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Jonna Rawa Idli | Jowar Idli

Jonna rawa idli (jowar idli) is a healthy alternate to regular rice idli. Make with jowar - it's packed with fiber and protein. Perfect Indian breakfast.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking & Fermenting Time: 16 hrs
Total Time 16 hrs 40 mins
Course Breakfast, condiments
Cuisine south indian
Servings 12 Idli


For Jonna Rawa Idli:

  • cups Jonna Rawa (Jowar/ Sorghum rawa)
  • ½ cup Urad dal
  • To taste Salt


To make Jonna Rawa Idli:

  • Soak jonna/ jowar rawa in just enough water for 4~6 hours. Soak urad dal separately for 4~6 hours.
  • Grind the urad dal into a smooth batter using just enough water. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Drain jonna rawa/ jowar and add to urad dal. If the rawa seems too coarse, then grind it in the mixer for a few seconds, then mix with urad dal.
  • Cover the bowl and set aside in a warm place to ferment for at least 8~10 hours. Mixture will get frothy when ready.
  • Add salt to the mixture and mix well.
  • Lightly grease the idli molds and distribute the batter evenly in the idli molds, steam for 12~15 minutes. Serve hot with chutney of choice. 


  • If you only get whole jowar or sorghum, then grind them in a high power blender to make the rawa.