05 January, 2012

Sweet & Savoury Seasoned Jowar – A Guest Post by Pavithra @ Dishes from My Kitchen

Seasoned Jowar - Sweet and Savoury

Recently I became acquainted with the multi talented Pavithra of Dishes from My Kitchen on social networking site. I was overjoyed when she readily agreed to guest post for the readers of Monsoon Spice in spite of her busy schedule. Her blog is a virtual treat where she dishes out modern Indian cooking using traditional recipes and techniques but giving it her own unique twist. Just like the beautiful lady here, her blog is gorgeous with one of the kind recipe repertoire and stunning food photography that will make you run to the kitchen to create the same magic! From scrumptious sweets to daring bakes, from traditional cooking to modern twists, her blog has wonderful collection of recipes to please every one of you. A heartfelt thank you to Pavithra for gracing my virtual kitchen and sharing her childhood favourite recipes with us all! Please follow her on Facebook if you don’t want to miss out her wonderful recipes.

Sia, thanks for giving me the opportunity and having me on your blog. Hope everyone knows her for her beautiful picture and lovely write up. Like you all, she is also one of my favourite blogger and I always admire her pictures and the way she writes in each and every post. She is a wonderful blogger and now wonderful friend as well. When she emailed and asked me to do the guest post, I said ok. I thought about one of my childhood favourites. I think I am posting all my childhood favourites for guest post :) I am really honoured to do the guest post for Sia.

Jowar is also known as sorghum (Sorghum vulgare), great millet, kaffir corn, guinea corn. Sorghum or Jowar roti is one of the traditional and well know dish to almost everyone.


This is a excellent gluten free diet and has wonderful health benefits. The recipe which I am posting today is Seasoning the Jowar, which are savoury version and also the sweet version. My mom used to make this during weekends; we enjoy a lot eating them piping hot. This is my family favourite dish from my childhood days which is also Very healthy and tasty. Since loooooong time I wanted to post this, but today I am happy and also got an opportunity to post my childhood favourite dish in Monsoon Spice. Hope you all will love too.

Seasoned Jowar -Savoury Version

Seasoned Jowar - Savoury Version (Savoury version of Jowar seasoned with aromatic spices)
Prep Time: Jowar and Green gram has be soaked for whole night, excluding the soaking time it takes just 10 minutes to prepare.
Cooking Time: 30 mins (including pressure cooking time).
Serves: 4 people
Shelf Life: 1 day, but can be refrigerated for 2 days
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Spice Level: Medium. This is supposed to be little spicy but again depends on your spice level you can make according to your preference.
Recipe source: My Mom
Serving suggestion: I recommend serving them hot. You can have this with rice and rasam

¾ cup Jowar
1 cup Green Gram/Whole Moong Dal
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
Few Curry leaves
¼ tsp Asafoetida
1 tsp Urad Dhal
½ tbsp Ginger Paste
¼ tbsp Green Chilli Paste
1 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

Seasoned Jowar - Savoury Version
  1. Wash and soak both Jowar and green gram in water separately for whole night.
  2. Pressure cook jowar for 4 to 5 whistles. Once whistle sound is release, drain them in the colander.
  3. Cook green gram in boiling water till soft but it should hold its shape. Drain the water.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, season with mustard, urad dhal, asafoetida, curry leaves, ginger and green chilli paste.
  5. Add cooked jowar and green gram, Mix until they are blended well.
  6. Serve piping hot to enjoy the freshness and taste!!!

Seasoned Jowar - Sweet Version (Sweet version of Jowar laced with cardamom)
Prep Time: Jowar has to be soaked whole night. Excluding that preparation time is just 10 minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes (including pressure cooking time).
Serves: 2 people
Shelf Life: 1 day
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Recipe source: My Mom
Serving Suggestion: I recommend having wok to plate immediately to enjoy freshness and taste

¼ cup Jowar
3-4 tbsp Sugar
1/8 tsp Cardamom
5-6 Cashew Nuts, chopped finely
¼ tbsp Ghee
1 tbsp Coconut, shredded

Seasoned Jowar - Sweet Version
Method :
  1. Wash and soak jowar overnight.
  2. Pressure cook jowar for 4 to 5 whistles.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. When it is still hot add the sugar and mix well.
  5. In a small pan heat the ghee, add chopped cashew nuts till light brown in color.
  6. Add the jowar give it a stir, add cardamom and coconut. Mix well.
  7. Switch of the flame immediately and transfer to the serving bowl.
  8. Serve Piping hot!!!

Sweet and Savoury Seasoned Jowar

Pavithra’s Note:
  • In the sweet version, jowar tends to harden little bit when it is cooled. So consume them as soon as you make or microwave it whenever you are ready to eat.


  1. A gorgeous dish! So healthy and enjoyable. The flavors are marvelous too.

    Great guest post!



  2. I love the savory version. My mom makes the savory version but with chana instead of green gram.. During my last India visit, my cousin made jowar & cow peas..

  3. I have never tried Jowar.. What an interesting recipe..

  4. Yummy and healthy recipe, beautiful post.

  5. Such healthy snacks Pavithra!! Amazing clicks!

  6. Have tried the jowar flour,but never knew it could be used in this form as well,both the versions look yum...lovely presentation:)

  7. Yummy. My vote is for the savoury version.

  8. Both versions are absolutely wonderful!
    Delicious guest post!

  9. I have never made this before, looks yumm! Got to get some jowar soon! Would love both the versions!

  10. Never tried this before. bookmarked.! I am hosting my first blog event plus giveaway - Valentines Special. Do check it out and be a part of it. Would be great..!

  11. My family is finciky about healthy foods specially with no oil...i tried the savoury version...nd guess wat...they kept asking for more.. :)


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