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Jowar bhakri / Jowar roti

Abhilasha Gupta
10 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Jowar bhakri / Jowar roti RECIPE

Jowar roti or jowar bhakri are flat breads. Made with sorghum flour. These rotis are also called as jolada rotti in karnataka. Sorghum is a helhty millet which is good in minerals like calcium, potassiun, phoshorous and iron. Being rich in antioxidants, its good for the heart too and is friendly. Jowar is also an excellent gluten free flour. Jowar rotis have a nice soft texture and even on cooling do not become hard or chewy. In Maharastra served jowar rotis in a thali with pitla ( a thick but moist gram flour paste spiced dish) and green chilli thecha ( coarse green chilli and garlic chutney). Jowar bhakri can also be served with zunka ( a dry version of pitla). Usually when i make jowar roti, i also make a maharstrian based curry to go with it like batata rassa, vangi rassa, mixed sprouts curry, veg kolhapuri, or usal. I make these millet and gluten free rotis season wise. In summer i make jowar rotis and in Winters i make bajra roti. And when we fast during some days, I make rajgira paratha or kuttu ka paratha.

Recipe Tags

  • Egg-free
  • Easy
  • Dinner Party
  • Maharashtra
  • Roasting
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1 cup jowar flour / sorghum flour
  2. 3/4 cup hot water or as required
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt or 2to 3 pinches of salt


  1. In a bowl or a large plate with rim / parat take 1 cup jowar flour. Add 2 to 3 pinches of salt and mix it with the flour. Then add about 1/2 cup hot water.
  2. With a spoon, mix the water with the jowar flour.
  3. Add remaining 1/4 cup water more and again mix. Over all i added 3/4 cup water. However, the water amount deoends on the type of flour, whether it is fine or slightly coarse. Hence add accordingly.
  4. When the heat is enough to handle, then knead the dough aside, till it comes at room temperature.
  5. Rolling jowar rotis :
  6. Now make small to medium sized balls of the dough.
  7. Sprinkle the good amount of jowar flour on the roling board. Flatten a ball and place it on the flour. Add some more flour on top.
  8. With your palms, lightly press as well as rotate the roti. Add more flour if requaired.
  9. Making jowar roti :
  10. Now with a spetulla gently lift up the roti.
  11. Then place jowar roti on a hot tawa with the floured side facing you. Spread some water all over the roti, on this side with your fingers.
  12. Let the base cook 1/4th and then flip the roti.
  13. Allow this watered side to cook till you see light brown spots.
  14. With a pair of tongs lift the jowar roti, invert and then place it on the fire. The roti or bhakri will begin to puff up.
  15. Invert the cook the other side of the jowar roti on the flame.
  16. Serve these jowar rotis hot or warm with a regional indian veggie dish or a legume dish. If you want you can spread some ghee or white butter on the jowar rotis.

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Hema Mallik
Hema Mallik   Oct-06-2017

I will surely try this.

Dhara joshi
Dhara joshi   Oct-04-2017

Healthy recipe..stap by stap pics looks awesome :ok_hand:

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