Popped Sorghum

Popped sorghum is a popular snack in India, where it is called jowar dhani.  It’s similar to popcorn but is much smaller.  This recipe can be found on our bags of Whole Grain Sorghum.

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Prep Time 0minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Submitted By Sarah House for Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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  1. Stove top method: Heat a stainless steel pot with a tight fitting lid over medium-high heat. When hot, add sorghum grains and cover with lid. Cook, shaking pot often, until sorghum grains begin to pop. Remove from heat when there are more than 10 seconds between pops. Season with toppings as desired.
  2. Microwave method: Place sorghum grains in a clean small brown paper bag. Fold top down to close and place folded side down in microwave. Heat on high for 2 – 3 minutes (varies depending on microwave's strength). Remove from microwave when there are more than 10 seconds between pops. Season with toppings as desired.
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14 thoughts on “Popped Sorghum

  1. Marilyn Lazarus

    I am extremely disappointed. I love popped sorghum. When I first tried the stovetop method, it worked well. After that, it didn’t. All I got was a stained (burned) pot and less than half the sorghum popped. That was both with and without oil. I stood there and shook it continually. One time I used a wooden spoon to keep moving it around. What I got out of it wasn’t worth cleaning the burned stainless steel Farberware pot. The stovetop method was much worse. I’ve tried it four different times. The most I got was a small handful of popped sorghum. I tried it for different lengths of time in a brown paper bag as suggested. The microwave is a good, high quality microwave. The sorghum that was past the best buy date actually did better than the sorghum that is still good with the expiration date almost a year away. I’m not sure what else to do.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Marilyn,
      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had such a bad experience with this product. I’ve emailed you directly to better address your concerns.

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  2. Veronika Kratka

    Hello, Re. the microwave method – what amoun od sorgum you put into the bag ? and what size of the bag ? Is the bag same as for microwave popcorn ? Thank you Veronika

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hello,
      You can use the recipe listed for the microwave method- 1/4 cup- and use a small paper bag (like a paper lunch bag or similar).

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  3. Laurel Rockwell

    MAJOR FAIL!!!!
    Tried the stove top method. Followed directions exactly. Chose what I thought was a good pan. All I got was a pot full of yellow smoke and burned sorghum grains, a pot that will require some scrubbing, and a kitchen that stink like a pot of burned stuff!
    Wonder if my dry popcorn popper would work???
    I am scared to try. Don’t want to ruin my popper.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Laurel,
      We’re sorry you had a disappointing experience with this recipe, but thank you for letting us know. I’ve emailed you directly to better address your concerns.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Pamela,
      We’re sorry you’ve been having some issues popping your sorghum! You may try adding a small amount of oil when popping and try popping a smaller amount. Its normal to have some grains that wont pop, but if none of your grains are popping you may just have a bag that is very tough or dry or similar. If you call one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-349-2173, we would be happy to help you further if needed- we’re available Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, Pacific Standard Time.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Carol,
      We’re sorry for the frustration- we’ve emailed you further to better address your experience.

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  4. Thomas

    Really wanted this to work. Couldn’t find your product in the store so I ordered online and tracked the package with great anticipation. Unfortunately my popping experiences were not good. I tried following the best advice I could find on the Internet including the advice on your website. Put a screen on my air popper to keep it from flying out but eventually there was a lot of smoke and nothing was popping, so I aborted that. On the stovetop the sorghum started getting pretty dark and there was smoke and only a few pops. I was shaking the pot and moving the sorghum around with a long handled wooden spoon. Aborted that. In the microwave with a bigger bag maybe 15% of everything popped. With a smaller bag, I had to let it go longer and got only a few pops after that. So I’m stumped. You guys must be able to get it to pop. At this point I prefer the microwave. Tell me exactly how big your bag is ( measurements) and how much sorghum you’re putting in it. I’ve been doing 2 to 3 minutes at full power but I’ll have to figure out how my microwave is rated. Looking forward to getting ourselves on the same page. Thanks.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Thomas,
      Thank you for sharing your feedback on this product and preparation method. I’ve sent you an email directly to better address the issues you’ve experienced.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Alana,
      We’ve only tried using a paper bag in the microwave although you may be interested in the stove-top method if you don’t have paper bags handy.

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