How to prepare Jonna Roti?

Jonna Roti

Jonna Roti, also known as Jowar Roti or Sorghum Roti is a popular food all over India. Jowar is a major crop in many districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is considered to be a light meal that is delicious and packed with many nutrients. Jowar is one of the oldest known grains, which originated in Africa. It was introduced to India two centuries ago and since then it has been an essential part of Indian food culture. In this blog, we shall explore more on the benefits and preparation process of Jonna Roti.

Benefits of Jonna Roti

1. High nutrient content

Jowar is a healthy millet that has a high amount of essential nutrient content which includes Iron, potassium, phosphorous and calcium. These nutrients are crucial to maintaining healthy bones and teeth, preventing anaemia and supporting overall health.

2. Diabetic friendly

Jowar is a boon for diabetics as it has a low glycemic index. It helps us to regulate blood sugar by preventing sugar level spikes and crashes. So, rotis made out of Jowar will certainly be beneficial to diabetic patients.

3. Great Gluten-free option

Jowar is completely free of any Gluten and is an excellent option for people with gluten allergies or any high sensitivity towards gluten. It is also a great alternative to wheat rotis to welcome a new taste, as wheat products are way too common in some parts of India.

4. Rich source of fibre

Jonna Roti is a great source of dietary fibre, which maintains our digestive health. A healthy amount of fibre in our system helps us to avoid constipation, regulate bowel movements and keep our tummies full for an extended period of time.

5. Low in calories

When compared to the ever-popular Wheat roti, Jonna roti has lower calories. It is an excellent option for people trying to lose weight or manage their weight.

Ingredients to prepare Jonna roti

  • Two cups of Jowar flour
  • 1 tablespoon of Salt (to taste)
  • Warm water
  • Ghee (while cooking)

Step-by-step recipe for Jonna roti

  1. In a bowl, add one cup of Jowar flour and a few pinches of salt. Mix it thoroughly.
  2. Then, add about half a cup of hot water gradually and mix it into a dough. Add more water if required, but make sure that the dough is not too sticky or too dry. The water amount will depend on the type of flour too. Finely ground flour will require less water.
  3. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls.
  4. Sprinkle some Jowar flour on the rolling board and start the dough rolling like a roti.
  5. Now, place the flattened Jowar roti on a hot tawa.
  6. Cook one side of the roti until it puffs up and then flip it over and cook the other side.
  7. Brush some ghee on both sides of the roti and cook for an additional minute until fully cooked.
  8. Remove the roti from the tawa and place it in a hot pack and cover it with a clean cloth, so that the Jonna roti stays warm and soft.
  9. Jonna Roti is best served hot with vegetable curry or a chutney of your choice.


Jonna Roti need not always be so traditional. You can even prepare it as a base for Pizzas and Quesadillas. You can top the roti with tomato sauce, cheese and all your favourite toppings for a yummy and delicious pizza. While making it as a Quesadilla, stuff the roti with cheese, veggies and spices. Then toast it on a tawa for a quick and healthy snack. 

So, Jonna roti is a very versatile dish that can be incorporated into our everyday diet. Visit Jagavi’s Kritunga Restaurant and try out our Jonna roti to curb the cravings for a snack or as a light and healthy meal.

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