Samak rice is a fruit and not a cereal and that’s why it can be eaten in fasts. It is very easy to digest and tastes very much like rice. Jeera Samak Rice is perfect for Navratri or Shivratri fasts. It’s tasty, it’s healthy and pretty filling too. It goes great with Aloo Ka Raita.
|Preparation Time:||30 minutes|
|Samak rice (sama ke chawal)||1 cup|
|Rock Salt||1 tsp|
|Cumin seeds (jeera)||1 tsp|
- Dry roast Samak Rice in a pan till they start to brown. Do not skip this part because otherwise rice sticks and becomes lumpy.
- Heat ghee in a nonstick pan and add cumin seeds. Once they puff up, add the roasted samak rice and salt and mix well. If you are using regular salt instead of rock salt, use a little less because regular salt is more salty than rock salt.
- Add 3 cups of water. Close the lid and let it cook on high heat. Once the water boils, reduce the heat and let it cook covered. Keep stirring gently every once in a while.
- Samak Rice will slowly absorb all the water.
- At that point, turn off the heat. Let it cook in its own heat for 10 minutes and the serve Jeera Samak Rice with Aloo Ka Raita.
- Try to use a nonstick pan for this because rice may stick.
- You can adjust the water a little bit if you find it too dry or too runny.
- Samak Rice is also known as Jungle Rice, Bhagar, Samo, Varicha tandul and Echinocloa colona. It is high on calcium, potassium, phosphorus and amino acids except lysine.