My Navratri meal planner has vrat pulao on the menu today. Vrat pulao is prepared by combining Sama ke Chawal with boiled potatoes and veggies. I have added carrots, beans and green peas to this recipe to make vrat ka pulao more flavorful and healthy.
My mom-in-law is pretty flexible when it comes to fasting, but feel free to omit or add veggies that you eat/don’t eat during fasting period, I do understand some families follow a very strict diet and avoid eating below mentioned veggies. Likewise if there is a spice that you do not consume during vrat /Navratri feel free to leave that out as well.
RECIPE DETAIL – A super easy and vegan recipe. Sama (swang) rice or vrat ke chawal (barnyard millet) is commonly used during fasting days. It is a gluten- free grain which behaves like rice and is a perfect fasting ingredient. Saute veggies of your choice in ghee/oil, add sama rice and cook until water is reduced to half. Cover and let it cook in steam for another 2-3 minutes. Take it off the flame and let it sit undisturbed for another 2 minutes. Uncover and using a fork -fluff up the rice. Enjoy it with your favorite chutneyand cucumber raita.
MICROWAVE METHOD – Sama rice can also be cooked in the microwave. In a bowl add sama rice along with 1 cup of water. Microwave it on HIGH POWER for 4 minutes. STOP and MIX. If the water is all dried up; add 1/4 cup of water and return it to the microwave and cook for another 4 minutes. Rice should be all cooked and all the water must have dried up by now. If not micro it for another minute. Set it aside. Saute veggies along with spices that you consume, mix it with rice and enjoy!!
DISCLAIMER – If you do not consume a particular veggie or spice during Navratri , feel free to leave that out and follow your family vrat guidelines.