5 Fascinating Uses Of Cholam (Sorghum Millets)!

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benefits of millets

Experts suggest that sorghum millet should be a part of their daily regular diet. They are nutritional, non glutinous and not acid forming foods and they make digestion easier.

Drought-resistant and heat resistant,
Millet is a poor man’s bonaza
High in protein, iron, calcium
They substitute rice and wheat well

“There is a need for dietary modifications because of sedentary lifestyle. A proper diet has become very important and billets have become the best bet! ” Said Dr. A.Sharadhadevi, Dean, Home science college, ANGRAU. They are high in fibre and satiate hunger quickly preventing from overeating”, she added.

Let’s dive into the topic straight! Have you heard of sorghum millet?


Global demand of Sorghum millets has increased dramatically between 2013 and 2015 when China began purchasing US sorghum crops to use a livestock feed as a substitute for domestically grown corn.

China purchased 1 billion worth of American Sorghum per year until April 2018 when China imposed retailiatory duties on American sorghum as part of the trade war between two countries.

Known as sorghum in English, Jowar in (hindi) is globally touted as the new quinoa for its gluten free, whole grain goodness.

Sorghum millets also known as cholam in Tamil and Jonna in Telugu is considered one of the staples among western and southern parts of India.


Nutritional Boons Of Sorghum Millet

1. Boosts circulation

Iron and copper are the two important minerals found in cholam. Iron is necessary for increasing the level of heme in anaemic people.

Copper enhances the iron absorption in the body. Thus, it boosts up circulation and reduce the chances of anemia.


2. Take millets and boosts your energy!

We wake up in the morning hoping if there is 5 minutes more to get tucked in our bed again, an unwilling bath, quick breakfast, inattentive travel, dull work, idle lunch, look at our watch for another 3 hours to get home for a drowsy dinner and a slothful sleep!

This cycle repeats again? Are we the only one who is feeling tired throughout the day?

Have we think any solution for this? Sorghum millets contains vitamin B3 (niacin), it helps to convert food into energy by aiding enzymes.

It plays an important role in cell signalling and repairing DNA in addition to acting as a antioxidant.


3. Relieves Constipation

Constipation is a symptom, not a disease.The dietery fiber present in cholam millets helps ease digestion and add bulk to our stools and make stools pass without inconvenience. It can also treat diarrhoea, bloating and stomach ache.


4. Best Option For Weight Loss!

They have a increased concentration of dietary fibre when compared to other grains. A single serving contains more than 12 grams.

This high fibre content satiete hunger leading to decreased appetite and hence weight loss! Sounds good right?


5. Its Good To Be Aware Of Your Cholesterol Levels!

The high abundance of fibre helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels thus decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular related problems.

The cholesterol lowering property automatically decreases the risk of plague formation within blood vessels.

They also contain magnesium, iron, vitamin E, vitamin B to regulate the heart rate and proper functioning of cardiac muscles.


How to add sorghum to my food?

Should I need to give up my favourite dishes? No, it’s not that difficult. All you need to do is replace your ingredients with sorghum millet!

Ingredients needed:

  • Cholam                  -1 cup
  • Raw rice                -1/2 cup
  • Idli rice               – 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal               – 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds -1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds      -1 tsp
  • Chana dal              -2 tbsp
  • Curd chillies          -3 broken
  • Oil                      -as needed
  • To add as such
  • Onions                    -2 (big)
  • Curry leaves          -2 spring
  • Coriander leaves  – 1 handful


  • Soak cholam, raw rice, idli rice, urad dal, Fenugreek seeds with needed water for 4 hrs or overnight.
  • Grind everything into a fine batter with needed salt and water.
  • Consistency need a little thick.
  • Ferment in overnight or 8-9 hrs.
  • Before making paniyaram, heat the oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters and Channa dal and curd chillies. Saute till dal and chillies turn golden brown colour and add it into batter.
  • Add finely chopped onions, curry leaves, coriander leaves to the batter. Mix them well. Now batter preparations is ready.

Paniyaram preparation

  • Heat the paniyaram pan,when pan is hot, add oil in each partition using spoon and then add batter.
  • You could find holes in batter when one side is cooked.
  • Then flip the paniyaram, spoon with little oil. When both sides are cooked and it turns golden brown, remove from pan either by spoon or knife.


Buying Guide

Who doesn’t like noodles? Standard have their best Sorghum Noodles. Buy Standard Sorghum Noodles at affordable price.



Reference links:

  • http://www.fao.org/3/t0818e/T0818E01.htm
  • www.healthifyme.com/blog/7-reasons-why-jowar-sorghum-is-good-for-your-health/
  • http://avanniorganics.com/Millets
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millet

Originally posted 2020-01-22 22:34:55.

Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.
Elakeya I am a young Physician Associate by career but always love to write! I expertise in medical writing, nutrition, cooking, and even travel and food.

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