The Must eat Millets - Sorghum / Jowar / Cholam
Sorghum (Hindi: Jowar; Tamil: Cholam; Telugu: Jonna; Kannada: Jola; Malayalam: Cholum) is an ancient cereal grain which is a staple crop in India.
Jowar is a safe grain to eat for people with gluten allergies and celiac disease. Like pearl millet, foxtail millet, cholam also belongs to Millets (siruthaniyam) category. Consuming organic millets has many health benefits and are also economical compared to rice and wheat.
Organically grown jowar grain provides health benefits that make it a worthy addition to any diet.
Let's check the health benefits of Jowar, nutritional values, facts, recipesand more.
India being the largest producers of jowar when is the last time you had eaten jowar in any form. Everyone agrees with the Introduction - "Why Jowar is the go to cereal for health benefits". But jowar has literally vanished from our recipes.
Fight for Rebirth of Millets
The bad should die and good survives, this is what evolution is all about. But the reverse is happening in case of millets. Millets is fast becoming non-existent food. Specially urban population is spoilt with easier options like corn flakes and processed foods.
Poor diet has resulted in Indina topping the world obesity rate.
Food has become a commodity and food companies focus on rice and wheat for various business reasons. Millets are the staple food of India. Millet crops grows in less water conditions and are less prone to plant diseases. Above all its just a grass, only drawback of millets are it can give you too much of nutrients than human body naturally needs.
There are many varieties of jowar primarily grown as fodder for livestock. Only in recent past western world has realized the benefits of Jowar (sorghum) as this is the perfect food for people with gluten insensitivity.
Nutritional Value of Sorghum
Let’s take a closer look at the nutrients that sorghum can provide us in our diet.
Sorghum is a powerhouse of nutrients
Rich in vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin
Has high levels of magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium
Contains half the daily required intake of protein
Digests more slowly with a lower glycemic index, so it sticks with you a bit longer than some other flours or flour substitute
More antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates
Benefits of Jowar
Some of the health benefits of sorghum include its
Ability to prevent certain types of cancer
Help control diabetes
A dietary option for people with Celiac disease
Improve digestive health
Build strong bones
Promote red blood cell development
Boost energy and fuel production
Jowar (Cholam) Recipes
The Whole Grains Council says that sorghum's "neutral, sometimes sweet, flavor and light color" allow it to easily absorb other flavors, and recommends several recipes.
Sorghum flour can be used as a wheat replacement in breads, chapatis, pastas, cereals, and baked goods.
Sorghum improves the texture of recipes
Cookbooks and online blogs shares variety of jowar recipes.
Vegetable Jowar Upma
Jowar / Cholam Dosa
Do You know?
You can pop sorghum. It's just like popcorn, only slightly smaller
Jowar is also used in making alcohol based beverages.
There is enough healthy options available for us to consume and stay healthy. unfortunately those healthy food products are not easily available. In the interest of our family well being it is time to start moving towards millets.