Ghoogri Recipe - Jowar Upma

Ghoogri Recipe is a traditional and healthy recipe made with sorghum or jowar and is similar to the sabudana khichdi.

Farrukh Aziz Ansari
Ghoogri Recipe - Jowar Upma
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Ghoogri is a savory pilaf or khichdi made from sorghum aka jowar along with choice of veggies. I preferred using carrot, peas and green pepper for ghoogri. This is a unique recipe which is loaded with nutrition and taste. Jowar is soaked overnight and boiled until cooked but chewy. Then it is sautéed with veggies and spices. This makes an ideal meal that can also be packed into your office lunch boxes. Ghoogri is generally eaten on its own and makes a wholesome healthy meal.

You can also make the Ghoogri similarly with wheat as well and it tastes just as delicious. 

Serve Ghoogri with a hot cup of Masala Chai for breakfast.

If you like this recipe, you can also try similar recipes such as

  1. Quinoa Brown Rice and Vegetable Pulao
  2. Saffron Pilaf
  3. Mixed Vegetable Pulao
  4. Aloo Dum Biryani


Cuisine: Rajasthani
Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

90 M

Total in

100 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Jowar Seeds , soaked for 9 to 10 hours
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , chopped
  • 1 cup Green peas (Matar) , shelled
  • 1/2 cup Carrot (Gajjar) , chopped
  • 1/3 cup Onions , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoons Green Chillies , crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic , crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger , grated
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee , or oil
  • Water , as required
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , a few for garnish

How to make Ghoogri Recipe - Jowar Upma

  1. To begin making Ghoogri Recipe, firstly boil the soaked jowar in enough water till the cooker releases 8 to 9 whistles The level of the water in the cooker should be approximately 2 inches above.

  2. The boiled jowar should be cooked well but chewy and not mushy. Strain out the residual water and use few tablespoons of it while cooking the spices later.

  3. In a kadhai heat ghee. Add cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.

  4. Add crushed green chilies, ginger and garlic, and saute for few seconds. Add onions and saute them until they are soft and pink.

  5. Add carrot and green peas, saute for a minute. Add few tablespoons of water from the boiled jowar, cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Once the carrots and peas are cooked add chopped capsicum, garam masala powder, sugar and mix well.

  6. Add boiled jowar and toss well. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes. Lastly, add lemon juice and mix everything well.

  7. Transfer the Ghoogri into a serving plate, garnish with green coriander leaves and serve.

  8. Serve Ghoogri with a hot cup of Masala Chai for breakfast.