Jowar dosa | Jonna dosa | Jolada dose | Jowar recipes

By Swasthi on August 2, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Jowar dosa recipe – Jowar is the Indian name for sorghum. They are also known as jonnalu in telugu, jola in kannada and cholam in tamil. It is a gluten free grain and loaded with nutrients. It is highly recommended for folks with diabetes, thyroid or for those who are into gluten free diet. Jowar helps to strengthen the bones hence very good for kids too. It also helps to lower the cholesterol and protects heart health.

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Jowar is mainly used to make bhakri or roti, called as jolada rotti or jonna rotti in kannada and telugu. Making jowar roti for a large family is time consuming and a fair amount of practice is needed to make them thin, soft and perfect. To make them good, we also need fresh flour which is sometimes not available here in Singapore. So as an alternate i began to make these jowar dosa since very long. These are very tasty, packed with protein and many other nutrients. These can also be had for dinner with good sides like sambar, vegetable chutney or a curry. You may also like this easy jowar upma.

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I am sharing 2 recipes both been adapted from a Telugu TV show, which my mom follows from few years.  Dosa in the pictures is made using the recipe mentioned in the recipe card. With this batter you can make crispy thin dosas and even uttapam.

I soak jowar/jonnalu for 6 hours. Even 4 hours will be fine but soaking for longer helps to blend them better and has health benefits too. Jowar dosa can also be made instantly by mixing jowar flour in plain dosa batter. For 1 cup batter, ¼ jowar flour can be mixed by adding little water.

Jonna dosa can also be made without urad dal or without rice will share that sometime later. But for the regular breakfast i prefer to use urad dal since it has a good amount of protein.

If you are into healthy eating then you may also like these
Ragi recipes
Oats recipes
Millet recipes
Quinoa salad
Quinoa upma

Jowar dosa recipe below

jonna dosa recipe

Jowar dosa

Jowar dosa
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time16 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time41 minutes
Servings12 to 14 dosas

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 0.5 cup jowar / jola / jonnalu
  • 0.5 cup urad dal
  • 0.5 cup rice
  • ¼ tsp methi / menthulu
  • salt , non iodized, as needed
  • oil as needed to make dosas


  • Wash jowar several time until the water runs clear. Soak it for about 6 hours.
  • Wash rice and soak separately for 4 hours.
  • Also wash dal and methi. Soak them as well separately for 4 hours. Soaking these for longer can make the batter sour quickly with in few hours.
  • Drain off the water. Blend dal methi salt with water just as needed until batter is fluffy and bubbly. Do not make the batter very thin or runny. Transfer the batter to a large pot.
  • Drain water from rice and jowar. Blend them with water as needed, try to use less water. Since the grains are soaked well, the batter gets done well to smooth.
  • Transfer this to the urad dal batter. Mix well . The consistency should be neither very thin or very thick. It must be moderately thick.
  • Set aside for 4 to 6 hours. I usually set aside on the table for 8 hours and not in a warm place. You will need to adjust the time since it depends on the climate.
  • Add water as needed and bring it to a pouring consistency.
  • Grease a tawa lightly if using one that doesn’t have non stick coating. Heat it until hot. Pour the batter and spread it a circular pattern to make a dosa. Cook the dosa on a medium high flame.
  • Drizzle little oil towards the edges and flip it. You can make them thin, thick or crispy however you like.
  • Serve with chutney.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Jowar dosa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe 2

½ cup jowar / jonnalu
¼ cup urad dal
¼ cup poha / aval
½ cup rice
Instructions same as above.

About Swasthi

I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills. More about me

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Hello, a question- using whole jowar, do you mean the batter will not ferment like in a regular dosa batter? It’s cold here, I keep the regular batter in the microwave, covered, with the pilot light on..when I made this, I kept it out and it didnt ferment. Dosas were a bit hard.

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I had a bag of jowar at home, tried this recipe. It came out so well, crispy and yummy. Love it. Thank you for the fool proof recipes.

In nutrition facts,1 serving means how much quantity

Hi Swasthi.. very nice healthy recipe. Can we make idlis also from this batter or is it only for dosas? Thank you

Thanks a lot for your prompt response. I’ll definitely try & let you know

Hi swathi…
I am from Andhra Pradesh and I am going to try this…ur from which place

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Super recipe. I am going to try soon.

Loved your recipes ?
I’m going to try the Jowar and Ragi dosa recipes

I’m Roja from Australia . Can we Make Jowar dosa out of jowar flour as I can’t get whole jowar here.
Thankyou for your nice recipes

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Hi Swasthi

Can you please share how to make jowar dosa without rice, or wheat?

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Hi I like your recipes .. Can you tell me how to make jowar rawa with white jowar perfectly?

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Hi. How long do you need to soak the jowar?

Hi swasthi, one of my friend gave me yellow jowar (she bought from india but not used). I thought to make jowar kudumulu n made floor in mixer. I just tasted da flour it was bitter taste. Still i left with whole jowar also. Plz suggest me how to use.

Thank u swasthi. I Will try

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Hi mam I follow all u r recipes and iam big fan of you. Your recipes are very easy to do and liked by my children. Can we make same with ragi(not flour). Please suggest that recipe

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Hi mam… I am big fan of ur recipes.., can we use jowar flour mam….,

Thank u mam

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Hello, I am an avid follower of your recipes. Keep up the good work.

I have a doubt. Why do you use noniodised salt?

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Hi Swasti,

Thank you for easy recipes

Can I use store bought Bajra flour for making dosa. Is it ok for kids below age 5 .


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Hi Swasthi, I made a jonna dosa. I liked it.thanks a lot for healthy and tasty dosa.

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Hi Swathi, I wanna try jonna dosa but I have a doubt I.e. Which rice can I use in this recipe? Sonamasoori rice or dosa rice or idly rice or brown rice or basmati rice.

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Hi swasti very nice blog nd great content.i have ever tried prawn biryani last came out really well like few others which I tried before.thank u so much for da nice demonstration .good job ..keep rocking

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hi Swathi… almost all the recipes you post are interesting n makes me try ones for my husband n son…I’ve been following your recipes bcz it’s demonstrated well n interestingly explained… thank you so much again… plz post new recipes for my fussy toddler…

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hi mam, shall I give this dosa to my 1 year old baby. …

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Hi Swati,
I love your recipes and healthy twist too :). I would like to try the jowar dosa without adding rice to it. I am cutting down rice from my diet. So Pls. share tips to make this recipe without adding rice. Thank you in advance and keep up the good work.