Jolada avalakki mixture – sorghum jar snack

South indian mixture
The mixture is a south Indian snack for festivals and other days.  The deep fried crunchy, savoury snack now doubt is very very tasty. It is the deep fried part that makes trouble.  So, it is either a bowl of low oil kara pori  (rice puffs mixture) or avalakkchiwda that I resort to during these times.
Going through the facebook pages one day, I chanced upon the Jollada (sorghum, jowar) avalakki mixture and I did happen to have a small pack I picked up from a recent travel.  A-ha!!!!  It was instant gratification and I really enjoyed trying out that batch.
I felt it is flakier and crispier than the rice flakes version. That finished before even I could snap a picture.
It prompted me to get another bigger bag when I chanced upon it and enjoy the 1 tsp oil version,  varying slightly on the original recipe to add in my preferences.  Oh yes… We did manage to capture a video version too so you could see how easy it is.
Here it is

Sorghum or Jowar

Sorghum,  cheru cholam, Jola, jowar is a grain widely used in North Karnataka ( India) cuisine to prepare flatbread. Also called “Milo” it was predominantly a fodder grain. the plant exhibits the high tolerance to drought and hence a crop researched more and more in the recent years.
It is one of the top 5 healthiest grains of the world.
Rich in calcium. Iron,  phosphorus and fibre, this grain is effective in control of cholesterol and bowel disorders like constipation. 
This grain is high protein and low fat in comparison to corn.
Moreover, It is gluten-free and effective for coeliac  patients.
 The biggest advantage of this recipe is that it is a great jar snack. grab a handful when you are hungry as soon as you are back home and be guilt free ( not so oily, as you crave for). Further, here is something we love to do. Add this to a bowl of Kachumber salad, right before eating and you have a more sumptuous quick meal( don’t keep it too long for it to go soggy)

 Easy jar snacks on the blog for after school snacks


The original recipe to the mixture is here and scroll down for the details of the low oil, nut loaded version.
South indian mixture

Jolada avalakki mixture - sorghum jar snack

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snacks, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Karnataka, Kids choice, One pot, South indian, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 10 people
Calories 181 kcal


Main ingredient

  • 3 cups sorghum flakes (store bought)


  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Urad Dal ,skinned black gram
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (vary as per taste)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 6-7 curry leaves

Nuts and seeds

  • 1/4 cup almonds Add more if you like
  • 1/4 cup cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp melon seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


  • Keep all the ingredients ready
  • Set a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat
  • When the pan is hot add the mustard seeds and the urad dal
  • As the mustrad begins to splutter, add the nut and roast them well
  • When the nuts are crunchy, add the curry leaves to crisp
  • Follow this with salt, asafoetida, chilli powder, turmeric and saute for a quick minute. ( be careful as the chilli powder tends to burn)
  • Add the jowar flakes and mix well, so the flavourings coat the flakes well.
  • Remove from heat and allow it to stay in the heat of the pan for 5 minutes
  • Transfer to a dry airtight container to keep.
  • Use a dry bowl to remove the necessary amount. Any bit of moisture will make it go soggy.
  • Serve with a cup of tea or topping a salad.


Vary the nuts and seeds as per what you have, you can add peanuts, pepitas, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds or any other.
The chilli powder I have used is a mild one, so vary the amount based on the heat you can tolerate.


Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0.004mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 205mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1g
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Shobha Keshwani
5 years ago

Nice and healthy chewda .. perfect tea time snack.

5 years ago

I would love to have it with my evening cuppa…

5 years ago

Perfect snack for evening tea time. Healthy and tasty too, looks yummy as well.

5 years ago

How lucky you are to get the sorghum flakes. I have not seen them yet in Indian stores in the Boston area.
Snack mixes like these are a favorite of mine.

5 years ago

Healthy Chivda recipes which has sorghum also which is healthier. I love the simple recipe

geetha priyanka
5 years ago

Such an easy and healthy dish to prepare in a jiffy. I must check if I can get sorgham flakes in asian stores here in UK. Lovely share..

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

Such a guilt free snack to munch without any fuss. Definitely my kind of snacks. Have to hunt for this jowar avalakki. Wish get a pack of these healthy flakes.

5 years ago

This is the only kind of chivda that I can make. Where the poha/flakes are pre roasted. Make a mess when I try roasting them. Love the chivda.

Geetanjali Tung
5 years ago

Sounds healthy and tasty!! Perfect evening snack☺ Thanks for sharing!!!

5 years ago

Perfect low calorie evening snack to binge on with a cup of coffee/tea….Yummy share!!

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Perfect tea time snack !Healthy and tasty !

5 years ago

Looks like a great healthy tea time snack. Is that similar to one which we make using poha

5 years ago

I love this anytime. A perfect snack with a cup of tea, south indians favourite snack I must say.

5 years ago

Nice . Lovely and healthy share. Tastes best with tea. Very suitable for evening hunger.

5 years ago

This snack is perfect for tea time and healthy too. a great share Seema.

5 years ago

Oh, I never seen jowar flakes before, I need to find here. Chivda with healthy ingredients sounds so delicious.

5 years ago

I wish we could get sorghum flakes here so I could try this tasty and healthy snack. Love reading about the health benefits too.

5 years ago

Never tried sorghum flakes Seema, it sounds a perfect guilt free snack

Ritu Tangri
5 years ago

I love this type of mixture to snack on… Totally guilt free.

5 years ago

I just love these healthy snacks that can be eaten guilt free anytime.Fantastic recipe Seema.

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