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. Samak Rice Pulao is perfect for Navratri or Shivratri fasts. It’s tasty, it’s healthy and pretty filling too. This also makes a great combination with Kutu Kadhi, almost like Kadhi Chawal.
|Preparation Time:||40 minutes|
|Samak rice (sama ke chawal)||1/2 cup|
|Potato (aloo)||1 medium|
|Chopped green chilies (optional)||3-4|
|Chopped coriander leaves||1/4 cup|
|Raw peanuts (kachchi moongphali)||1/4 cup|
|Mustard seeds||1 tsp|
|Rock Salt||1/2 tsp|
|Fresh Lime Juice||1 tbsp|
|Vegetable Oil||1 tbsp|
- Dry roast Samak Rice in a pan till it start to brown. Do not skip this part because otherwise rice sticks and becomes lumpy.
- Peel and chop potato in half inch cubes. Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a nonstick pan and add mustard seeds. Once they pop up, add chopped potatoes and peanuts.
- Turn the heat to low. Close the lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes. Keep stirring once in a while.
- Once the potatoes are soft, add the roasted samak rice, salt and chopped green chillies to it.
- Mix well and add 1.5 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. Add lime juice and coriander leaves to the Samak Rice Pulao and serve it warm.
- 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.
- Mustard seeds pop up far so stay away from the stove at that time.
- You can make it even without the potatoes and peanuts and then eat it with Kutu Kadhi.
- 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.