What is Sorghum-Jowar – Jonnalu – Cholam -jwaarie- jola ?

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 What is Sorghum-Jowar – Jonnalu – Cholam -jwaarie- jola ?


Sorghum (called the great millet) is a very important food and fodder crop. It is very resilient to dry harsh weathers. high-energy, drought tolerant crop that is environmentally friendly..It is a very ancient grain. There are records of Sorghum being used Africa dated back to 8000 B.C. With its origins in Africa, Sorghum made its way to India, China and Australia.

 

It grows in Karif and Rabi seasons making it available in abundance in all seasons. Maharashtra being the highest cultivator of Jowar in India, It is not surprising to see many foods of Maharashtra using Jowar as it staple. Bhakri , Dhapate, shengole, muthia are some of the foods made from Jowar from that region. Karnataka being the second highest producer of Jowar/ Jola Jolad roti.

 

I believe Industrialisation and the availability of everything every where all through the year has taken away something very precious from man kind. The produce of the season, the local market products, being native, eating food with the shortest food mile, environmental impacts that are caused due to shipping and long storage of foods in freezers to increase its longevity and so on. So here is my attempt to revisit and bring back the beauty of the long forgotten or less cooked foods due to our fast based life.

Types of Jowar – Cholam-Sorghum

There are around 30 varieties of Sorghum, each of them grown and used for different purposes like production of ethonol, or adhesives etc and only one of which is used for human consumption. They come in red, orange, white, black, bronze and cream. The cream coloured once are used for human consumption in various forms.

Did you know ?

Sorghum can be used to make environmentally-friendly packing peanuts, fencing materials, floral arrangements, brooms and more!

Forms of Jowar – Cholam – Sorgham

Sorghum is not an easy grain to cook. It involves overnight soaking to cook it in full as a grain r grind it to paste to make a dosa. A easier variant of the Jowar is the Jowar daliya also known as broken Sorghum or Broken Jowar is semi cooked and broken and dried cutting the cooking time to 1/10th of the total time.

Jowar flour is the most used variant of the millet. It is used to make porridge, roti, chakli, muthya and many more delicious dishes.

How does jowar taste ?

It is bitter as a full grain. It becomes chewy and mildly sweet when cooked. The flour has a very earthy rustic flavour and we need a whole lot of spices and flavours to balance it.

How To Cook Sorghum ?

I soak all my millets overnight before cooking. The reason to do so is start the germination process which helps to free up the sugars and nutrients in the grain. Another school of thought is to rinse the grain and cook it in hot water. If a soaked grain takes 20 minutes to cook, a just rinsed grain might take upto an hour or more to get a similar result.

The soaked sprouted millet can be used to make a porridge or a naturally leavened bread becasue of the ready to ferment stage of the grain.

Health benefits of Sorghum?

I soak all my millets overnight before cooking. The reason to do so is start the germination process whihc helps to free up the sugars and nutrients in the grain. Another school of thought is to rinse the grain and cook it in hot water. If a soaked grain takes 20 minutes to cook, a just rinsed grain might take upto an hour or more to get a similar result.

The soaked sprouted millet can be used to make a porridge or a naturally leavened bread becasue of the ready to ferment stage of the grain.

10 interesting ideas using Sorghum – Jowar .

  1. Sorghum popcorn

https://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/popped-sorghum-0

Unlike corn, sorghum is hull free, so it pops smaller, fluffier, and with more absorbable nutrition than regular popcorn.

2. Sorghum salad

3. Jowar roti

4.Jowar idli

5.Jowar methi ball

6.Jowar

7.Sorghum porridge

8. Jowar upma

9.Jowar crackers

10. Jowar kitchidi

11. Sorgham Granola

12 Jowar cake

 

Where to buy Sorghum – Jowar – Jola ?

Sorgham is as healthy for the planet as it is to you. So increase the demand for sorghum by making it a part of your daily meal.

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