Cook's Hideout: Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)

September 12, 2013

Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)

Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter J
Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes from Andhra Pradesh
Dish: Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)
Letter J stands for fruit like Jampandu (Guava) and I can't seem to think of any vegetable name that starts with 'J'!!!!!! J stands for Jonna Pindi/ Jonna Rawa (jowar flour/ rawa). Jonna or jowar or sorghum is a healthy grain that is now slowly being used more and more because of its health benefits. 
J also stands for snack items like crunchy Janthikalu.
Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)
For today's J dish I decided to make kudumulu or modak with jonna pindi or jowar flour. I saw this recipe on a Telugu cooking show. I was skeptical on how these would taste, because I've always used jowar in savory preparations and never in sweet preparations. I was pleasantly surprised how tasty these kudumulu came out to be. They had a very earthy and sweet flavor that was very addictive.
Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)
The original recipe did not have the filling, but I wanted to add some crunch and additional sweeteness through the nuts and raisins. You can use coconut filling or any other filling that you normally would for modak or kozhukattai. These are great to offer as neivedyam to god and are also great as light snack.
Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)Ingredients:
Jonna pindi (Jowar flour/ Sorghum flour) - 1 cup
Jaggery (Bellam) - ½cup
Ground Cardamom - ¼tsp
Ghee - 2tsp
Cashews, Almonds & Raisins - ¼cup, chopped (optional)
Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)
  • In a pan, combine jaggery with 1½cups of water and heat the mixture until jaggery melts. Add  ground cardamom and mix well.
  • Slowly add jowar flour to the mixture and stir continuously to avoid forming lumps. Cook until the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan, about 3-4 minutes. Add the ghee and mix well. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Lightly grease idli mold or other container for steaming and keep ready.
  • Divide the jowar mixture into lemon size balls. Take a ball and flatten it on your palm, place 1-2 tsp chopped dry fruits and close it from all sides and form into either a round or conical shaped kudumulu/ modak. Repeat with the remaining dough. If you choose not to add the filling, then simply make kudumulu with the dough.
  • Place kudumulu on the grease container and steam for 10 minute as you would for idlis. 
  • Enjoy them hot or at room temperature.
Jonna Pindi Kudumulu (Jowar Modak)

Logo courtesy : Preeti
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32.
Previously on A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh:
A for Aava Pettina Aratikaya Kura
B for Bagara Baingan
C for Chimmiri
D for Dosakaya Pachadi
E for Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu
F for Firni
G for Gongura Pulihora
H for Haleem/ Vegetarian Haleem
I for Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru


  1. I too make this modak with dates and sesame stuffing.. chala cute ga vunnay :)

  2. wow thats an very innovative and healthy modak :) looks so cute :) fabulous recipe choice dear !!

  3. Wow, Pavani you rock, seriously am loving your Andhra series, every dish is unique and delicious.

  4. The kudumulu looks so tempting. Love the simple ingredients that you have used to make the modak.

  5. That's really some innovation nice that it turned out well..sometimes I hear athamma recollecting at the weird combinations the cookery show comes out with..:)

  6. wow ! thats a first for me too :) Jowar in a sweet rather than savoury dish ! seems healthy n easy too :)

  7. looks sweet with a nice soft texture. must be delicious

  8. Very innovative! Chala cute ga unnai, Pavani.

  9. Looks so nice and is really healthy too...

  10. Very nutritious kolukattai. I love the filling you have used Pavani...

  11. lovely sweet.. They look healthy & inviting..

  12. that is new to me!! bookmarking it... looks so delicious


  13. Absolutely yummy! love all the treats inside the modak :)

  14. I have used Jola only in kuzhipaniyaram and roti...this is a must try!!Yumm

  15. Sweet treats are always welcome! Such an interesting recipe. Would love to try it out.

  16. A sweet in jowar ? new one for me. I am thrilled. Now I can have my cake and eat it too. Looks so yum.


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