3 Basic Jowar Millet Recipes To Start With

Jowar Millet Recipes

jowar millet recipes

Jowar is considered as one of the best for weight loss and a wholesome alternative for wheat roti or rice. The following basic jowar millet recipes will definitely add t your health. The list of nutrients in jowar includes protein, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, phosphorus, B vitamins, and C. 

Jowar is a complex carb and takes time to get absorbed into the bloodstream and also jowar  helps in controlling appetite, promoting weight loss, boosting energy levels and regulating blood sugar levels. Hence jowar is a good safe food for diabetics and also for those who want to switch their lifestyle and eating habits to a healthier option.

Jowar grains are small and corneous. These are normally desired for porridge type of food. Jowar porridge made with water or milk is the simplest way to use them in our day to day diet. To make jowar powder, dry roast the cleaned jowar seeds till they turn crisp. Cool and blend in a mixer into a smooth powder and use as required.

Jowar Benefits For Skin

  1. The goodness of essential nutrients in jowar includes calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and folate that work well to keep the skin look healthy and glowing. 
  2. Jowar is rich in antioxidants which are responsible for regenerating damaged cells, reduction of inflammation and helps in better skin health.
  3. Jowar is also known for its ability to prevent Melanoma, which is a special type of skin cancer. It is because jowar has a restrictive effect on Melanoma cells which causes Melanoma cancer.
  4. By applying a paste of jowar flour on your face, keeps your skin hydrated. Make a jowar paste by adding 2 teaspoons of jowar flour, 2 teaspoons of curd and a few drops of honey and let it stay for 15 minutes.

3 Basic Jowar Millet Recipes:

1. How To Cook Husked Jowar Rice


  • White/Red Jowar – 1 cup.
  • Rock Salt – 1/2 tsp

Steps to make jowar rice:

  1. Sprinkle a tsp of water on Jowar and then put it in a mixie and run the mixer once or twice in whipper mode. 
  2. Add another tsp of water and pulse again briefly. Transfer to a winnower or a blote and tap gently under the winnower.
  3.  While tapping the husk will separate from the millet, blow away the husk. 
  4. Transfer back to the mixie jar and add a tsp of water and pulse again briefly. Again transfer to the winnower and remove the husk. 
  5. Repeat this until all the husk is removed and the Jowar looks like coarse rava. Rinse the Jowar well. 


  1. In a heavy bottomed cooking pan, take the rinsed Jowar and add 6 cups of water. Bring it a boil. 
  2. Reduce the heat and cook for 40 minutes, stirring the mixture now and then to avoid forming lumps and stir continuously towards the end of the cooking procedure, to avoid sticking to the bottom.
  3. Add salt and give a final stir. The rice will begin to gather to a mass.
  4. Remove from heat. Let it cool. Serve with a spicy veg curry.

2. Jowar Sundal

Jowar Sundal is made of sprouted jowar. These sprouts benefits are many, it contains magnesium, copper, and calcium which helps in making bone and tissues strong. And also, contains iron which helps to increase the red blood cells. All this in turn improves our immunity.

sprouted jowar - jowar sundal


  • Jowar – 200 gms
  • Chopped onions – 4 tbsp 
  • Grated Coconut – 4 tbsp 
  • Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies – 4
  • Ginger – 2″ piece
  • Salt, 
  • Cold Pressed Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Split black gram dal – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida – 1 pinch
  • Turmeric powder-1 pinch
  • Lime – 1 small


  1. Soak Jowar overnight. Next day allow it to sprout. 
  2. Wash and drain the sprouted Jowar and pressure cook till soft, until two whistles. 
  3. Grind green chillies, half of the coriander leaves and ginger into a smooth paste. 
  4. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter add black gram dal and roast until golden in colour. 
  5. Add the ground paste, asafoetida and turmeric powder and saute until you get a pleasant aroma. 
  6. Blend in cooked Jowar and salt, stir and cook till dry, Squeeze in the juice of lime and switch off flame. 
  7. Mix in the chopped onion, grated coconut and the remaining coriander leaves.

You can skip adding coconut to make Jowar sundal without coconut.

3. Crispy Jowar Millet Dosa Recipe

jowar dosa


  • Jowar/White Jowar – 2 cup 
  • Red Rice-half cup 
  • Urad dal half cup
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Cold-Pressed Sesame Oil

Batter preparation:

  1. Wash, soak Jowar and traditional red rice for 8 hours minimum, wash, soak urad dal and fenugreek for one hour. 
  2. Drain, grind soaked urad dal and fenugreek as a smooth batter. 
  3. Drain, grind soaked jowar and red rice as a smooth batter. 
  4. Add both the batter, add salt and mix well; keep this batter for fermentation for 5 to 6 hours. 


Heat a flat pan and grease with oil, spread this batter on the pan, cook both sides like normal dosa. Now White Jowar Dosa is ready.

You can also make instant jowar dosa by following these steps:

instant jowar dosa
  1. Take jowar flour, rice flour, rava in a mixing bowl. Add chopped green chilli, chopped coriander leaves, salt and lemon juice. Mix well.
  2. Now add water little by little to make a thin consistency batter like neer dosa or rava dosa.
  3. Cover and rest it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Heat a flat pan and grease with oil, pour this thin batter on the pan.
  5. Fry it on one side and do not flip it to the other side. Fold and serve hot with chutney.

Or, just use jowar flour and rava to make jowar dosa without rice for a healthier option.

Hope you enjoy making these basic Jowar millet recipes and stay healthy.

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