Jowar Ambali: a healthy and gluten-free diet

The simplest dishes are the most delicious, an example that comes to mind is Jowar Ambali. It is a traditional Karnataka-style dish that has been adapted over the years. Jowar Ambali is an ideal combination of health and taste. The ingredients used complement each other creating an amalgam of flavors and textures. Furthermore, Jowar Ambali is a millet food that is considered to be not only among the healthiest food, but also fashionable.

Unique in flavor

Jowar Ambali is made with jowar flour, butter milk, ground cumin and salt. The dish is made spicy by adding mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. The addition of chopped onions and a garnish of coriander leaves adds a crunch and flavor, respectively, to the dish.

Jowar Ambali is easy to prepare and can be a meal of choice during hectic days. In addition, it is consumed during summers or hot days as it fights the heat.

healthy drink

Ambali is a ragi (finger millet) malt drink in Karnataka. Ambali is also made into a porridge. Ragi Ambali is quite popular in Karntaka and comes in sweet and savory versions.

Health Benefits of Jowar

Jowar, also known as sorghum in English, is a grain packed with nutrients. Jowar is often used to make rotis and dosas. One of its greatest benefits is that it does not contain gluten and aids digestion. It is rich in dietary fiber and is good for those suffering from diabetes and is said to control blood sugar levels. Jowar contains antioxidants, which are believed to prevent cancer, and is a good source of magnesium, copper, calcium, and iron. It strengthens the immune system and is said to be good for bone and tissue health, as well as being good for the heart.

Here is a simple recipe for Jowar Ambali:


  • jowar flour
  • Cumin seeds
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Half grated ginger
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • mustard seeds
  • curry leaves
  • 1 onion
  • Salt
  • refined oil
  • Coriander leaves


  1. Put three tablespoons of jowar flour in a bowl with half a cup of water, make a paste and save it for later.
  2. Coarsely grind half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and set aside.
  3. Boil a cup of water in a saucepan.
  4. Add the jowar paste to the boiling water and stir well.
  5. Add half a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the ground cumin and stir well.
  7. Remove the mixture from the flame.
  8. Add half a cup of buttermilk to the jowar mixture and mix well.
  9. In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil, add a teaspoon of mustard seeds and let it sizzle, add some curry leaves, the chopped green chillies, the grated ginger and mix for a few minutes.
  10. Add the above to the jowar mixture, then add the chopped onions and mix well.
  11. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve.

Jowar Ambali can be served as a light meal for lunch or dinner or as a side dish alongside a meal. It can also be served for breakfast.

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