Jowar also known as Sorghum was supposed to be a poor man's food a few years back. Now it is slowly getting into the kitchens of health conscious urbanites as well. This is certainly a very healthy trend, Don't you think? Traditionally, Jowar Roti is widely known and liked. But when I saw this post about Jowar-Vegetable Stew, I knew I had to taste it before judging. And trust me, it is worth the time and energy spent in making this! It is a very comforting stew, perfect for a cold evening! Added to the fact that these cute grains are loaded with nutrients, might give you a nudge to try making it. Any takers, yet? 

Jowar is a very good source of Potassium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Iron and also Protein.  It keeps bones and teeth healthy giving energy to the body. It also maintains the health of heart, controls diabetes, arthritis and weight of the body. It is also gluten-free.

I have made very little changes to the original recipe.

Jowar-Vegetable Stew
Ingredients - 

Jowar (whole) 1/2 cup
Onion chopped 1/4 cup
Tomato chopped 1/2 cup
Vegetables (Carrots, Beans, Celery, Red Bell Peppers) 3-4 cups (Any other veggies of your choice)
Ginger grated 1 tsp
Garlic finely chopped 1 clove
Salt as per taste
Chilli powder 1/4 tsp (or as per taste)
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Sugar 2 tsp (Optional)
* Seasoning (Ghee 1 tsp, Cumin seeds/Jeera 1/2 tsp, Hing 1/4 tsp)
Garnish with Coriander leaves

* Seasoning is optional. Or ghee can be substituted with oil to make it vegan.


Method Of Preparation - 

Pressure cook Jowar with about 3 cups of water. I had to boil it for almost 6-7 whistles in my cooker. Maybe the cooking time would reduce if they are soaked for 8-10 hrs. Gotto try that too.

In a sauce pan, add ghee and the rest of the seasoning. After the cumin seeds brown a little saute the onions until they are translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and saute them too. 

Add the chopped tomatoes and the rest of the vegetables along with approximately 3 cups of water and cover. Let the vegetables cook for about 10 min.

Transfer the boiled jowar into the cooking vegetables and add salt, mirchi powder, tumeric and sugar.

Let it simmer on a low heat for about 10-15 min so the flavors get mixed well.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve. (I liked it with a dollop of curd! )

The result is a lip smacking and filling stew.

Jowar-Vegetable Stew

Sending this comforting stew to Umm Mymoonah's 'Anyone Can Cook' and also to 'Winter Warmers' happening at The Veggie Hut.

Preparation Time - Jowar cooking time - 40 min, stew cooking time 30 min 
Serves 4 generous helpings


  1. aipi Says:
  2. Hearty, healthy n filling, good one!

    US Masala

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Wat a healthy,yummy and delicious stew..

  5. looks healthy and delicious dear :)

  6. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  7. Very healthy stew with the goodness of wholegrain and all veggies. Thank you for linking this delicious stew with Any One Can Cook :)

  8. Archana Says:
  9. Delicious.I am new here and enjoyed your posts and pics.

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