Nutritional Facts of Jowar Roti, Calories in Jowar Roti

by Tarla Dalal
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How many calories does 1 Jowar Roti have?

One Jowar Roti gives 49 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 41 calories, proteins account for 6 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 3 calories.  One Jowar Roti provides about 2 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

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Jowar roti is an unleavened Indian flatbread which is made with minimum of ingredients, jowar flour and salt. jowar ki roti is famous and consumed more in the Western parts of India. Make jowar roti soft of hard depending on how you like it. 

Jowar is one of the top 5 cereals in the world and is also one of the super foods with many health benefits. We have a very easy recipe using jowar that is Jowar roti also known as "Sorghum roti"

We have made this healhy jowar roti with jowar flour and little salt to taste. The only trick is kneading of the dough. All you need to do is take required water in a deep non stick pan get it to boil and add jowar flour to it. Mix well and let it cool. Once it has cooled down a little, knead into a soft dough. Make sure the dough has cooled down or you may burn your hands. Rolling the roti requires skills, traditionally jowar roti is rolled using hands but you can also use a rolling pin. Once, the jowar bhakri is rolled, place it on a tava, make sure you cook it on a medium flame flipping both the sides and then cooked on a open flame till it puff ups or until brown spots appear on both the sides. Remove it in a plate and smear with ghee. 


Jowar roti is super rich in fibre, is gluten free, good for diabetics, high in magnesium and iron also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We have used hot water for kneading the dough as it helps in getting the roti soft and even when not served for hours, it doesn't become hard or chewy. But you also need to make sure that you roll out the roti immediately after kneading the dough as if you would keep the dough for a long time, it will loose its moisture and would become splintery which would make rolling difficult. My grandmother would cook it on an earthen clay oven on a chulha which would give a smoky flavor to the roti. Whenever we cook jowar roti at home, i make any Maharashtrian sabzi to eat along. 

This traditional and homely jowar roti | jowar ki rotihealthy jowar roti | jowarachi bhakri that is both satiating and incredibly tasty, is super filling and makes a wonderful meal served with any sabzi or had with green chilli thecha or red chilli thecha

Green Chilli Thecha, Hirvi Mirchi Cha Thecha

Green Chilli Thecha, Hirvi Mirchi Cha Thecha

Is Jowar Roti healthy?

It can be confusing which Indian Rotis are healthy as there are so many options of flour to be used like plain flour, whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour and ragi flour. So which is the best.

Jowar is incredibly healthy and is way better than plain flour in making parathas and rotis. Jowar roti is made of jowar flour and salt. There is ZERO oil used in this recipe. Each ingredient has its benefits. Having a Jowar Roti will give you fibre and protein which is key to Vegetarians. Additional Jowar is rich in Iron, Magnesium which results in better calcium absorption leading to stronger bones. 

Jowar Flour and even Bajra Flour is a better quality complex carb than whole wheat flour and hence your jowar roti is better than a Whole Wheat Roti. 

Is Jowar Roti good for Diabetics?

Jowar is a complex carb and will be absorbed slowly in the blood stream and not cause a spike in insulin. Hence a good safe food for diabetics and also for those who want to live and eat healthy. 

Fiber Rich Jowar Roti for Weight Loss.   These gluten free Jowar Rotis are a great way to add on fiber to your diet. Simple to make, requires just 2 ingredients and can be served with any sabzi of your choice – be it a semi dry sabzisukhi sabzi  or a sabzi with gravy. By lending 49 calories and 1.5 g or protein and 1.4 g of fiber, they make a wholesome substitute to whole-wheat rotis. The protein in it will help boost metabolism and fiber will give you a feeling of fullness to avoid junk eating. Both together will help you achieve your weight loss target. But remember to not miss out on your regular exercise regime, as diet control alone cannot help trimming the waistline. Serve it immediately to enjoy its true flavours.

Is Jowar Roti good for weight loss?

Yes, this recipe has only 2 ingredients. Jowar Flour + Salt. We have made this without oil and there is only 49 calories per Jowar roti. We give it a thumbs up as a super healthy Indian Bread.

Combine Jowar roti with a healthy Dal to enhance protein value

Combine roti with super healthy dal recipes like palak toovar dalkhatta urad dal recipesuva masoor dal recipehariyali dal recipe and healthy kadhi recipe or Radish Koftas in Kadhi recipe   to make a healthy combination. Note that when you combine any dal with any cereal like bajrajowarragibuckwheatbarley or whole wheat to enhance the protein value.

Hariyali Dal ( Cooking with 1 Teaspoon Oil)

Hariyali Dal ( Cooking with 1 Teaspoon Oil)

Jowar Roti is good for

1. Healthy Recipes Lifestyle

2. Healthy heart rotis

3. Diabetics with heart issues

4. Diabetic rotis 

5. High fibre to lower cholesterol

6. Low cholesterol rotis

7. High fibre for kids

How to burn 49 calories that come from Jowar Roti?

Walking (6 kmph) = 15 mins

Running (11 kmph) = 5 mins

Cycling (30 kmph) = 7 mins       

Swimming (2 kmph) = 8 mins

Note: These values are approximate and calorie burning differs in each individual.

Value per roti% Daily Values
Energy49 cal2%
Protein1.5 g3%
Carbohydrates10.2 g3%
Fiber1.4 g6%
Fat0.3 g0%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Vitamin A6.6 mcg0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0.1 mg10%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0 mg0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.4 mg3%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)2.8 mcg1%
Calcium3.5 mg1%
Iron0.6 mg3%
Magnesium23.9 mg7%
Phosphorus31.1 mg5%
Sodium1 mg0%
Potassium18.3 mg0%
Zinc0.2 mg2%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Jowar Roti
 on 26 Feb 20 10:07 AM

It is an excellent article, I read the content in detail and useful for my clients especially Diabetics and obese people to be on low carb high fiber diet. Cant I save this page contents in my data collection to use in my educational presentation to my clients.
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Tarla Dalal    Dear Dr Vodela, yes this can be used for only your clients. Clearly mention health data for calories for jowar roti given by Kindly confirm this is fine by you.
28 Feb 20 09:38 AM
Jowar Roti
 on 27 Jan 20 08:29 AM