Friday 4 May 2012

Ankurit Jowar Usal..sprouted sorghum in a curry, step by step


Hi All!

I’m glad that I could finally sit and type this post which I’ve been  planning for a long time but last few days seems to have just vanished. I was badly stuck in so many things that I was hardly getting time to sit down and do something creative or sensible…
I was living in a nightmarish world of cockroaches which had  manifested in my kitchen and seemed to be present in every nook and corner. I was at war with them and spraying the pesticide whenever they appeared..I would get up 2-3times at night to kill them as the cockroaches are nocturnal creatures but they seem to be multiplying faster than I could kill them..this was the first time, that I had such a problem and then finally got a pest control done for  two days with a gap of 3days..My kitchen did come on a stand still but finally I could say that it seems like the war is getting over. I was busy washing, cleaning, throwing and rearranging my kitchen, but it’s clean and shining now..

After all the cleaning I am splurging  myself in making sprouts with different grains as I love sprouts and they perfectly suit my health regime these days. The first grain that I’ve sprouted is the Jowar or Sorghum in English. This is the first time that I sprouted this grain and I must confess I was in love with the tiny pearls, the minute it started to sprout.

I had decided to make a spicy Usal with the grain as the grain itself is quite bland, so I presumed that it would be best with a little overdose of spice. I loved the Usal and I served it with plain rice and Jowar roti which I will post soon..

This curry is extremely good for diabetics too..

Ankurit Jowar Usal
Preparartion Time:5mins
Cooking Time: 30mins


2cups sprouted Sorghum/Jowar
1large onion sliced
3garlic cloves
small piece ginger
1large tomato chopped
2tsp whole coriander seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
4 whole red chilies
2tbsp grated dry coconut
1/2tsp turmeric
1/2tsp red chili powder
a pinch garam masala
2tsp oil
1/2tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of heeng/asafetida



Soak the clean Jowar in water for 5-6hrs, strain all water and then transfer it to a muslin cloth. Wet the cloth and keep it a colander for sprouting. You get fine sprouts in 8-10hrs. Pressure cook the jowar without salt.


Slice the onion and ginger and peel the garlic cloves.


Chop the tomatoes.


In a pan roast without oil, onion, garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander seeds.


Once the onion starts changing colour, add a few drops oil. Cool the mix.


Roast the coconut and red chilies.


Grind the onion and coconut mixes with a  little water.


Heat two tea spoons oil and splutter the mustard seeds. Add a pinch of heeng.


Add the ground paste, sauté.


Add a little water and tomatoes, mix.


Add the sprout.


Add salt to taste.


Add turmeric and chili powder.


Mix thoroughly.


Add a cup of water.


Add kokam and cook on low flame and covered till the gravy thickens. The Kokam adds a  nice tangy taste.


Serve hot.

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Pavithra Elangovan said...

Jowar is my all time favorite and love this one.. wish I can have this one for my lunch today.. Nice one Pari :)

Suparna said...

hi pari,
beautiful homely feeling food..I could trade my arm to have this!!nice effort in the pictorial!!

Nandita SS said...

This curry is a store house of nutrition. Looks very tempting and yummy :)

Priya Suresh said...

Nutritious dish, curry looks fantastic..

chitraj.hegde said...

wow..wt an interesting curry..never ever heard of this kind of juwar curry...loved all ur marked..

hotpotcooking said...

Healthy one and never tried this, will sure try

Tina said...

So colourful and delicious dish..

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Such a healthy and nutritious curry...loved ur version.

Nithu Bala said...

Yep! I too often face this same problem in Kitchen..Even I keep a clean kitchen, I could spot one or two cockroaches here and there..they get multiplied in few days. Thanks for the delicious usal recipe. It is healthy too.

Archana said...

Delicious usal. Love the jowar sprouts. Though I know its a whole grain I never thought I can sprout it. Funnily set in my ways am I not?

I get I could do the same with millets.

Pari Vasisht said...

Archana, millets too sprout well and do let me know if you work with them.

Nisha said...

Beautiful recipe , bookmarked it.

Unknown said...

wow, that is so very new for me. Love the idea !!!

R said...

very nice and healthy recipe!

Poornima Nair said...

This is a wonderful nutritious dish, looks yumm!

Hema said...

I've never tried sprouting jowar, the curry looks delicious..

Unknown said...

This looks delicious

Rosh said...

Wow so healthy and nutritious!! Looks delicious as well...never tried cooking sorghum in my life so have no clue what it tastes like :D

simran said...

I'm gald you won the war with those roaches.....I really like this usal..only thing is i don't have kokum and it on't be available here(in udhampur)what can i use instead?

Gayathri NG said...

Healthy n delicious recipe...

Pari Vasisht said...

Simran, u could use tamarind or amchoor instead of kokam.

anjana said...

Never tried anything with whole jowar..thanks for sharing so healthy and delicious recipe..

Hari Chandana P said...

Wowww... very healthy and delicious recipe.. looks absolutely amazing. :)
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Spice up the Curry said...

curry looks awesome. so delicious

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

i have cockroach-phobia too, glad to know ur kitchen is finally cockroach free! never cooked with this pulse before, sounds so healthy and wonderful

Purabi Naha said...

I CANNOT stop thinking about this. I have to make it!! Yummy!

Miss Migas said...

Delicious recipe, it looks sooooo yummy.

Anonymous said...

To try this recipee ...I soaked the jowar for 24 hours ( 24 hours coz in 7/8 hours the jowar was too hard to sprout I guessed ....)

Then tied it in a cotton cloth for 24 hours
But it dint even start sprouting forget about getting long sprouts
Can u tell me the possible reason

I live in bangalorw where it is never too hot ..

Cheres said...

I'm new to sprouting and I didn't know that you could sprout sorghum. Could you tell me where you buy your grain? I've been looking on line but not too successful and I came across some negatives about sprouted sorghum too. Some say it contains cyanide which can be fatal to consume. SO what are your thoughts on that too?

Manasi Sangam said...

I was wondering how long does it take to pressure cook this sprouted jowar? I'm making a recipe with this, for the first time!!


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