BM #87 Day 19 -

Welcome to the last week of 'Explore the flavors'. This week I shall post some Whole Grain recipes. Today the star grain is Jowar. The benefits of Jowar are innumerable. I try to incorporate Jowar in our diet in many ways. Recently, I have been able to lay my hands on cracked jowar at a local Indian store. 

I have used Jowar Rava before when I brought a pack of Jowar Rava from India. Here are some recipes where I have used Jowar Rava.
Jonna Rava Pongal
Instant Jowar Rava Idli
Jowar Rava Kesari
Jowar Rava Besi Bele Bath

I have made this vegetable khichdi both in the regular pressure cooker and also in an Instant Pot. So I have mentioned the process for both. When cooking in the regular pressure cooker, I found that presoaking is faster and cracked jowar cooks well.

Ingredients -

Cracked Jowar or Jowar Rava 1/2 cup
Moong Dal 1/2 cup
Assorted Vegetables (Peas, Green Beans, Carrots, Spinach, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Lima Beans) 2 cups
Salt, Pepper, Ginger, Green Chili Paste, Turmeric as needed
Lime/Lemon Juice as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida a pinch, Curry leaves few)

Method Of Preparation -
Pressure Cooker Method - 
Wash the cracked Jowar and soak for a few hours. 

Wash moong dal and set aside.

In a pressure cooker, prepare the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop, add all the vegetables, pepper, ginger, green chili paste, turmeric and the soaked cracked jowar and moong dal.

Sprinkle salt and add about 4 cups of water.

Cook for about 20 minutes or for 4-5 hisses.

Allow the pressure to be released and remove. Squeeze in lemon juice and serve hot with ghee and papad.

Instant Pot Method - 
Wash the cracked Jowar, moong dal and set aside.

Power on the Instant Pot in the 'Saute' mode. Once the display says 'Hot', add oil and the rest of the seasoning.

After the mustard seeds pop, add all the vegetables, pepper, ginger, green chili paste, turmeric and the washed cracked jowar and moong dal.

Sprinkle salt and add about 4 cups of water.

Cover with the lid, set it to 'Porridge' mode. Make sure it is set to the 'sealing' mode. [It displays a time of 20 minutes].

Let it naturally release the pressure. Squeeze lime juice before serving.


Preparation Time 40 minutes
Serves 3-4


  1. Sandhiya Says:
  2. What a healthy khichadi with jowar, sounds delicious. Haven't try khichadi with jowar, will give it a try on some time . Looking forward to your whole grain series !!

  3. Another lovely way to use jowar and this sure is a healthy and yummy kichadi!!

  4. Almost all my Khichadis are made in the similar manner , but I definitely have to try my hands with cracked jowar . The Khichadi looks perfect , just right for our dinner :))

  5. Srividhya Says:
  6. I always use jowar in dosa. This is such a great way to incorporate jowar. Yummy and comforting kichadi there.

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Give me that plate, feel like finishing it rite now. What a healthy and hearty Khichdi Harini.

  9. That is a nice healthy kichdi and it looks awesome. I am yet to find the cracked variety here. I would definitely be making this for my daughter as soon as I find it..

  10. Suma Gandlur Says:
  11. Hearty, healthy and wholesome meal to sum up this dish.

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. This Khichdi looks awesome Harini, you guys have done an excellent job by picking up 4 themes and all alternating that we have ended up reading on whole grains through the month right..very healthy pick!

  14. Mayuri Patel Says:
  15. This khichdi looks really delicious and its so healthy. I will have to look for some jowar to prepare this. Looking forward to your other whole grain recipes.

  16. Pavani Says:
  17. This is such a hearty and nutritious khichdi with jowar rawa. I have to make sure to bring at least 2 packs of this back from India.

  18. Unknown Says:
  19. Wow, such a healthy and delicious Khicidi there harini, a wonderful way to make use of Jowar..

  20. Let me find the cracked jowar to try this delicious khichdi. Sounds healthy and tasty one pot meal.

  21. What a wonderful use of jowar. One more grain that I have not experimented with. The kichadi looks so creamy and perfectly cooked!

  22. preeti garg Says:
  23. Khichdi with Jower is really healthy.. love your variation.

  24. Padmajha Says:
  25. The whole platter looks delicious Harini. I have whole jowar and maybe I should pulse it in a mixie and try this dish. Definitely a healthy one!

  26. That looks and sounds delicious harini! Such a healthy and a filling meal! Love how you guys use the IP and bring up so many quick and healthy dishes!!!

  27. Jower Khichdi is really healthy but can you please tell me it is good for diabetic persons?

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