Jowar Khichu

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Dec. 27, 2011

Khichus are village breakfast since it is very quick and easy to prepare with few ingredients only and very healthy as well. I grew up eating Jowar khichu (we call it Khato lot) every morning. Many types of khichu (In south part of India, known as Upma) can be prepared. You can use rice flour, corn flour or bajra flour and prepare khichu for variety.


Jowar flour/Millet flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Yogurt 1 Cup (16 tbs) , beaten
Water 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)
Green chili paste 1 Teaspoon
Ginger 1/2 Teaspoon , grated
Garlic/Lehsun 1/2 Teaspoon , grated
Turmeric powder 1 Pinch
Clarified butter 2 Teaspoon
Coriander 1 Tablespoon , chopped
Oil 3 Tablespoon , divided (for the jowar mixture and tempering)
Whole dry red chilies 2 Medium (for tempering)
Curry leaves 5 Medium (for tempering)
Asafoetida 1 Pinch (for tempering)
Sesame seeds 1 Tablespoon (for tempering)
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon (for tempering)
Ghee 1 1/2 Tablespoon



1. In a bowl mix jowar or millet flour, yogurt and water.

2. Then add and mix ginger-green chili paste, garlic, turmeric powder and salt.

3. Add 1 tablespoon ghee into it and mix well.

4. In a kadai or heavy bottomed pan, heat up 1 tablespoon oil on medium eat and carefully stir adding the mixture.

5. Stir continuously to bring in thick consistency and let it cook with cover on low heat.

6. In a tempering pot heat a tablespoon of oil and add 2 red whole chilies and pop mustard seeds.

7. Then add asafoetida, curry leaves and sesame seeds and sprinkle over the kichu retaining a little in the tempering pot.

8. Take a bowl, coat with little ghee and pour the kichu mixture into it.

9. Let it cool down and then de-mold onto a serving plate.


10. Garnish with the tempering and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 350Calories from Fat 215

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 24 g36.9%

Saturated Fat 7 g35%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 63 mg2.63%

Total Carbohydrates 28 g9.3%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet