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

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vrat ke chawal ka pulao or samvat pulao recipe is a simple and easy pulao.

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vrat ke chawal ka pulao recipe with step by step photos – this sama rice pulao is made during navratri fasting or ekadashi fasting.

vrat ke chawal recipe

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.

sama rice are good health option during fasting days and also make a good gluten free grain. you can have them plain or with vrat ki kadhi.

sama rice or vrat ke chawal

this millet is frequently used during religious fasting days in india. generally i make a simple plain rice, khichdi and this pulao from sama ke chawal. but you can also make sama ke rice ki idli, sama rice khichdi and sama rice kheer recipe.

in india, fasting rules varies from community to community. its always better to check with your family members before deciding the menu. while making this samvat pulao, i have added whole garam masala and curry leaves. but some families, don’t use garam masala and curry leaves during fasting. so you can skip adding whole garam masala and curry leaves. if in doubt then please ask elders in your family about the fasting do’s and dont’s.

vrat ke chawal recipe

if you are looking for more fasting recipes then do check sabudana khichdi, singhare ki puri, jeera alookaddu ki sabzi, vrat wale aloo and rajgira paratha recipe.

vrat ke chawal ka pulao recipe below:

vrat ke chawal ka pulao, samvat pulao recipe
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vrat ke chawal ka pulao | samvat pulao recipe

vrat ke chawal ka pulao or samvat pulao recipe is a simple and easy pulao.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 45 minutes
servings 2 -3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

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

how to make recipe

  1. rinse the sama or barnyard millet a couple of times in water like the way we rinse rice.
  2. soak in enough water for 20-30 minutes.
  3. dry roast the peanuts on a pan or in the oven till they become crunchy.
  4. coarsely powder them in a mortar-pestle or in a dry grinder.
  5. heat oil or ghee.
  6. add all the whole spices - cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and black pepper.
  7. saute till the oil become fragrant and the cumin crackles.
  8. add the crushed ginger-green chili and saute for half a minute on a low flame.
  9. add the cubed potatoes & curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves and saute for 3-4 minutes on a low flame.
  10. now add the peanuts powder and stir.
  11. drain the sama rice and add to the sauted mixture. stir.

  12. add water and salt as required. pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or till the water is absorbed and the millet grains are cooked.

  13. when the pulao is cooking, you can dry roast the chopped cashews and almonds. 

  14. when serving the samvat pulao, garnish with the dry fruits and coriander leaves.
  15. 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.

recipe notes

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

2. i wanted the millet grains to have a good soft texture so have added 3 cups water. please reduce the water to 2.5 cups for a more separate texture.

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how to make vrat ke chawal ka pulao or samvat pulao recipe:

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

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 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 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 or with fasting recipes like vrat ke aloo or aloo tamatar sabzi or dahi aloo or dahi arbi or aloo palak.

vrat ke chawal recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi,
    Do you have any recipe for sannas (idlis made either in mangalore or Goa) which have a sweet touch to it.

    • connie, i have not yet posted sannas. its difficult to get toddy where we are currently based. so i have not made them as yet and not even experimented making them with yeast.

  2. hello Dassana!
    thank you for the best recipes in the world! You are my endless inspiration for cooking and being patient and kind.
    Can i ask 1 question about this recipe? in russia we traditionally cook millet with pumpkin. Can i substitute potato with pumpkin in this recipe? or it wouldn’t be good?
    thank you!

    • thank you ksenia. yes you can use pumpkin. with pumpkin though, there will be some sweet notes in the pulao.

  3. Can u plz add some paneer recipes for navratri fasting ….all ur recipes are gr8 ..I had tried many and they are tasty

  4. I am really thankful to you for giving us unlimited and authentic recipes, I have prepared lots of dishes from your recipes and enjoyed taste of different Indian cuisine. Thank you once again, God bless you.

    • we are pleased to know this dilip thankyou so much for your kind words and god bless you too 🙂