Jowar Khichdi

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Jowar Khichdi is a delicious and nutritious combination of jowar (sorghum millet), lentils, and vegetables. Serve it with yogurt, raita, or kadhi for a hearty meal.

If you like this recipe, you might also like Bajra Khichdi, Barley Khichdi, Masala Khichdi, Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi, and Oats Khichdi.

Jowar khichdi served in a bowl.
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When Mohit is not at home, my lunch is mostly khichdi. I like to make a variety of khichdi using different lentils, grains, and veggies.

I had some jowar grains left in the pantry and wanted to finish them. So, I came up with this recipe, which turned out very well.

I used my basic masala khichdi recipe and ground the jowar grains to a coarse powder. Because of the added spice powders and veggies, it tasted like my Bajra Khichdi but with a bang. You must try it too!

About Jowar Khichdi

Jowar Khichdi is a one-pot meal in which coarsely ground jowar grains are cooked with lentils, vegetables, and spices.

It is easy to make, needs basic pantry ingredients, and comes together in under 45 minutes.

You can prepare the jowar khichdi in a traditional stovetop pressure cooker or an instant pot. Choose whichever method best suits you.

Serve it with a dollop of ghee, roasted papad, and yogurt (curd). Add a few wedges of lime.

Ingredients

Jowar (Sorghum) is a very nutritious millet that can be eaten year-round. It can be easily found in Indian grocery stores or online delivery portals like Amazon.

Lentils (Dal) – I have used yellow moong dal along with jowar, but you can also make it with green moong dal or any other dal that you prefer.

Vegetables – I have used green peas, carrots, and tomatoes, but you can add more veggies such as green beans, cauliflower, potatoes, mushrooms, green bell pepper (capsicum), etc.

Ghee – For the best taste, make the khichdi in ghee.

To make the khichdi vegan, replace ghee with oil.

Others – You will also need cumin seeds, bay leaves (tejpatta), cloves (laung), onions, green chilies, ginger, garlic, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, water, and cilantro (fresh coriander leaves).

How To Make Jowar Khichdi

Roast And Grind The Jowar

Press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot.

Once it says HOT, add ½ cup jowar grains to the inner pot and roast for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Roasting jowar grains in an instant pot.

Transfer the roasted jowar grains to a grinder and grind to make a coarse powder.

Roasted jowar grains added to a grinder.
Ground jowar powder.

Make The Khichdi

Add 2 tablespoon ghee to the inner pot.

Add the following ingredients once the ghee is hot, and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 cloves
Cumin seeds, bay leaves and cloves added to hot oil in instant pot.

Add the following ingredients and cook until the onions turn golden brown.

  • ½ cup sliced onions
  • 2 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoon chopped garlic
Onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies added to the pot.

Add the following ingredients and cook for a minute.

  • ¼ cup green peas
  • ¼ cup cubed carrots
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt
Veggies added to the pot.

Add roasted jowar powder, 3 cups water, and ½ cup yellow moong dal (rinsed), and mix well.

Water, jowar powder and added to the pot.

Close the instant pot lid and set the valve to the sealing position.

Instant pot's lid secured.

Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer for 12 minutes.

Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes.

Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid. Mix the khichdi well.

Garnish with 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Ready jowar khichdi garnished with chopped cilantro.

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Jowar Khichdi is a delicious and nutritious combination of jowar (sorghum millet), lentils, and vegetables. Serve it with yogurt, raita, or kadhi for a hearty meal.
5 from 2 votes

Jowar Khichdi Recipe

Jowar Khichdi is a delicious and nutritious combination of jowar (sorghum millet), lentils, and vegetables. Serve it with yogurt, raita, or kadhi for a hearty meal.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup jowar grains
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (use oil for a vegan recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves (tejpatta)
  • 2-3 cloves (laung)
  • ½ cup sliced onions
  • 2 teaspoons chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup green peas
  • ¼ cup cubed carrots
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup yellow moong dal
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)
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Instructions 

Roast And Grind The Jowar

  • Press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot.
  • Once it says HOT, add jowar to the inner pot and roast for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Transfer the roasted jowar grains to a grinder and grind to make a coarse powder.

Make The Khichdi

  • Add ghee to the inner pot.
  • Once the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds, bay leaves, and cloves and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.
  • Add onions, green chilies, ginger, and garlic and cook until onions turn golden brown.
  • Add green peas, carrots, tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt, and cook for a minute.
  • Add roasted jowar powder, water, and yellow moong dal (rinsed) and mix well.
  • Close the instant pot lid and set the valve to the sealing position.
  • Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer for 12 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes.
  • Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid. Mix the khichdi well.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

Notes

I have used yellow moong dal along with jowar, but you can also make it with green moong dal or any other dal that you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 1251mg, Potassium: 448mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1606IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 4mg
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