Juar Jo Dhodho/Sindhi Jowar Roti

September 12, 2018mayurisjikoni



What is Mega Blogging Marathon?

Well, its a group of bloggers who get together to post a dish for 26 days according to the chosen theme. For more details check out the initiator Srivalli’s page here. For this theme we had a choice of 3:

1. A-Z Indian Flatbreads that are not made using batter e.g. like rotis

2. A-Z Indian Flatbreads using batters e.g. dosa

3. A-Z International Flatbreads.

I decided to opt for option number 1. India has such a huge variety of flatbreads to offer that are made on the stove top, in the tandoor, in the oven, under the grill or fried. Its going to be a challenge to look for flatbreads beginning with all the letters of the alphabet as for this group cannot use batter based flatbreads. However, am up for this challenge.

Day 10 is for an Indian Flatbread beginning with letter J. A few days ago I made janta roti for this BM. The rotis were soft and all that, managed to roll them after using lots of flour. Hubby and I had it with Dalma but I was not totally satisfied. Now trying to make it again when I’m trying to get over my list of cooking before I travel, I wasn’t willing to go through preparing the roti. It will have to wait till I’m not running against the clock.

That meant I had to look for another flatbread beginning with J. Not still too sure about jackfruit so that’s out. I was on Shobha’s blog Shobha’s Food Mazaa actually commenting on lolo, a sweet jaggery flatbread when I decided to check out other flatbreads on her blog. The life saver appeared immediately, a roti using juar, jowar or sorghum flour. Don’t confuse it with jau which is barley.

Though it looks so similar to the Indori Masala Roti, this one tasted different with onion and coriander in it. It turned out more softer than the Indori Masala Roti.I also made it totally gluten free by not adding wheat flour. As a result had a few cracked edges but hey doesn’t that make the paratha look rustic. So J is for Juar Jo Dhodho or a Sindhi Style Jowar Roti.

Someone commented that for this BM my blogs are missing the usual stories or thoughts that I usually like to write about. Truthfully, I’m trying to get the posts ready before I travel, so don’t really have time to add any stories or thoughts unless  something comes up when I post the recipe on the designated day.

Here’s the recipe for a healthy, gluten free and flavorful breakfast roti or Indian Flatbread.

juar jo dhodho 3

juar jo dhodho 2

juar jo dhodho 1


Makes about 6-8 depending on the size you roll

Recipe Source: Shobha’s Food Mazaa

2 cups jowar (juar, barley) flour

½ cup finely chopped onion

½ cup finely chopped fresh coriander

1-2 green chillis, sliced thinly

1 tbsp oil

½ – ¾ tsp salt

 – ½ cup warm water

ghee or oil for roasting

extra flour for dusting

  1. Mix flour and salt in a big bowl.
  2. Add oil and rub it into the flour.
  3. Add chopped chili, coriander and onion.
  4. Mix well and keep it on the side for 10-15 minutes. I allowed this resting time as the salt helps to release a bit of water from the onions.
  5. Adding little water at a time, make the dough which is not too soft or too hard.
  6. Divide the dough into 6 to 8 parts and roll each into a ball.
  7. Heat a tawa, frying pan over medium heat.
  8. Press the ball gently between the palms of your hands.
  9. Coat it with flour and roll it out into a circle of about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.
  10. Put the rolled roti on the hot tawa.
  11. Let it roast for 1-2 minutes.
  12. Flip over and let it roast for 1-2 minutes.
  13. Smear the top part with oil or ghee and flip it over.
  14. Let it roast till it becomes light golden colour.
  15. Smear 1 tsp oil or ghee on the top part and roast till done.
  16. Repeat steps 8 to 15 with the remaining dough.
  17. Serve hot juar jo dhodho with yogurt, pickles or chutneys of your choice for breakfast.



  • If the dough becomes too soft, you can pat it into shape and cook it.
  • Chopping the onion absolutely fine makes rolling this rotis easier.
  • I guess one could also add methi(fenugreek) instead of coriander.

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

You may want to check out what flatbreads I’ve made so far for this event:

A for Akki Roti

B for Bhakri

C for Chousela

D for Dalpuri

E for Ekadashi Thalipeeth

F for Fungawela Mag na Paratha/Sprouted Bean Parathas

G for Gulachi Poli

H for Hyderabadi Halwe ki Puri

I for Indori Masala Roti

Check out what other Blogging Marathoners have made:

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  • vaishalisabnani

    September 13, 2018 at 7:27 am

    This is almost a routine roti in our house . Sindhi juar jo dhodho is really delicious and I can see you have made it nice and crisp .
    The next time you make serve it with green chutney , it’s a classic combo and famous in Sindhi temples and homes .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Vaishali and yes will do that, hubby and I are not huge fans of chutneys or pickles. We enjoyed the rotis on its own with dahi.

  • Priya Suresh

    September 13, 2018 at 7:58 am

    I just love my rotis with onions, adding coriander makes definitely rotis more flavourful and delicious. Am sure this Sindi jowar roti will definitely please my tastebuds.I doesnt even need any side dish to enjoy this gluten free rotis.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      Priya, besides alu paratha I previously didn’t think adding onions to parathas but after having a few versions this time, have changed my mind. It does make the parathas taste so different.

  • harini

    September 13, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Wow! Mayuri, this masala jowar roti with onions sounds like a perfect recipe for my lunch! I miss the Kenyan stories in your posts too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Harini.. Kenyans stories well besides the rising petrol price nothing else is new. A huge concern for the citizens as the politicians fill their pockets and the poor suffer because of rising food prices.

  • gayathriraani

    September 14, 2018 at 4:34 am

    This roti looks fantastic Mayuri. I love the way you present the rotis this BM. Something magical about those pictures. Yes, we do miss your stories this BM, but I can understand how difficult it must be for you with the travel.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for liking my clicks Gayathri means a lot to me. As I go along I may add stories but for now need to get the basic posts ready.

  • Sowmya:)

    September 14, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Jowar is definitely the hero of today…so many varied recipes. Love this one with onions…would have been so flavorful and delicious! And such pretty clicks..kudos!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 14, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Sowmya.

  • code2cook

    September 17, 2018 at 1:48 am

    I loved this jowar roti for letter J. Looking very tempting. I was also thinking to make it but could not go and buy this flour. This is so flavorful roti which even my kids love.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks Bhawana, loved this version of the flavorful roti.

  • Annapurnaz

    September 24, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    This Jowar roti is definitely looks rustic. Reminding me of Sindhi koki. Feeling hungry by looking at your beautiful clicks

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 4, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you so much Ritu.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    September 28, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Such a healthy roti, loved the addition of onion to it.delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 29, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Thank you Renu.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    October 3, 2018 at 5:46 am

    I am hungry for Jowar roti after seeing your marvelous clicks Mayuri! Looks so delicious and you have nailed it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 3, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    October 7, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    These jower roti have turned out fantastic. I would love to have these for snacks. I enjoy reading the intros too and gives a lovely peak into your daily events.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Srivalli.

  • Simply Tadka

    October 15, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Jowar roti is very popular bread.. which good for winter season. Awesome.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 15, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks Preeti.

  • Padmajha PJ

    October 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Who cares about ragged edges when the roti tastes so good, right! The Roti indeed looks so rustic and delicious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 16, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Padmajha.

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