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Sama upma ; barnyard millet with vegetables;

It's the Festive season in India! It's starts from navratra and will continue for the whole year . We Indians really enjoy festivals and celebrate each of them very enthusiastically. In a few festivals we keep fasts and in a few we celebrate with full pomp and show . Navratra is a nine day festival .During navratra some people keeps nine days fast and only eat fruits and fruits substitutes. 

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 exactly 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. sama rice are a good health option during fasting days and also make a good gluten free grain.


1 cup sama or vrat ke chawal or barnyard millet
2 green cardamoms
3-4 whole black pepper
½ inch ginger 
2-3 green chilles
2-3 curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp peanuts
2 medium potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 carrot , peeled & cubed
8 whole cashews
8 almonds
2 tbsp oil or ghee
2 cups water
2 tomatoes 
1 tbsp chopped coriander for garnish
rock salt/sendha namak as required
lemon juice and lemon wedges as required

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 crush them with rolling pin.
heat oil or ghee in a skillet . And add all the whole spices like..
whole red chilli , cardamom and black pepper.
saute till the oil become fragrant .
add the crushed ginger & green chili and saute for half a minute on a low flame.
add the cubed potatoes , carrot & 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. Add tomatoes at this time and mix well . Now add 2 cups of water  .
when the upma is cooking, you can dry roast the cashews and almonds.
when serving the sama upma.  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 sama upma while serving.
If you are not making the sama / barnyard upma for fasting, then you can add peas, cauliflower, beans to the upma and normal masalas like salt, red chilli powder, chat masala and jeera powder.
 you are just one click away from all  interesting fasting recipes like DAHI VADA , PANEER, KUTU PURI etc etc. at food for fasting  .


anubhuti said…
Perfect recipe ..this recipe was a great respite this navratre!! thanks to you
semiya upma said…
very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards, upma recipe

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