One of the most sought-after cereal after wheat and rice is jowar. Earlier it was one of the most consumed cereals in India, even more than wheat. Post green revolution when the production of wheat was humongous the demand and production of jowar saw a steep decline. But of late the demand for this cereal has found a lime light. It’s predominantly because of the attributes and the nutritional qualities this crop has to offer.
The botanical name of jowar is SORGHUM BICOLOR. There are two places that are thought to be the places of origin for this crop one is India and the other is Abyssinia. It belongs to the family POACEAE.
The major jowar growing states in India are central and southern states. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (Bundelkhand region) and Gujrat. It’s really interesting to know what jowar is called in these states in their own languages. In Hindi it is naturally called jowar, in Telugu it is called Jonna, in tamil it is called Cholam, in Kannada it is called Jola.
How does Jowar help us?
Jowar is a store house of nutrition. It is engrossed with various nutrients that are not commonly found in other crops or cereals. It has a considerably good amount of protein at 11%, the fat is as little as 3.5%, carbs at a whopping 72%. What makes it different from wheat is the amount of dietary fibre present in jowar it is around 6.7%, the greater amount of fibre helps in easy digestion of jowar also contributing in the healthy maintenance of the digestive system. Apart from the regular carbs and proteins and fats there are a number of nutrients that are so useful.
There’s great amounts of calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. These are the nutrients that are used by the body to fortify bones, improve immunity, keep up the cell structure and supply with the nutrients that are even required in least quantities.
Another important health fact is jowar is gluten free, it makes it more sought after cereal in these times.
Being a complex carb jowar does take time in mixing up with blood flow hence avoiding a spike in insulin, which makes it suitable for patients with diabetes.
Being rich in phytochemical antioxidants it is an anti-inflammatory food. Jowar is rich in protein and so it helps in maintaining muscle health. A part of that higher protein intake has been found beneficial in fighting covid-19 virus.
As mentioned earlier it is rich in antioxidants which gives it the attribute of curtailing the oxygen metabolism in the body. With reduction in oxidation there are far lesser chances of cancer occurrence.
The number of nutrients that it contains has many health benefits like lowers blood pressure, prevents anaemia, helps in better bone and muscle health and most importantly it helps in weight reduction.
Delicacies that can be made with jowar
The first in this category is jowari ki roti. The taste is just mouth watering when it’s consumed with brinjal curry specially the Maharashtrian way. Recipe link
Puris are loved by people and guess what!! They just got healthy jowar puris which will make one of the finest lunch ingredients. Recipe Link
If you’re bored with conventionality and want to try something different why not go for a jowar veggie wrap? Wraps are something that people love these days and it’s too easy to eat that as another benefit. Recipe Link
Another common Indian breakfast is upma. How healthy is that? I’m sure it’s not healthier than jowar upma. Think of just starting the day with a healthy blast. Recipe Link
These were just a few to mention there are many more. Eat healthy! Stay healthy!
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