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Vrat Ke Chawal Ka Pulao | Samvat Pulao Recipe | Sama Rice Pulao

Sama or samvat  is also commonly called as vrat ke chawal. since during fasting we abstain from cereal grains and to make any rice based dishes we use samvat or sama grains instead of rice.

These are not a kind of rice variety or even associated with rice. Basically they are from the millet family. The English name for Sama ke chawal is Barnyard millet. the other Indian names for barnyard millet is vari, varai, sanwa, samwa and swang. They are small tiny millet creamish grains as shown in the pic below.

Ingredients

  • ▢1 cup sama ke chawal or vrat ke chawal or samvat rice or barnyard millet
  • ▢1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ▢½ inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • ▢2-3 cloves
  • ▢2 green cardamoms
  • ▢3-4 whole black pepper
  • ▢½ inch ginger + 1 green chili, crushed in a mortar-pestle
  • ▢8-10 curry leaves
  • ▢1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • ▢2 tablespoon peanuts
  • ▢2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ▢8-10 whole cashews
  • ▢8-10 almonds
  • ▢2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • ▢2.5 to 3 cups water
  • ▢1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • ▢rock salt (edible and food grade) as required (or sendha namak)
  • ▢lemon juice as required
  • ▢lemon wedges as required

Instructions

  • Rinse the sama or barnyard millet a couple of times in water like the way we rinse rice.
  • Soak in enough water for 20-30 minutes.
  • Dry roast the peanuts on a pan or in the oven till they become crunchy.
  • Coarsely powder them in a mortar-pestle or in a dry grinder.
  • Heat oil or ghee.
  • Add all the whole spices – cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and black pepper.
  • Saute till the oil become fragrant and the cumin crackles.
  • Add the crushed ginger-green chili and saute for half a minute on a low flame.
  • Add the cubed potatoes & curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves and saute for 3-4 minutes on a low flame.
  • Now add the peanuts powder and stir.
  • Drain the sama rice and add to the sauted mixture. stir.
  • Add water and salt as required. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or till the water is absorbed and the millet grains are cooked.
  • When the pulao is cooking, you can dry roast the chopped cashews and almonds. 
  • When serving the samvat pulao, garnish with the dry fruits and coriander leaves.
  • When serving also sprinkle some lemon juice in the pulao. You can also keep some lemon wedges by the side of the samvat pulao while serving.

Notes

1. If you are not making the samvat pulao for fasting, then you can add peas, cauliflower, beans to the pulao.

How to make vrat ke chawal ka pulao or samvat pulao

Preparation

1. Rinse 1 cup of sama ke chawal (barnyard millet or samvat rice) a couple of times in water like the way we rinse rice.

vrat ke chawal recipe

2. Soak in enough water for 20-30 minutes.

vrat ke chawal recipe

3. Dry roast 2 tablespoon peanuts on a pan or in the oven till they become crunchy.

vrat ke chawal recipe

4. Coarsely powder them in a mortar-pestle or in a dry grinder.

vrat ke chawal recipe

5. Measure all the ingredients and keep ready for making sama ke chawal ka pulao.

vrat ke chawal recipe

Making vrat ka pulao

6. Heat 2 tablespoon oil or ghee in a pan. I have used ghee.

vrat ke chawal recipe

7. Add all the whole spices – 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera), ½ inch  cinnamon (dalchini), 2 to 3 cloves (Lavang), 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi) and 3 to 4 whole black pepper (sabut kalimirch).

vrat ke chawal recipe

8. Saute till the oil become fragrant and the cumin crackles.

vrat ke chawal recipe

9. Then add the crushed ginger-green chili paste made from ½ inch ginger and 1 green chili. You can crush them in a mortar pestle.

vrat ke chawal recipe

10. Saute for half a minute on a low flame.

vrat ke chawal recipe

11. Add 2 medium sized, cubed potatoes.

vrat ke chawal recipe

12. Also add 8 to 10 curry leaves and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves.

vrat ke chawal recipe

13. Saute for 3-4 minutes on a low flame.

vrat ke chawal recipe

14. Now add the peanuts powder.

vrat ke chawal recipe

15. Stir and mix well.

vrat ke chawal recipe

16. Drain the samvat rice and add them to the sauted mixture.

vrat ke chawal recipe

17. Stir well.

vrat ke chawal recipe

18. Add water as required.

vrat ke chawal recipe

19. Next add rock salt as required.

vrat ke chawal recipe

20. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or till the water is absorbed and the millet grains are cooked.

vrat ke chawal recipe

21. When the pulao is cooking, you can dry roast 8 to 10 cashews and 8 to 10 chopped almonds.

vrat ke chawal recipe

22. When serving the samvat rice pulao, garnish with the dry fruits and coriander leaves. You can also sprinkle some lemon juice in the pulao or you can keep some lemon wedges by the side of the samvat pulao.

vrat ke chawal recipe

24. You can have vrat ke chawal ka pulao plain or with vrat ki kadhi or plain curd

vrat ke chawal ka pulao | samvat pulao recipe | sama rice pulao