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Jowar flour is made by grinding the small round grains of jowar (white millet). When the jowar is ripe and ready to be harvested, the plants are cut and tied in bundles and allowed to dry. The bundles are threshed to separate the grains. The grains are cleaned, washed, dried and then processed into flour.
When ground, the flour is creamish white in colour and has a fairly neutral flavour that is sometimes nutty or sweetish. it absorbs flavours well and can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be consumed plain, made into porridge, roti and other dishes, or used in combination with other flours. It is preferred by the gluten intolerant, and is often cooked as a porridge to be eaten alongside other foods.
How to select
• If buying readymade jowar flour, check the manufacturing and expiry date, as well as the seal of the package.
• If buying from bulk bins, ensure that the bins are closed and placed away from dust and grime.
• Check the flour for signs of moisture or lumpiness.
• If you prefer to prepare your own flour, buy good quality grains from a trusted store, as this determines the quality of the flour you make.
• Jowar flour can be used to make bhakri, theplas, and other Indian breads, where it can be used alone or mixed with wheat flour.
• Stuff with innovative fillings to make jowar parathas.
• The flour is also used in preparations like dhokli, khakras, muthias, etc.
How to store
• This flour is best used within 30 days.
• Store in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.
• Jowar flour is a gluten-free, high-protein, cholesterol-free source of a variety of essential nutrients, including dietary fibre, iron, phosphorus and thiamine.
• Being highly alkaline in nature, it is known to be very good for those having acidity problems.