How to make Jowar Bhakri with Thecha -

Wholesome meal much enjoyed in rural Maharashtra.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Jowar flour, Green chillies (हरी मिर्च )

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Breads

Jowar Bhakri with Thecha

Jowar Bhakri with Thecha Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Jowar Bhakri with Thecha Recipe

  • Jowar flour 1 cup + for dusting

  • Green chillies broken 6-8

  • Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds ½ teaspoon

  • Garlic crushed 1 tablespoon

  • Sesame seeds (til) 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Scraped coconut fresh ¼ cup

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespoon


Step 1

To make thecha, heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds and sauté till fragrant.

Step 2

Add garlic, mix and sauté for a minute. Add green chillies, mix and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Add sesame seeds, mix and sauté for a minute. Add salt and mix well.

Step 4

Add coconut, mix and sauté till it turns golden. Add coriander leaves and mix well.

Step 5

Transfer in a mortar and crush coarsely with a pestle. Set aside.

Step 6

To make bhakri, take the flour in a bowl. Add salt and sufficient water, mix and knead into a semi-soft dough.

Step 7

Divide the dough into equal portions. Dust the worktop with some flour, keep the portions on it and roll out into medium size bhakris.

Step 8

Heat a non-stick tawa. Place a bhakri, sprinkle some water and roast, turning sides, till evenly done and golden on both sides.

Step 9

Serve hot bhakris with thecha.

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