23 IDIYAPPAM WITH SORGHUM FLOUR ( JONNALU / CHOLAM / JOWAR / JOLA)

Milo / Sorghum / Jonnalu/ Jowar/ Cholam / Makai/ Bhutta / Jola / Juar

It is also called milo and low in gluten. Its seeds, somewhat round and smaller than peppercorns, can be ground into flour.


Sorghum is one of the five top cereal crops in the world, along with wheat, oats, corn, and barley. It is used to make foods as couscous, sorghum flour, porridge and molasses. Bhakri (Jolada rotti in Northern Karnataka), a variety of unleavened bread usually made from sorghum, is the staple diet in many parts of India, such as Maharashtra state and northern Karnataka state. In eastern Karnataka and the Rayalaseema area of Andhra pradesh, roti (Jonna rotte) made with sorghum is the staple food.


Having tried idiyappam/ string hoppers with all kinds of grains found this one to be very very tasty and healthy too. Yet to post my ragi(finger millet) idiyappam and kambu(pearl millet) idiyappam. During my stay in India a neighbour got these fresh sorghum/jonna from her native harvested in their field. Later mom powdered them from a mill and then it was our try for many things out of it, which came out good.

Sorghum flour/ Jonna pindi/ Chola maavu - 2 cups
Onion - 2 medium
Green chillies - 4 or 5
Ginger - 1 inch
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - few
Urad dhal - few
Grated coconut - 2 or 3 tbsp
Salt as needed


In a pan dry roast the flour for few minutes like 4 - 5 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add little salt. Pour in hot water little by little and mix to a soft dough. Cover with a wet cloth. Grease your idli plates with oil and with a idiyappam press fill it with some dough and press. Steam on high for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove and cool for few minutes. Crumble lightly.



In a different pan heat oil and add mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves. Wait till they splutter and add onions. Fry for 3 - 4 minutes and add chopped ginger and garlic. Fry till onions are nice brown. Add little salt too. Finally add in the crumbled idiyappam and mix. Garnish with grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.

23 comments/Reactions:

Pushpa said...

Nice savory idiappam...awesome and healthy

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Swathi said...

Nice Jowar Idiyappam. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have nice collection of recipes. Following you.

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious lovely dish

Nandini said...

Very healthy idiyappam! The idea of using jowar is awesome!

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Babli said...

Idiappam looks delicious and it is good for health. Perfect for breakfast.

nivedita said...

wow!! what a healthy food!
going to try it soon
thanks for sharing it!!!

Priya said...

Wat a healthy idiyappams, looks fabulous Padma..

Padhu said...

A very healthy dish!!

Chitra said...

Wow, very nice & healthy one :)

Roshan said...

that is a nice piece of information and new recipe

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

தினை மாவில் இடியாப்பமா?? நல்ல ஹெல்தியான அசத்தல் குறிப்பு!!

Prathima Rao said...

This is so healthy n must have tasted awesome!!

Sadhana said...

Nice and yummy dish dear!

chaitrali pathak said...

thats such a lovely dish....very very healthy....super yummy....

Srimathi said...

I was just thinking of making idiyappam the other day. Its interesting to make it with sorghum flour.

kothiyavunu.com said...

Healthy & delicious idiyappam padma..never tried with sorghum flour.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never used sorghum flour before,will look for it,idiyappam sounds like a great idea!

Gulmohar said...

Yet to try something with sorghum...idiyappam looks great

Aparna S Mallya said...

Healthy dish. Looks tasty!

Uma said...

looks sooo delicious Padma!!

lissie said...

very healthy and nutritious idiyappam! it looks so soft and yummy..

Anonymous said...

i dont know whats this Idiyappam is but im gonna try this for Sure... after steaming process, can i store it in refrigerator??? kindly replay

Padma said...

Idiyappam is nothing but string hoppers/shavige/sandhavai in other words.
Yes of course you can steam and store in refrigerator or freezer for future use.
Hope this will help you.
Thanks for visiting.
Padma

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