Sunday, August 23, 2015

Millet/Jola Kadubu

Kadubu  means steamed  Dumplings. Kadubu can be prepared with many things like Rava and Urid, mixed dals, rice and sweet fillings,
Mr. Srinivas Krishnamoorthy requested me to put up the recipe of Jola/Millet Kadubu with out much use of raagi or rice. I have promised him that I will soon try it out, though this jolada kadubu I have not tried it until now. We use jola and prepare rotti, dosa and other things. During Nagara Panchami we do prepare kai kadubu/sweet dumplings (steamed) with rice flour and khara/spicy kadubu also prepared along with kai kadubu. So I thought to prepare plain kadubu using Millet flour. It turned out nice and I am happy for the result. No rice or raagi is used in this kadubu.
Millets/Sorghum are called in different names like Jola in Kannada, Jowar - Gurjarati, Jwaarie or Jondhalhlaa in Hindi and Marathi. Mutthaari,/Pangapullu in Malayalam and Cholam in Tamil.
Lets see some benefits of eating Millet.
Use of Millet help us in many ways. Eating millet helps to protect our heart health. protect us from diabetes, improves the digestive system. It helps to detoxify the body, boost respiratory health, optimize the immune system and increases the energy levels and improves our muscles and nerve health. It is high content of nutrients. It contain B- Vitamin, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and  magnesium. It contain a healthy source of essential fats. It is contain good dietary fiber and good for people who suffer from constipation. It helps to regulate cholesterol level in the body. Millet is gluten free.
This Jolada Kadubu/ Millet Kadubu can be eaten for breakfast or dinner. I have used millet flour and little coconut to fill in. You can use any vegetables like carrots, cabbage, cabbage and beans to fill. It is an easy recipe. Make sure you use fresh flour. I have not added any other flour to millet/Jola flour.
Lets see the recipe now.


Millet/Jola flour : 1 cup
Hot boiling water : 1 cup
Salt : to taste.
Coconut : 2 Tablespoons

Method :

1.Keep water for boiling. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
2. Put Millet flour in a big bowl.Add salt.
3. Pour hot boiling water on the flour and leave it for 5 minutes. 

 4. Mix it well slowly and prepare the dough. You must knead it well.
 5. Divide the dough into small balls.
 6. Take a ball size dough and just roll it on your palm and pat it.
 7. Slightly pat with other hand. Let it be like small poori size. Keep 1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated coconut in the middle and fold the edges together and close the end part.
8.Repeat the same and arrange them in a bowl or plate.

9. Keep pressure cooker or idly cooker on the fire and put some water at the bottom of the pressure cooler.
10 Place a bowl upside down in the cooker. Now keep the ready kadubu bowl or plate on the top of the bowl.
11. Close the lid and cook on 10 to 15 minutes. Do not keep the weight. Just keep a tumbler upside down on the top.
12. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes and check to know whether it is cooked. (Insert a knife edge or spoon edge and make sure it is cooked. If the dough is cooked it does not stick to the spoon or knige edge).
 13.Remove the bowl and arrange them in a tray or plate.
14. Serve Millet /Jola kadubu with fresh ghee and coconut chutney.
15 Eat or serve them when they are hot.

 Note : 

You must eat them when they are hot. Eat with any kind of chutney or any side dishes. You can fill them with any veggies of your wish. No need to add any other flour like rice or raagi. Adding hot water to the flour helps the dough to be soft. You can add methi or palak or dil leaves and then prepare the kadubu. You can shape the kadubu as you wish. (Like modaka or like karchikai) . Do not add more water. It is 1 =1 measurements. Youcan wet your hands while kneading  the dough if you feel it is too hard.
Preparation time : 10 minutes.
Cooking time : 20 minutes. 
Total time : 30 minutes.
6 to 8 pieces of kadubu can be prepared.


  1. Love your recipes always. They are so authentic and YUMMY. another beautiful share dear

    1. thank You Kushi S...Love the words you said..It helps me try more and more...dishes ...


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