Jowar Roti Recipe : Energetic Indian Breakfast!

Jowar roti is a common flat bread made up of sorghum flour or Jowar flour, it is popularly known as “Jowar bhakri”. This is known by different names in various regions of India. In Andhra and Karnataka, it is known as jonna rotte whereas in Maharashtra it is known as jwarichi bhakri. Jowar roti is mostly liked by the people who are in agricultural work. This is because this gives them every to work for the whole day and is also affordable for them. Jowar roti is very filling and one roti is enough to keep us going for the whole day, and thus is one of healthy breakfast which you can serve.

Jowar Roti

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  • Recipe Category: Indian Breads
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description: Follow the Jowar roti recipe to make the healthy breakfast or meal at home in minutes. It does not require much ingredients and netiher time. Try it today!

Jowar Roti Recipe

Ingredients for Jowar Roti Recipe:

  • Jowar flour/ sorghum flour – 3 cups
  • Warm water – 1 cup
  • salt to taste

The Method for Jowar Roti Recipe:


  • Take a bowl and add water to it.
  • Now heat the water until it becomes warm. Keep the bowl aside.
  • Take other broad bowl and add Jowar flour in it. Also, add few pinch of salt to taste.
  • Mix the flour well with the salt to infuse its taste properly.
  • Now add warm water in the flour-salt mixture.
  • Keep pouring water in the mixture. Add the water slowly and carefully.
  • Start kneading the dough by adding the little water until a thick dough is formed.
  • Cover the bowl of dough and keep it aside for some time.

Note: The consistency has to be like wheat flour roti dough.

The amount of water you add in the dough is dependent on the type and quality of the flour used. Avoid adding too much water if it is finely coarse, and if is slightly coarse then you may add to add more water.

You can add more of Jowar flour if you think the dough is sticky and not smooth. The texture should not be of the form of the paste. The entire dough must become one mass.


  • Take a small portion of the dough and make the small ball out of it.
  • Take a rolling board or you can roll on a platform surface also.
  • Dust the area with dry Jowar flour where you will roll the roti.
  • Place the ball on the dusted area and start patting the ball.
  • The roti is patted with the palm and presses to get the circular Jowar roti.
  • Pat the ball and keep pressing until a round roti is made.
  • Now heat a tava or the pan.
  • Place the roti carefully on the non-stick tava by lifting it with your hands slowly.
  • Now apply some water on the above side with the help of fingers.
  • When water evaporates flip the roti carefully.
  • Now cook from another side also.
  • Now flip the roti and cook it from all sides.
  • Roti can become fluffy if you are lucky.
  • Press and cook the roti evenly from all sides.
  • Take the warm roti in the plate.
  • Apply ghee or the butter on the roti.

And delicious Jowar roti is ready! Serve hot and eat.

Note: Sprinkle the really nice amount of dry flour before you start to roll the roti.

If you are unable to roll and flat the small balls, then use the butter paper or ziplock bag. You can use the spatula to lift and the flip the roti to avoid from getting burned. Tongs can be used as well. The black spots on the roti indicate that it is cooked properly.

You can use the spatula to lift and the flip the roti to avoid from getting burned. Tongs can be used as well. The black spots on the roti indicate that it is cooked properly.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 104 calories
  • Total Time: PT25M
  • Serves: 5
  • Date Published:

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The Jowar Roti Recipe is a tricky one to follow but an easy recipe when you have expertise on it. So If you are not able to make this roti perfectly don’t be sad just keep on trying. I am sure one day you will become the master of this art also.

Making a Jowar roti is a very traditional way of making roti. Hope this traditional way does not get unnoticed because it’s not only tasty but healthy too. Traditionally this roti is made by hands. You have to Pat and press in a circular motion with hands to make this roti. This requires lots and lots of practice. It’s a work of mummy and dadi to make this roti. This is because they are expert cooks. If you are from a South Indian family then you might have seen your grandmother making this rotis with hand. Get ready ladies to show your family the traditional side of yours by making this Jowar roti.

Jowar contains less sugar thus it is good for diabetic patients. So Jowar roti not only provides energy for whole day buts it’s also good for diabetic patients. Because of the low sugar levels and high amount of energy provided by this it is suggested for diabetic patients. It is the great antioxidant and an absolute heart friendly bread. Jowar is also a rich source of calcium and protein along with fiber. Thus it’s really good for health. This roti is immensely rich in the minerals such as iron, phosphorous, calcium and potassium. The sorghum flour we are using in this recipe is gluten free. Apart from health, unlike other Roti they do not become hard when cooled, their texture remains soft and chew-able.

The key ingredient for making this roti with some ease is the usage of warm water. Use warm water to knead the dough. When I made this Jowar roti for the first time it was a total failure because I used to knead the dough with normal water. The roti was not rolled properly and got hard while cooking. Then I searched the internet and found that usage of normal water lead to failure. Next time I used warm water and it was better than the last time. After that, the next challenge was to make the roti with my hands. That was the most difficult part. But by practice and constant trial now I am able to make this rotis with ease.


  • Total time of cooking in the Jowar Roti Recipe is 25 minutes.
  • The proportion of ingredients mentioned serves 4 people. You can increase or decrease the gauge of ingredients as per the number of servings.
  • Always use warm water to knead the dough because if normal water is used then the roti will break.
  • Use fresh flour for making the roti if old one is used the dough will not be smooth in consistency and it be of cracked texture.
  • You can use a rolling pin if you cannot pat the roti it requires skill.
  • You can also add some wheat flour initially until you become the master of this art!
  • You must cook this roti with the oil. Always use water while cooking them.
  • Though the Jowar flour lasts for long, it is not advisable to keep the Roti more than a day.


Serve this Jowar roti with any vegetable side dish or any type of chutney. But it would be better if you can the Maharashtrian Curry dishes like Veg Kohlapuri, Usal, and Sprouts Curry etc. with this roti. Garnish it with:

  • Slit Green Chilies
  • Onion Rings
  • Vegetable Salad
  • Coriander Leaves
Quick Tip:
  • Make it a complete meal, serve it with Dal, Jeera Rice, and the tangy pickle.
  • To make it even tastier, pair it with the Lahsun Chutney.
  • You can even spread the Peanut-garlic powder over the Roti.
  • On any type of paratha, you can spread the melted butter and eat alone.

The nutrient quotient of the Jowar was generally ignored but you would always remember its taste, flavors, and healthy values after eating this Jowar Roti. You can also make Makai Roti, Bajra Roti, Plain Roti, Rajgira Roti and much other varieties of Roti at home. You can make each of them whenever you wish to have and the necessary ingredients are available. But all the individual roti have their season wise significance, e.g. there is the abundance of corns in monsoon, so at that time you can make Makai Roti with corn sabzi. Bajra are good for healthy and gives our body the warm, so you can make them in the winter whereas Jowar Roti can be made in summers to keep yourself energized. If you are fasting, then you may prefer to make the Roti from the Rajgira flour.

The another variation to the Indian bread is the different type of parathas such as Onion Paratha, Cheese Paratha, Peas Paratha, Lachedar Paratha, Aloo Paratha, Corn Paratha, Pudina Paratha, and much more.

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