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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Jowar Flour Idli / Jonna Pindi Idli / Sorghum Flour Idli

Sorghum, a millet is an important cereal crop grown in the world, for ages. This grain which is called jowar in Hindi, jonnalu in Telugu, jola in Kannada and cholam in Tamil is a traditional staple in south and western parts of India. Sorghum is gluten-free, nutritious, rich in protein and iron, making it a great alternative to rice. It is also a complex carbohydrate, meaning it takes longer to digest thus helping manage blood sugar spikes after meals, making it suitable for diabetics.

I have been trying to incorporate millets in our diet as much as possible in the recent years. These idlis which are made with this healthy grain is one such experiment. The standard, traditional version of idlis are made with urad dal / skinned black gram and rice or cream of rice. I have been making idlis replacing a portion of rice with jowar flour to make them healthier. 
I use rice / rice rava and sorghum flours in equal proportions or sometimes slightly more sorghum flour than rice in the recipe. I am guessing that replacing the entire rice with sorghum flour will interfere with the texture of the idlis. I don't have access to sorghum grain, either in whole or cracked form and so I haven't experimented much with the proportions or replaced the rice entirely with sorghum. Maybe using sorghum grain works if rice needs to be completely eliminated. I will update the recipe when I can get hold of some sorghum grain.

Using rice rava / idli rice and sorghum flour in equal proportions will yield soft, fluffy idlis and one would not find these idlis any different from the regular version. They make a healthy, gluten free and guilt free meal for anytime of the day. Serve them warm with chutney and sambhar. Here is a version made with idli rice and sorghum flour and check the recipe to know the consistency of the idli batter.
Ingredients: 
3/4 cup sorghum flour / jowar flour 
3/4 cup cream of rice / idli rava
1/2 cup skinned black gram / urad dal
1 & 3/4 tsp. salt
Water to grind the batter (I used a little more than a cup.)
Directions:
* Rinse black gram / urad dal thoroughly twice with water and soak in water in a container for about 3 hours. Similarly rinse cream of rice / idli rava with water and soak in water in another bowl. 
* Drain the water from both black gram and cream of rice containers. Squeeze out the water from the idli rava as much as possible.
* Add black gram, salt and water (as needed) to a blender and grind finely. (Skip adding salt while grinding if living in a hot climate. Add salt to the fermented batter before making idlis.)
* When the black gram is ground, add cream of rice / idli rava and run the blender for a couple of minutes to blend. Next add the sorghum flour and again run the blender to combine. Add extra water if needed. The final batter should be of thick, pouring consistency.
* Transfer the batter to a container and cover it. Leave it in a warm place to ferment overnight. 
 If living in a cold place, leave the batter container in the oven with the light on. Don't turn on the oven. The batter may take 8 - 10 hours to ferment in a warm place. It may take longer to ferment in cold climate, may be up to 16 - 18 hours.
* Heat water in a idli cooker / pressure cooker / steamer base on medium heat.
* Grease the idli plates and fill the moulds with the batter. Place the idli stand in the steamer and close the lid. Don't use the pressure valve if using pressure cooker.
* On low medium flame, steam for about 20 - 25 minutes or until when the surface of the idlis don't stick when touched with moist fingers. Turn off the stove and let sit for about 10 minutes.
* Run a sharp spoon around the edges of idlis and remove the idlis.
* Serve them warm for breakfast along with coconut chutney and/or sambhar.
This post is an entry for Blogging Marathon #123 under the theme 'A - Z' theme. Check the link to find out what other marathoners are cooking.

5 comments:

Kalyani said...

love idli variations Suma. I made this from Pavani's blog and we loved it. your version of these soft and fluffy jonna Idli is being bookmarked too !

Srivalli said...

We have made it with only Bajra Rava and the idlis were super soft. I wonder why I haven't shared the version of Jowar idli we make..yours look so soft and fantastic Suma..very apt choice!

Harini R said...

Love these idlis. I have made these idlis so many times and each time it is a pleasure to have them.

Radha said...

The idlis look soft and fluffy! This is a very healthy one.

Narmadha said...

Idli looks so soft and spongy. No one can guess it is made with millets. So healthy and nutritious breakfast recipe