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Recipe: Jowar Chivda Namkeen

Have you ever made namkeen at home? And that too using millets? While it may sound daunting, here is a simple and delicious recipe to make Jowar Chivda Namkeen. Give this recipe a try and keep your own millet namkeen at home. It’s also a great option for healthy snacking.


  • 200 gm roasted sorghum (jowar) poha/flakes

  • ½ cup peanuts

  • ½ cup roasted chickpea (roasted chana)

  • ¼ cup chopped raisins

  • ¼ cup chopped almonds

  • 1 tbsp watermelon seeds

  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds

  • ¼ cup diced dry coconut

  • 10-15 curry leaves

  • 2-3 green chilli

  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder

  • A pinch of asafoetida (Hing)

  • 2 tsp chaat masala

  • ½ tsp black salt

  • Salt as per taste

  • 1 tbsp oil/ghee

  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar/brown sugar (optional)

Calorific Value:

  • Energy: 373 kcal

  • Protein: 13 gm

  • Carbs: 31 gm

  • Fats: 22 gm

  • Fibre: 3.4 gm


1. In this recipe we have used roasted jowar flakes. In case you don’t find these in the market, then buy normal jowar flakes and roast them over a medium to low flame till they turn slightly fragrant.

2. Heat oil/ghee in a pan. Once it is heated, toss peanuts in the oil till they start crackling and turn slightly red in colour. Transfer them on a plate covered with tissue paper so that excess oil/ghee can be soaked.

3. In the same pan in remaining oil/ghee, toss almonds till they slightly change colour and become fragrant. Transfer almonds on the same plate.

4. In the leftover oil/ghee in the same pan, toss the melon and sunflower seeds for few seconds till they start crackling and slightly change in colour. Transfer them on the plate.

5. Now roast the sliced coconut in the same pan till they become fragrant and change slightly to golden colour.

6. I have also toasted chana for a few seconds in the above pan just to soak leftover ghee/oil. Since they are already roasted, you may avoid this step altogether.

7. Now take a big plate (thaal or paraat) and put jowar flakes in it. Mix all the ingredients (peanuts, almonds, seeds, coconut and chana) which we roasted above in this plate.

8. Add chopped raisins to above mixture.

9. At this stage, add all the spices which include turmeric, chaat masala, black salt, salt (as per taste).

10. If you want the chivda to be more sweet, you can add powdered brown sugar (as per taste). Since we have already added raisins for sweetness, you may skip this step.

11. Now take a tempering pan, add ghee/oil and let it heat up. Once heated, add hing, green chillies and curry leaves. Add this tempering to the chivda mixture and mix well.

12. Now with gentle hands or with the help of a spoon, slowly mix everything well.

Your jowar chiwda is ready. Keep it in an airtight container and enjoy!

Know Your Ingredients:

Jowar (Sorghum)

Jowar is millet which is gluten free and rich in protein and various essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It is loaded with calcium, copper, zinc, phosphorous, potassium and cell-building B vitamins. The rich quantity of potassium and phosphorous helps lower cholesterol and manage high blood pressure. Most importantly, the grain is incredibly rich in fibre and helps in controlling weight and reduces chances of obesity and diabetes.


Peanuts are rich in protein, good quality fat and various healthy nutrients. The protein content ranges from 22–30% of its total calories, making peanuts a great source of plant-based protein.

Roasted Chana

Roasted chana is a low-calorie food, with its outer shell providing a good amount of fibre. It helps in weight loss, and can be part of the daily snack. It also has resistant starch which encourages fat metabolism. It is high in protein: half a cup contains 10 to 12 grams of protein.


Raisins contain healthy vitamins and minerals. They are also fat-free and cholesterol-free, high in antioxidants, and an excellent source of fiber.


Almonds helps in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and are packed with vitamin E, magnesium and potassium, which helps oxygen and nutrients flow more freely through the blood. Almonds are high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to aging and disease. While being low in carbs, they are high in protein and fiber and helps in growth and repair of body.


Seeds are generally an excellent source of protein and good fat i.e. omega 6 fatty acids. They are also rich in various antioxidants and are a good source of dietary fibre. They are rich in trace minerals required by the body, including selenium, magnesium, copper and zinc.

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