Jowar : Jola : Jonna : Sorghum: Cholam : Nutrition facts : Eco-Friendly

Jowar like all other millets requires less water for agriculture and the crops can be sustained on just rainfall. Therefore it reduces the demand on water, which for other crops has to be supplied using energy. Hence it is eco-friendly. Its water requirement is one fourth what is required by rice and half of what is required by wheat. So when you eat Jowar, you are saving the scarce water resources of the planet!

Source (Area of Cultivation and Other Details) : “Cultivation of jowar is mainly concentrated in peninsular and central India. Maharashtra, KarnatakaAndhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (the Bundelkhand region) and Tamil Nadu are the major jowar-growing states.” This means that it takes less diesel (energy) to transport Jowar to Bangalore. This again saves energy and favours the climate!

Indian name for sorghum (Sorghum vulgare), also known as great millet, kaffir corn, guinea corn. This article in The Hindu states that wheat is much better than jowar both for diabetics and healthy people. Truth or North-South prejudice? Let’s see.

Cost : Jola is Rs 28 per kg in food world and I think that is about the same as some qualities of rice or wheat.

Jonna flour is gluten-free and difficult to make into a rotti. How to make a Jola Rotti with photos.

Source : JOWAR – Nutritive Value Of Common Foods
Energry(Ecals) 349
Moisture(gm) 12
Protein(gm) 10
Fat(gm) 2
Mineral(gm) 2
Fibre(gm) 2
Carbohydrates(gm) 73
Calcium(mg) 25
Phosphorous(mg) 222
Iron(mg) 4

Source : Phosphorus, together with calcium, is an essential part of our teeth and bones. It is present in all our cells, where it helps turn food into energy. Phosphorus is essential to the development of our bones and teeth. It is also present in all our body cells, and is essential in helping the body release energy by breaking down food and “burning” the fats and sugars, influencing the functioning of our hearts and kidneys, and forming a part in the proteins responsible for cell growth and heredity. The mineral needs vitamin D to work properly. For an average adult, the RNI* for phosphorus (not including pregnant or lactating women) is between 500 and 800mg per day.

Source :

There are 104 cals in a Jowar roti.

You burn the equivalent amount of calories by following activities:

Walking (5.5 Km/Hour) 24.0 Min
Jogging (8 Km/Hour) 11.2 Min
Climbing Stairs 8.7 Min
Table Tennis 22.1 Min
Swimming (freestyle – moderate) 9.4 Min
Cereals Protein
(K Cal)
Wheat whole 11.8 1.5 71.2 1.5 41 1.2 346
Wheat flour 12.1 1.7 69.4 2.7 48 1.9 341
Rice bran 13.5 16.2 48.4 6.6 67 4.3 393
Rice (raw) 6.8 0.5 78.2 0.6 10 0.2 345
Rice (parboiled) 8.5 0.6 77.4 0.9 10 0.2 349
Maida 11 0.9 73.9 0.6 23 0.3 348
Bajra 11.6 5 67.5 2.3 42 1.2 361
Jowar 10.4 1.9 72.6 1.6 25 1.6 349
Ragi 7.3 1.3 72 2.7 344 3.6 328

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