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Sama Khichdi or Varicha Bhaat

Sama Khichdi or Varicha Bhaat

This Khichdi is a great option for Navratri Fasting meals. Its lower in calories than Sabudana Khichdi, and is richer in protien. Sama, or Barnyard Millets, are great for thise watching their gluten intake even if you’re not fasting. This recipe is designed for a great fasting option beyond sabudana and fried items. Adding peanuts and coconut slows down the rate of absorption in the body – keeping you full and sated for longer during your fasting days.


½ cup Sama ke chawal (Moraiyo or barnyard millet)
1 tablespoon Ghee (clarified butter)
½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
2 tablespoons Peanuts 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut
1 Green chili chopped finely
1 medium or ¾ cup Potatoes peeled and chopped
Rock salt (sendha namak) to taste
1 1/3 cups Water
½ tablespoon Lemon juice
few Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely


Wash barnyard millet and soak for 10 minutes. Then discard the soaking water.
Heat the ghee or oil in a pan. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
Then fry peanuts for a minute or till it gets light brown in color.
Add chopped green chilies and fry for few seconds.
Mix in cubed potatoes with sendha namak.
Then add soaked millet. Mix and cook for a minute.
Add 1 1/3 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
This khichdi has rice grain seperated, but if you like the consistency little loose and runny like usual khichdi then increase the quantity of water accordingly while cooking.
Once starts boiling, cover the pan and lower the heat to LOW. let it cook for 17 minutes.
After that open the lid. Add the grated fresh coconut.
Fluff up the sama rice using spoon or fork.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice. Add chopped corriander if desired.


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