Recently updated on October 15th, 2020
Samak Rice Pulao | Vrat ka Pulao | Falahari Pulao | Sama Pulao is fragrant and flavourful pulao recipe that takes this rice to an altogether different level, thus tempting you to gorge on this not just during fasts but also on non-fasting days. And yes, it’s vegan as well as gluten-free too!
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Sama Pulao At My Place
Using Sama rice during fasting is an age-old practice and our family has been using it too. But as they were made plain, basically, just boiled rice, therefore I was not a huge fan of it. But ever since I have started making Pulao with this rice the storey has changed completely. Not only me, but the whole family loves it.
The addition of fried potatoes, cottage cheese and whole spices make it so fragrant. Once you start msking it this way, then I am sure you will not wait for Navratras, Rather you will make it round the year.
Have you tried Sama Halwa? Tastes excellent just like that of semolina.
Samak rice (Barnyard Millet), Sabudana (Sago), Kuttu Atta (Buckwheat flour), Singhare ka Atta (Chestnut flour), Rajgira atta (Amaranth flour) are the most sought for ingredients in fasting days. Earlier there used to be very simple preparations using these ingredients but with time and evolution in the food industry, many innovative dishes are made using these items.
I too have started making many interesting dishes with these. Now, fasting is more like feasting. Earlier I thought that why have all these fancy items if one is fasting? But then a thought triggered that if we can have varieties in food why not offer the same to our Gods and Goddesses. Also, as long as we are observing the fasting rules, it is fine to have varied dishes.
If you fast during Navratras, then do check my Navratra Recipes Collection.
A Little About Samak Rice
Sama or Samak rice is known by different names in different regions. Like:
- Shyama in Bengali, Moraiyo in Gujarati,
- Sanwa or Samvat or Swang ke Chawal in Hindi,
- Oodalu in Kannada, Kuthiraivolly in Tamil and
- Udalu in Telugu and
- Barnyard Millet in English.
- It is also called Jungle Rice.
But I think the best is to call this as Vrat Ke Chawal or Rice used in Fasting.
As cereal grains are prohibited during fasts, Sama rice is a healthy replacement for rice eaters. Sama is a seed of grass and not cereal.
Actually, Sama is a millet. They do not belong to the rice family.
Then why is it called rice? Because the barnyard millet tastes almost similar to broken rice when cooked, it is called the “sanwa rice”. It does not cook into separate grains like long grained rice. The millet is tiny, white, round grain, bigger in size than semolina (rawa) and smaller than sago (sabudana).
Also, we can make all those dishes with Sama rice which are made with rice like boiled rice, pulao, idli, halwa, kheer etc.
How about having Millet Pizza, using Sama rice?
Benefits of Sama or Barnyard Millet
Sama, being a millet is full of benefits.
- It is rich in digestible fibres, minerals and vitamins and offers excellent nourishment.
- It is gluten-free. So it is very good for all who are allergic to gluten and cannot have wheat/semolina etc.
- It helps in reducing weight. How? This is because, being fibre rich, it makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time thus reducing the food intake.
- It is low in glycemic index which makes it good for diabetics.
Click here to know more about the benefits of Sama Rice.
Seeing the benefits of Sama rice, don’t you think that we should consume it round the year and not just during fasts?
One more good thing about this pulao is that you can enjoy it hot as well cold. Thus becomes a good option to pack it in the lunch box.
Tips to Make Sama Rice Pulao
Today, let’s make yummy pulao with this rice.
- I have used whole spices, potatoes and cottage cheese in this pulao. You may add or omit anything depending upon what all you consume during fasts. This is because different people follow different diets in fasts.
- What is important is to follow the ratio of rice and water. I use 2.5 cups of water for every 1 cup of Samak rice. Just remember this ratio and make variations in pulao as per your liking and preferences. Use any cup but then use the same cup for measuring both the Sama rice as well as the water.
- Do not soak this rice for long. Soaking for just 15-20 minutes is sufficient.
- If making for non-fast days then you can add other vegetables like peas, beans etc.
- One thing more, it gets cooked very quickly, just 5 minutes. So, cook potatoes up to 90% before adding rice to it. Otherwise, potatoes will remain raw.
- Whole spices, green chilli and ginger give very good aroma to this pulao. Lemon juice adds not only flavour but also helps in keeping the grains separated.
- Some people like to add cashews, almonds and raisins in the pulao. You may add these in the last and mix lightly. For this, first, saute cashews and almonds in little ghee and then add.
- I prefer adding roasted and crushed peanuts. Crunchy peanuts taste awesome in this pulao.
10 Brownie Points of My Sama Rice Pulao
- It’s a vegan recipe.
- Also, gluten-free.
- Easy and quick recipe.
- Fragrant and flavourful.
- Being a millet, full of health benefits.
- Very filling and yet light on the digestive system.
- Perfect ratio of rice and water.
- Pulao is with separated grains and not mushy.
- Can be eaten hot as well as room temperature.
- Its low glycemic index, makes it ideal for diabetics too.
Detailed Recipe of Sama Pulao with Step By Step Pics
- Clean, wash and soak Sama rice.
- Chop potatoes and cottage cheese.
- In a pan, put clarified butter. When reasonably hot, add whole spices- bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom.
- Put chopped potatoes.
- Cook on medium heat till 90% cooked and slightly brown in colour.
- Add cumin seeds, green chilli and ginger. (I forgot at this stage so added later)
- Add fried cottage cheese. I air-fried it in my air fryer.
- Keep soaked sama rice in the colander for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Put the above rice in the pan.
- Saute on medium flame for a minute or so.
- Add water and salt. Keep the flame high.
- When the boil comes, reduce the flame to low and cover the pan.
- Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove lid.
- Add lemon juice.
- Add roasted nuts and chopped Coriander.
- Serve with devotion, curd and green chutney optional. If desired, garnish with grated carrot, to add colour.
Sama Pulao For Non-Fasting Days
This millet pulao is so delicious that you can have it during non-fasting days too. If making it for having without fasts, then add veggies like onion, peas, beans etc and you will have a sumptuous vegetable sama pulao.
I hope you have liked this recipe for Sama Rice Pulao and will surely try it out for your loved ones. I will be happy if you share your creations on Instagram and tag me #samirasrecipediary there.
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Recipe Card of Samak Rice Pulao
An easy and quick recipe perfect to have on any day of the year, not just fasts.
- 1/2 Cup 100 g Samak Rice
- 2 Potatoes Medium Sized
- 100 g Cottage Cheese Paneer
- 1 Pc Bayleaf (Tejpatta)
- 1/4 " Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
- 2 or 3 Cloves (Laung)
- 1 Black Cardamom (Badi Elaichi)
- 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
- 1 Tbsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)
- 1 Tsp Rock Salt (Saindha Namak)
- 1 or 2 Green Chilli
- 1/2 Tsp Ginger grated or minced
- 1.25 Cups Water
- 1/4 Cup Roasted and Crushed Peanuts
- Few Roasted Almonds Cashews (Optional)
- Few Raisins Optional
- 2 or 3 Tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves
- 1 Tbsp Carrot Grated (Optional)
Clean rice. Wash them and soak for 15 minutes. During this time do the following preparations.
Peel Potatoes. Chop into small pieces. We chop it small to match with the small granules of rice. If cut big, they may look odd.
Similarly, cut cottage cheese in small cubes.
Put a pan on the flame. Heat Clarified Butter (ghee) in it.
When reasonably hot, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom.
Put chopped potatoes. Cook on medium flame till 90% cooked and slightly brown in colour.
Add cumin seeds, green chilli and ginger.
To this, add fried cottage cheese cubes. (See Note 1)
Now reduce the flame, and keep the soaked rice in the colander for 20 to 30 seconds so that all water drains out.(See Note 2)
Put the drained rice in the pan.
Saute on medium flame for about one minute, stirring continuously.
Add water and salt. Keep the flame high.
When the boil comes, reduce the flame and cover the pan.
After about 4 to 5 minutes, your pulao will be ready. (See Note 3)
It will be mushy like upma.
Squeeze lemon juice.
Keep it covered for 5 to 10 minutes.
Add roasted and crushed peanuts, cashews, almonds, raisins and lot of chopped coriander.
Serve with devotion, curd and chutney optional.
- You may use any cup for measuring rice but then use the same cup for measuring water too.
- You may saute paneer with potatoes or separately. I did it in the air fryer.
- It is better to put soaked rice in the colander to drain off the water. This is because the granules are so small that it is difficult to do with hands as we do for normal rice.
- If the pulao seems too dry, you may add 1 or 2 tablespoon water more. But not more than that.