Popped Jowars ~ Healthy Snack for Kids!

>>  Friday, January 29, 2010

Did you ever face a situation where you learnt a new thing and you felt strange for never knowing it? This happened to me couple of weeks back. For the Sankranti festival, Athamma wanted to prepare all those dishes that her mom used to make for the festival. One of those were these different laddos with Jowar and Bajra. Since I have never attempted making these, I asked how to make these, assuming that the seeds will be roasted and then powdered as the normal procedure goes for making laddos.

Little did I know that these Jowar seeds pop out like the corns and these are eaten as a delicacy as the popcorns. The poor mans popcorns or the lucky man's popped jowar if I must say! For almost few minutes I was speechless knowing that they actually pop out. That shows I never looked at it scientifically, which I do on most things. I try to analyze the science behind each cooking method. So I should have known that a dried seed like this should pop out right, but I didn't.

So it was naturally a great pleasure seeing them pop out on being roasted. Athamma further told me that her mom used to make a big batch of these popped Jowar, infact salted ones as munchies to the kids. Imagine Athamma munching on these as a young girl! Unbelievable, and here I was thinking and acting so smart when I actually showed her how to pop out corns. I have a never ending supply of the dried corn seeds for konda, who loves them. Of course who doesn't love popcorns.

The Jowar seeds pops out so beautifully that it makes a great thing to cook. I tried taking a step by step but the lighting in my kitchen was not enough for bright ones.

Heat a pan. When it is really hot, drop in handful of jowar seeds and using a spatula dry roast them.

Ensure you keep stirring else there are chances of some seeds getting too much heat. When the seeds get enough heat, they start popping out.

Just like the popcorns. Simmer the flame, cover with lid with the spatula inside. With the lid covered, try shaking the spatula so that it stirs the seeds and ensures all of them get popped out.

Once all are done, you can sprinkle salt and other masala you wish. And store it in air tight container.

Notes : Other way of making salted Jowar pops, lightly coat the seeds with little oil, sprinkle salt over them and then continue the process of frying.

The way I have shown is normally followed when you want to make the sweet laddos. Of course the laddos are for another day!

This makes a great snack for kids and of course for everybody!


Asha January 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

Almost like Corn but with Jowars.How interesting, they look like popcorn. Bet kids loved it. Great post! :)

Divya Vikram January 29, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

Like popcorns PopJowars!`

simplyfood January 30, 2010 at 4:09 AM  

Nice easy snack for kids and adults to share also.

AdukalaVishesham January 30, 2010 at 5:18 AM  

wow that's something new and interesting... thank you we will definitely give it a try..

AshKuku January 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

Gr8 just like corns.... WOW!!! that's a splendid one.... to savor...


Rujuta January 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

Hi Srivalli,

Lovely healthly and tasty snack. Even i was very surprised to see jowars popping like popcorns..
Very interesting and nutricious recipe.... Its a great snack for calorie conscience.....

Madhu January 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Frist time coming across popped jowars, look just like pop corn.
Love the use of jowar..

Tina January 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM  

Soooo interesting and innovative idea dear...

Meena Rajesh Krishnan January 31, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

Love this snack dont have to feel guilty about giving your kids this snack.

Good food and good for you as well!

nivedita January 31, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

Hi Srivalli,
Very tasty and healthy bowl for kids.
This is common in our place.

Deepa G Joshi February 1, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

wow, nice idea..really very healthy..

vijayalaxmi February 2, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

hi srivalli garu,
its amazing snack item for health conscious people rich in iron calcium phosphorous low in fat good item for all kind of people. i expect you to post more healthy food

Srivalli February 2, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

Thank you everybody..I am hoping to include lot more healthy snacks like this..Would surely love your ideas.Thanks again..

harini-jaya April 18, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

I keep seeing Jonna pelalu in the local indian store and keep wondering what to make with this..thanx for a gr8 idea

sangeetha September 3, 2015 at 9:39 PM  

So healthy, will definitely try this.

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