Jowar Dhani Chivda

BM #68 Day 3 -

I have been observing this particular jowar product called Jowar dhani on the local Indian store shelves for almost a decade now. I was thinking I should buy it and make vadiyalu and each summer the thought would fizzle out.

About 3-4 months back, I saw an elderly Gujarati lady pick this packet off the shelf at the Indian store. I respectfully asked her as to how they use this popped jowar. She said that they make chivda with it just like we make with Murmure.  

I came to know that this is especially made during spring time just in time for Holi, the festival of colors. She went on about how they used to get them in huge gunny bags and distribute to friends and family. I thanked the lady for the information and tucked the recipe in my memory folder (which happens to be my phone these days :)).

Now this healthy chivda is a regular at home. I found that these are slightly salty and so take care when adding salt to the chivda. In fact I omit salt most of the times.

Jowar Dhani Chivda

Ingredients -

Jowar Dhani / Popped Jowar / Jonna Pelalu 7 cups
Peanuts, roasted about 2 cups
Roasted Gram / Putnalu 1 cup
Roasted Cashews few
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida a pinch, Curry leaves few, Garlic grated (Optional), Salt as needed, Red Chili Powder as needed, Turmeric 1/2 tsp)

Jowar Dhani Chivda

Method Of Preparation -

Dry roast the Jowar dhani on a low flame for about 10 minutes until they become crunchy. Mix in the roasted peanuts, roasted gram and roasted cashews.

In a separate pan, prepare the seasoning. Heat oil and add in the mustard and cumin seeds. After they pop, add in the curry leaves and grated garlic (if using), sprinkle the asafotida, salt, turmeric and red chili powder. 

Remove from heat and immediately pour the seasoning into the jowar dhani mixture.

On low heat, mix the jowar dhani until the seasoning is evenly mixed in.

Let it cool and serve it with tea for a healthy snack.

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Preparation Time 15 minutes
Makes about 9-10 cups


  1. This chivda sounds delicious. But unfortunately we don't get this popped jowar here. Let me try it with the regular corn..

  2. Kalyani Says:
  3. These look v addictive Harini ! And i shud hunt for these popped kernels here ...

    And yeah same pinch on storing recipes in the phone :) mine has more than i cd ever try ! And the list keeps on increasing with each BM :-)))

  4. This must be an addictive snack.

  5. I have never seen puffed jowar.The chiwda looks crunchy and tasty.

  6. Srivalli Says:
  7. Athamma makes this for snacks and it tastes so good..your pictures have turned out so good..

  8. Archana Says:
  9. This chivada I know is addictive. We get this and they make powder out of this popcorn. It's eaten sweet or savoury with buttermilk etc. Tastes yum.

  10. Suma Gandlur Says:
  11. I should remember to grab a bag of this to prepare this chivda. Sounds yummy.

  12. Such a simple and addictive chivda,next time try to grab a bag of popped jowar from store to make this yummy snack..

  13. I have also always wondered what people do with those huge bags of popped jowar. That is definitely a very addictive snack and no wonder people use it so much. Bookmarking to try soon.

  14. Srividhya Says:
  15. I have the traditional chivda coming up.. love this healthy one with jowar.. very nice.

  16. Suja Ram Says:
  17. Oh...thats super yummy Harini. Your pics are too tempting. Valli, where do we get this popped Jowar in Chennai??

  18. Priya Suresh Says:
  19. Wish i get this popped jowar here, chivda looks absolutely fabulous, such a healthy snacks.

  20. Another addition to light n healthy's quite addictive

  21. Yes my Gujju friends make this chivda , infact i have posted it long back , without the recipe in one of my Holi celebration posts .
    Love the way you have served it , looks super cool.

  22. Smruti Ashar Says:
  23. We make this chivda pretty often, it is a Gujarati kind of snack! Never seen any of my friends make it but everyone enjoys it. Loved the way you made it.

  24. this is also made in maharashtra , i loved your presentation

  25. Looks yum, great snack for tea time !

  26. Pavani Says:
  27. I think I saw these jowar pelalu in Indian store. Making chivda with them sounds great. Will buy them next time I go to the store.

  28. Unknown Says:
  29. even I haven't seen this popped jowar in local stores... need to find out where we get it. great snack!!

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