhalla)

 Bajra cake with dates is a delicious Bajra flour recipe for my gluten-intolerant friends. whether you are looking for a millet flour recipe for cake or an eggless Bajra cake, try out this one-bowl cake recipe.

Bajra is a highly nutritous millet; however, there are a lot of anti-nutrients and phytates in pearl millet, which limit the bioavailability of its minerals. Soaking, sprouting, and roasting can help reduce the phytates and anti-nutrients in bajra while improving the bioavailability of iron and magnesium along with other minerals.

Besides, bajra is packed with antioxidants, which makes it a go-to millet for those on a cancer diet. Phenolic compounds are known to play a role in suppressing tumor development. 

Which is better jowar or bajra?

Pearl millet has a larger percentage of germ out of the total kernel than that of sorghum. That means bajra has higher protein and lower starch than jowar.  Research statistics reveal 17.4% germ in pearl millet compared with 9.8% in sorghum. Sucrose is the main sugar in millets. Pearl millet has high fiber, which is primarily insoluble. Besides, research finds that bajra has a better amino acid balance than jowar. In addition to this, it is low in tryptophan, lysine, and other sulfur-containing amino acids.

What do we call Bajra in English? What is Bajra called in English?

Pearl millet. If you seek a healthy cake recipe with dates, then this bajra cake should fit in your gluten-free diet.

What are the benefits of Bajra?

Pearl millet has a low glycemic index and can be used as an alternative for weight control diet. What's more, the low GI and high amylatic activity makes it a good-to-go millet for diabetics. Not only this, research finds that bajra diet lowers the risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes.

Another bajra benefit is for people with allergies. The gluten free grain retains its alkaline properties even after cooking, thus making it ideal for those with wheat or gluten allergies and celiac disease. 

Can Bajra be eaten daily?

Yes, you may enjoy the benefits of millets during winters if you are on a gluten-free diet.

Is Bajra hot or cold for body?

Hot. Pearl millet grows in arid , dry, and hot conditions. It is primarily consumed in winters, but in Rajasthan, it is a staple and people enjoy it all through the year.

How is Bajra good for health?

It is a rich source of proteins and minerals, especially iron and zinc. It has higher calories than sorghum due to high lipid content. Bajra is suitable for those on a gluten-free diet or suffering from celiac disease and constipation.  If you are wondering whether a dates cake with bajra is a reality, then here is the indian cake recipe in airfryer for you. You may try out the healthy dates cake in oven, otg, convection or on stovetop.

Is Bajra better than wheat?

Pearl millet is rich in calories , comprising 361 Kcal/100g. Whole wheat has 346 calories per 100 gram. Rice has 345Kcal/100g. So if you are seeking a low-calorie food, then Bajra does not fit in; rather, corn or maize does, with 125 Kcal/100g. However, bajra has relatively fewer carbohydrates than wheat (67.5 gram/100 gram).  Interestingly, The amylase activity of bajra is 8 to 15 times greater than that of wheat, which means the ingestion of pearl millet releases salvia more than whole wheat that helps in absorption.

Pearl millet has a lower glycemic index than jowar, ragi and mungbean, which means it does not pose a threat of blood sugar spike. 

If you want to treat yourself to a healthy cake with dates, then try out this easy Indian airfryer recipe of eggless bajra cake.

Ingredients of bajra cake no egg (sugarless cake recipe with millets)

1/2 cup- bajra (1 cup= 240ml)

1 tbsp- flaxmeal

2 tbsp- oil/ghee

10-12 dates or less or more (soak overnight)

1/4 cup+ 2 tbsp water for cake batter (or orange juice)

fennel seeds or flavor of choice

1-2 tbsp cocoa powder or more for a chocolate bajra cake recipe with dates.

1/4 tsp- salt

1/8 tsp- baking soda

1/4 tsp- baking powder

How to make a healthy sugarless cake with bajra in India (airfryer recipe)

Soak dates overnight.
Next take keep 1/4 cup of this water and puree dates along with 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and salt.
Add flaxmeal.
Sift bajra atta along with cocoa powder, baking powder and soda.
Preheat the oven, otg, convection to 160 degrees for 10 minutes and airfryer for 5 minutes.
Fold the batter and add 1 tbsp extra water if the bajra cake batter looks too thick. But do not add a lot of water; else, the cake may not bake properly/
Pour into a greased and dusted baking ton.
Bake for 30-50 minutes (depending on your appliance) at 160 degrees. Time varies from one machine to another.
Check with a skewer or knife if the gluten-free dates cake is ready.
Let the vegan bajra cake cool down before slicing the chocolaty beauty.

Is Bajra good for weight loss?

Well, pearl millet is a rich source of dietary fiber and low in starches, which makes it a weight loss-friendly gluten-free flour.

Is bajra and ragi same?

No. Bajra is pearl millet and ragi is finger millet. Both are types of millets and widely varied in their nutritional profile. 

Is Bajra better than wheat? Is Bajra good for health?

Pearl millet is rich in B-vitamins, iron, zinc, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium. When you use sprouted bajra, then you are more lkely to derive maximum benefits from the whole food, that is, germ, kernel, and endosperm. Dried, matured kernels lack vitamin C. Bajra germ comprises B vitamins. It has a high niacin content, which explains why people consuming whole millets do not suffer from pellagra or PP vitamin insufficiency disease, pellagra.

Other healthy gluten-free bajra recipes

Bajra crackers recipe

Bajra laddu recipe with dates (no added sugar)

Finger millet cookies recipe with jaggery

Bajra recipe of cookies (no baking powder/soda)


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