8 Nutritious Jowar Recipes You Must Try

Jowar is currently popular as one of the top five healthy grains in the world. It is famous for its gluten-free properties and other health benefits. Now, people have started including jowar in their diet because of its amazing health benefits. Here are some health benefits of jowar and fantastic ways to create dishes out of it.


What are the Benefits of Eating Jowar?

  • It improves digestion.
  • It helps fight against free radicals which are responsible for premature ageing.
  • Jowar is good for boosting immunity.
  • It helps improve the health of the heart.
  • It is gluten-free.
  • Jowar is rich in protein.
  • It is good for controlling blood sugar.

Tasty Indian Recipes with Jowar Flour

Check out these delicious recipes that would make you want to try them again and again.

1. Jowar and Vegetable Porridge

The jowar with vegetables makes the dish very nutritious.

Jowar Vegetable Porridge

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  • Powdered jowar -1/2 cup
  • Salt
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Chopped mixed vegetables – 1 cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing)
  • Tomatoes – 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Onions – 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Coriander – 2 tbsp

Total Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

How to Make:

  • Combine the salt and powdered jowar with 3 cups of water. Place it inside a pressure cooker and mix well. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Let the steam escape and then open the lid.
  • Heat some oil in a deep dish or pan. Add a dash of asafoetida and the mustard seeds.
  • When the seeds crackle, put the mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, cauliflower, and green peas) in the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Now add the jowar mixture, salt, and 1 ½ cups of water. Let it simmer for 6 minutes and mix well.
  • Top the dish with some onion, tomato, and coriander. Serve when hot.

2. Jowar Jo Dodo Recipe

This dish is a traditional flatbread flavoured with fenugreek leaves and green chillies.

Jowar Jo Dodo

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  • Jowar flour – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Fenugreek leaves – 1/2 cups
  • Coriander leaves – 1/3 cups
  • Salt
  • Green chilli – 1, chopped
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee

Total Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

How to Make:

  • To make the dough, mix the onion, fenugreek leaves, salt, coriander leaves, and green chilli.
  • Add the jowar flour and cooking oil to this mixture and combine well. Pour sufficient water to stiffen the dough and add oil to smoothen it. Cover this and set aside.
  • On a medium flame, heat the tawa. Grease some parchment paper with oil. Grease your fingers as well.
  • Take a dough-ball and flatten it on the greased sheets. It should be of a medium thickness.
  • Carefully, place this flattened dough on the tawa.
  • Spread some ghee. Cook both sides of the flatbread on a medium flame.
  • Cook it till you get some brown spots on the dough.
  • Serve this when hot.

3. Golpapdi

You can easily store these for a few days, so they are one of the best of jowar sweet recipes.

Jowar Golpapdi

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  • Jowar flour – 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour – 1/4 cup
  • Soy flour – 1/4 cup
  • Ghee – 5 tbsp
  • Jaggery – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Almond silvers – 1 tbsp

Total Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 12 pieces

How to Make:

  • In a pan, heat the ghee. Add the jowar flour, rice flour, and soy flour. Let it cook on a low flame for about 8-10 minutes. Stir the mixture.
  • Remove the pan from the flame and allow it to cool.
  • Add the jaggery to this and mix well.
  • Add the cardamom powder.
  • With ghee, grease the thali. Pour this mixture into the thali and spread it evenly.
  • Keep it aside for 10 minutes after sprinkling the silvers.
  • Cut it into equal pieces of diamond shapes and serve.

4. Jowar Atta Pyaz Thepla

Jowar atta recipes are very easy to make and do not take much time.

Jowar Thepla

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  • Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Jowar flour – 1-1/2 cup
  • Onion – 2, chopped
  • Green chilli – 1, chopped
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 2 tsp
  • Dry mango powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil

Total Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

How to Make:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add some water to make the dough. Set aside for about 10 minutes and then shape them into balls.
  • Dust these balls using wheat flour and roll the dough to make thin circles.
  • On a medium flame, preheat the tawa. Place the circles on the tawa and cook on both sides. Drizzle some ghee and cook till you see brown spots.
  • Serve the theplas when hot.

5. Jowar Onion Puris

The onions and sesame seeds give flavour to this amazing dish.

Jowar Poori

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  • Jowar flour
  • Onions – 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Black sesame seeds – 2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil – 3/4 tsp

Total Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 30 puris

How to Make:

  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Knead the dough using water.
  • Divide this dough into 30 portions of equal sizes.
  • Using ¼ tsp of oil, grease your palms and roll each of them. Use some jowar flour for rolling.
  • Grease a baking tray using ¼ tsp of oil. Place the puris evenly on it and prick them using a fork.
  • Bake them at 180°C in a pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes. Wait for the puris to turn golden and crisp. Turn them once after 10 minutes.
  • Wait for them to cool and store it in an air-tight container. You can keep them for 3-4 days.

6. Jowar Dosa

Jowar dosa recipes are an amazing choice for diabetic people.

Jowar Dosa

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  • Jowar flour – 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal – 1/2 cup
  • Fenugreek – 1 tsp
  • Bajra flour – 1/2 cup
  • Ragi flour – 1/2 cup
  • Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup
  • Salt
  • Oil – 3 tsp

Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 12 dosas

How to Make:

  • Combine the fenugreek seeds and urad dal in a bowl and soak for 2 hours in water.
  • Drain them well and blend in a mixer using around ¾ cup of water.
  • Transfer it into a bowl. Add the jowar flour, bajra flour, ragi flour, salt, whole wheat flour, and 1 ¾ cups of water and mix them well. Cover it and keep them to ferment overnight.
  • Mix well the next day. Heat the tawa and sprinkle some water on it. Wipe it off with a cloth.
  • Pour the batter on it and spread it to make a thin circle.
  • Smear ¼ tsp of oil over the circle and cook on a medium flame. Wait till it turns brown and crisp.
  • Serve immediately.

7. Banana and Jowar Sheera

This is one of the best jowar recipes for babies as it is rich in protein, iron, and carbohydrate.

jowar banana sheera

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  • Mashed banana – 1/4 cup
  • Jowar flour – 1/4 cup
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp, chopped

Total Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Servings: 1

How to Make:

  • Heat some ghee in a pan. Use a medium flame. Add jowar flour and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add ¾ cup of water and jaggery. Mix well and cook for 1 minute on a medium flame. Stir continuously.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the banana and mix well.
  • Serve when it is lukewarm.

8. Thalipeeth

This is a very wonderful snack which is rich in iron, fibre, and folic acid.


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  • Bajra flour – 3 tbsp
  • Jowar flour – 3 tbsp
  • Whole wheat flour – 3 tbsp
  • Besan – 3 tbsp
  • Cabbage – 3/4 cup, shredded
  • Onions – 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Green chillies – 1/2 tsp, chopped
  • Coriander-Cumin seed powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander – 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Salt
  • Oil – 1 ½ tsp

Total cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6

How to Make:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Using enough water, knead into a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into six portions. Keep them aside.
  • Grease the tawa lightly and heat it.
  • Wet your fingers. Place a portion of the dough in the tawa and pat it into a circle.
  • Cook on both sides till it turns golden brown.
  • Serve.


You might have many questions about jowar, and we answer some of them below:

1. Is Jowar Better than Wheat for Weight Loss?

Yes. Jowar is rich in fibre and can help with losing weight since fibre takes more time to digest. This keeps you full for a longer duration. So, you will not crave snacks soon after your meal.

2. Does Jowar Have Carbs?

Yes, Jowar has complex carbohydrates which are beneficial for the body.

3. Can a Diabetic Person Eat Jowar Roti?

Yes. Jowar is highly beneficial for diabetics as it contains complex carbohydrates that take longer to digest, providing fibre and a steady supply of energy and glucose over a longer duration.

4. Is Sorghum the Same as Jowar?

Yes, sorghum is the English name for jowar.

There are so many other ways you can include jowar in your diet. You could also try jowar papad and jowar poha. Jowar plays a significant role in cellular repair and function. It is rich in fibre and is best when made a part of your daily diet. Give our ancient grains a try and explore these wonderful recipes.

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