Try these healthy and delicious barnyard millet’s steamed cakes that are filling and super yummy!! Pair Sama rice Idli or vrat ki idli with a big bowl of coconut chutney for a yum and perfecto meal!!
Finally, it’s Fridaaay and who doesn’t love Fridays… at least I do. 🙂 Friday means the weekend is here and you have two full days of break from work – breathe, relax and enjoy!!
And to top that, it’s Navratri week meaning simple and easy meals that require minimal time to cook and are healthy too.
Today’s recipe is all about that – sama rice Idli or vrat ki idli are steamed cakes made with fresh veggies. It’s healthy and super delicious.
What is Sama Rice?
Sama rice or barnyard millets/mordhan/moraiyo is a gluten-free grain which behaves like rice and is a perfect fasting ingredient. In regional languages, it is also referred to as – samai seeds, mario Mario, moraiayo, Bhagar, small millets or Kuthiraivali.
These idlis made with yogurt and fresh veggies are incredibly fluffy and light. Pair it up with coconut chutney, and they both complement each other perfectly.
Now on to the recipe! Sama rice Idli or vrat ki idli
Soak sama rice for 2-3 hours, drain and grind it to a fine paste along with other ingredients. I have added crushed red chili flakes because I didn’t want my idlis to end up red.
Also, I have added carrots and cabbage to this recipe but feel free to substitute these veggies with chopped spinach*. Just before steaming add eno and steam for 6-7 minutes. You can replace eno with baking powder.
Some notes about baking powder!
- Baking powder is a composition of 2 parts (teaspoon) of cream of tartar + 1 part (teaspoon) of baking soda.
- Cream of tartar is used to increase the acidity of the batter.
- To activate it I have used citric acid + lemon juice + water.
Another substitute for baking powder!
It is citric acid + lemon juice + water +curd + 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar + 3-4 hours of fermentation.
Results will not be the same as shown above, but idlis will turn out to be light and moist.
If you do not consume a particular veggie or spice during Navratri, feel free to leave that out and follow your family vrat guidelines.
Other vrat recipes –
- Sabudana Ladoo,
- Vrat Rajgiria Puri,
- Sabudana Uttapam,
- Kuttu and Singhare ke atte ki Roti,
- Sabudana Khichdi,
- Sabudana Vrat Dosa,
- Sama ki Tikki or Sabudana Vada and
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Sama rice Idli or vrat ki idli
- 1 cup Sama Rice
- 1/2 cup Beaten Curd (yogurt)
- 1 tablespoon Unsweetend desiccated Coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Roasted cumin seeds (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon Crushed red chili flakes
- 2 tablespoon Finely chopped or shredded Cabbage (omit if you do not eat in vrat)
- 2 tablespoon Finely chopped or shredded Carrots (omit if you do not eat in vrat)
- 1/2 teaspoon Citric acid
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Eno (fruit Salt) or 1.5 teaspoon baking powder (see notes above)
- Salt to Taste (Sendha Namak)
- Oil to Grease idli moulds
- Measure Sama rice.
- This is how sama rice looks like.
- Soak them in water for 2 hours.
- After the desired time, drain water.
- Assemble rest of the ingredients.
- In a food processor add all the ingredients except eno or baking powder (see notes above).
- Ground it to a fine paste.
- Heat water in a pan. Grease Idli moulds.
- Just before pouring idli batter into the moulds, add ENO or baking powder and whisk it well.
- Pour batter in idli moulds. ( LOOKING FOR NAVRATRI MEAL PLANNER , FOLLOW THE LINK ABOVE.)
- Place idli moulds in the steaming pot, cover and steam cook for 6-7 minutes.
- Steamed idlis after 7 minutes.
- Allow it to cool for a while then remove from the moulds.
- Serve hot with coconut chutney or vrat chutney.