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Jowar Roti and Chicken Saaru (Gowda style spicy chicken curry)



And its Saturday again and with Saturday comes Kitchen Divas. This time I bring to you Jowar Roti and Chicken Saaru. My househelp (the live in as well as the one that comes for what we call as top work) are becoming my go to resource for the Karnataka recipes. Its so much fun discussing techniques, food, habits with them.


Gowda Chicken Saaru


This chicken saaru recipe is directly from the village of the househelp, they call it the Gowda Style Chicken Saaru recipe and typically eat it with either jowar rotis or Ragi mudde. The thick gravy is spicy with an undertone of coriander and the tang from tomato, I think it is perfect for the handrolled jowar roti’s.

At this point of time I have to add a little note about Chicken, From a past few years I have been fast running away from chicken. I find it tasteless and I would often see myself reaching out for veg food if the choice is limited to chicken and veg plus the thought of injected antibiotics and hormones looming in your head. I had almost stopped eating chicken, till I discovered free range organic range and now we are back to eating chicken regularly at home. Infact I have moved completely to organic when it comes to milk, chicken and eggs. Somehow I can’t get myself to eat non organic versions of this. For notes of where I buy this

Milk – Aksayakalpa

Eggs – Kansal or Happy Hens

Chicken – Lumiere (they also have a lot of other organic stuff which I love)

Jowar Roti


What I loved about the whole process was making of the jowar rotis. Kneaded with warm water, rolled thin with hands. It reminded me of my granny and the way she used to roll makki ki rotis in winter.

Recipe – Jowar Roti And Chicken Saaru 

For the Jowar Roti 

Makes 10

What I used

  • 1 cup Jowar Atta
  • pinch of salt
  • warm water to knead atta

How I made it

  • Knead jowar atta and warm water to make a soft dough. Knead the dough for about 6-8 minutes till it is really soft.
  • Now distribute in 10 portions, roll out each portion using chakla and dusted hands into a really thin roti. This is the trickiest part. My househelp showed me a couple of them and then I was able to roll. Initially you might not be able to roll it very thin, its ok make it as thin as possible.
  • Cook this on a really hot tawa. Now as soon as you put the roti on the tava using a tissue paper or a brush, wet the side on the top with water. This helps keeping the roti soft.
  • Flip and cook the other side

Jowar Roti

For the Chicken Saaru 

Serves 2-3

What I used

  • 1/2 kg Chicken cut in medium sized pieces
  • 2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Oil + 1 tsp oil
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • For the masala paste
    • 1/4 cup coconut
    • 4 ripe tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
    • 2 green chillies
    • 2 dry red chillies
    • 1/2 inch ginger
    • 3-4 garlic pods
    • 2 tsp poppy seeds
    • 1 tbsp roasted chanana dal
    • 1 tbsp sambhar powder

How I made it

  • Dry roast poppy seeds till they start turning brown. Grind these with the rest of the masala ingredients into a smooth paste. Adding as little water as possible
  • Now in a heavy bottom pan, heat 2 tsp oil. Add curry leaves and onions. Fry till onions are translucent
  • To this add the masala paste and 1 tsp oil and cook for 8-10 minutes till the masala is fully cooked. You will have to keep stirring this often since it can get stuck at the bottom.
  • Now add the chicken pieces and fry for 5 minutes till they are coated with the masala
  • Add about 2 cups of hot water to this and continue cooking till the chicken is cooked and you have a thick brownish gravy. Serve hot with jowar rotis or ragi mudde or rice

Gowda Chicken Saaru

The “Jowar Roti & Chicken Saaru” is part of the endeavor to create a collection of recipes of Traditional Indian Cuisines in collaboration with a few bloggers who share the same passion of cooking. Find more Traditional Recipes from Karnataka by #TheKichenDivas. Also check the Pinterest board

1. Channa Gassi by Saffron Trail (

2. Rava Idli by FunFoodFrolic (

3. Ragi Ambil by WhiskAffair (

4.Thouthe Kodel (Mangalore Cucumber Curry) by Archana’s Kitchen (

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