When I sent a picture of the eggless VEGAN gluten-free jowar cake with dates to Paro, she was all praise for the chocolate cake. She even ordered me to bake with sorghum flour and banana in airfryer when she comes to meet me after Corona virus. My darling Paro knows how to differentiate between a healthy cake recipe and an unhealthy one. But she is a kid and loves both healthy and unhealthy. However, when bhua is with Paro, I make sure my cute little niece eats only HEALTHY COOKIES AND CAKES.
What is jowar in English?
Sorghum flour (which is gluten-free and packed with nutrients).
How long does jowar flour last?
I keep all my flours and powders in the refrigerator so they last longer and do not go bad easily
How do you bake with sorghum flour?
Well, baking with jowar atta is easy in airfryer, cooker, oven or otg. You can make a jowar banana cake like I have done or make guilt-free homemade jowar biscuits that are colored with saffron and sweetened with jaggery. The jowar cake and cookies and even a simple jowar banana bread can be your go-to baked goodies for parties and get-togethers once you get a hang of baking with sorghum flour.
How do you eat jowar?
Well, you can make jowar roti, jowar cake in cooker , jowar banana cake in airfryer, sorghum cake with dates, sorghum flour cake with jaggery. I mean to say there are a plethora of jowar flour recipes that are gluten-free and guilt-free as well.
Q. Is this jowar cake soft or hard as the batter looks like dough?
Well, the jowar banana bread cake is soft, moist, and flavorful. Bananas help bind this millet cakes recipe along with flaxmeal, which is my go-to omega 3 punch (I am a vegetarian and need omega 3 from healthy fats).
Q. I always feel baking with jowar flour is not easy as it does not bind easily. What do you say?
Well, I can bake with sorghum flour or any other gluten-free flour hassle free. All you need to know is how certain flours behave. Just train your hands and mind and you do not need anything else to make baking with sorghum or ragi or any gluten-free flour easy.
Q. Do you have an easy recipe of homemade jowar biscuits ?
One of my favorite sorghum cookie recipes is the one that uses saffron for flavor and color. It has been a huge hit with my followers as well. Do try out that recipe.
Another one is the 3-ingredient jowar biscuits recipe with jaggery in airfryer. You will become crazy for sorghum once you try out this healthy biscuits recipe for a gluten intolerant loved one.
Q. I was looking for an easy sorghum cake recipe (gluten free). Is this a gluten-free cake recipe?
Absolutely. The Indian airfryer cake recipe is gluten free, sugar free (no added sugar), and dairy free. That means it is a perfect treat for those with celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and gluten sensitivity. However, this is not a diabetes-friendly cake, since it uses dates as sweetener. Dates are packed with fiber, so one slice should be enough for a diabetic who takes insulin shots (like my parents-in-law).
Q. Can I bake millet cakes recipe in cooker without oven?
Absolutely. You can follow this cooker cake recipe to bake a gluten-free sorghum flour cake in cooker. It's super easy stuff.
Here's another millet flour cake recipe with jaggery in airfryer
Q. How to make flaxmeal at home
A Little about sorghum benefits
Sorghum benefits for diabetes
Sorghum is rich in phytochemicals, antioxidants, phytosterols, phenolic acids, and tannins. All these phytochemicals are believed to reduce the risk of certain diseases in humans. When you make jowar flour a part of your diet, this reduces the risk of cancer due to the high concentration of phytochemicals.
Since sorghum contains tannins, it is believed to reduce caloric availability, which further lowers the risk of weight gain and obesity. Besides, the Sorghum benefits for heart are immense. The phytochemicals in sorghum play a heart-protective role, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
sorghum side effects
It might trigger allergic reactions in some people.
Sorghum is a nutrient-dense grain, which is categorized as a millet. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, jowar flour benefits skin, thanks to its B vitamins. Besides, it is packed with iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium, which make it a highly nutritional flour to include in diet. Not only this, jowar is a blend of tanins, phytochemicals, fiber, amino acids, and antioxidants,, which make it a complete food. Jowar benefits for skin, weight management, heart health, diabetes are immense.
Since jowar reduces caloric availability, it lowers the risk of weight mismanagement and obesity. Therefore, benefits of jowar in weight loss cannot be denited.
how to eat sorghum
You can make jowar roti or bake with sorghum flour. I have shared many jowar flour recipes on Ravneet Bhalla channel.
What does Sorghum do to the body?
Jowar aids in digestion as it is packed with fiber and nutrients.
Is sorghum hard to digest?
Jowar is rich in fiber and thus slowly digested in the body.
Can sorghum cause constipation?
You should drink a lot of water and liquid with any fiber-rich ingredient. When you take care of your liquid intake, fiber will not cause constipation. Rather, it would become gel-like (gooey) and aid in elimination.
Is sorghum flour inflammatory?
It is packed with tannins and anitoxidants and therefore, anti-inflammatory.
Is sorghum for diabetes good?
Jowar is rich in phytochemicals that are known to have blood glucose-lowering properties. Besides, they help reduce cholesterol. Research finds that sorghum extracts have hypoglycemic activity in which control sugar levels in blood.
1 cup= 240 ml
1/2 cup- jowar atta
3 tsp- cocoa powder
2 tbsp- flaxmeal
2 tbsp- extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp/sachet- instant coffee
10-12 pitted/deseeded dates
1/2 tsp- salt
1/2 tsp- baking powder
1/4 tsp- baking soda
1/2 tsp- cinnamon powder
How to bake with sorghum flour (jowar cake)
Soak dates in 1/2 cup of water for 1-2 hours.
Then grind to paste with bananas. Add salt, cinnamon powder, flax meal, coffee, oil,and cocoa powder.
Next sift the flour along with raising agents.
Fold the batter. Do not over mix.
Preheat the oven, airfryer, convection, otg to 160 degrees c for 10 minutes.
Bake at 160 degrees celsius for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Allow the jowar cake with dates to cool down before slicing it.
Remember, it is a gluten-free cake and might crumble if you cut it when hot.