Anyone craving for light and fluffy steamed Idlis for breakfast? Then try out this Sama Rice Idli or Vrat Ki Idli. These protein-rich and gluten-free idlis are a healthier alternative to traditional idli. Super moist, full of flavor, and amazingly delicious! This is my go-to recipe and a staple in my house during the fasting period.
The auspicious days of Navratri are here! That means time to make quick and easy, healthy meals that require almost no effort but still taste delicious.
And today’s recipe is all about that –instant, healthy, gluten-free, and vegan meals!
So, If you are craving for a simple, yet delicious comfort food that’s light on the stomach then this recipe Sama rice Idli or vrat ki idli is just for you!
During the vrat/fasting season, certain grains and vegetables are not consumed. Alternate grains are eaten, therefore, making sama rice a popular choice.
This wholesome and low-carb recipe is perfect for fasting (vrat) people as it involves no starchy foods like potatoes or Arbi (taro root).
And you are going to love this recipe as it’s-
- Super tasty
- Packed with nutrients
- So addicting and the best part
- No fermentation required!
What is Sama Rice?
Sama rice, also known as barnyard millets is a gluten-free grain that behaves like rice and is perfect as a fasting ingredient.
In various regional languages, sama rice is called – samai seeds, moraiayo, mordhan, Bhagar, small millets or Kuthiraivali.
What is idli?
Idlis or Idly are savory rice cakes that are a staple food of South India. People of all ages love it.
These little steamed cakes are amazingly delicious and can be enjoyed at any time of the day- for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
But the liking for idlis is not limited to the South; the whole nation loves idli.
Whether it be North or West part of India, these steamed rice cakes are served in every restaurant along with delicious sambar, and coconut chutney. And trust me, no one can stop at one; they are so addicting!
But many of us don’t attempt to make these idlis at home because the preparation of traditional idlis requires a lengthy process of soaking (overnight), grinding, and fermenting.
But what if I told you that these sama idlis require no fermentation at all and the preparation time just 3 hours.
Making idlis at home doesn’t have to be so difficult. When you make this instant Sama rice idli, you can take out the extensive work of fermentation. But it still has to go through the soaking process.
Let’s see how to make this vrat ki idli. ?
How to make Sama Rice Idli or Vrat Ki Idli?
1. Rinse sama rice or barnyard millets thoroughly under running water.
2. Transfer sama rice to a bowl and add enough water to soak the rice. Soak for 2 hours.
3. After the soak cycle is over, drain and transfer it to a food processor.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients coconut, yogurt, lemon juice, carrots, and spices into the food processor.
5. Pulse until smooth.
6. Lightly grease the idli molds. Just before pouring the idli batter into the molds, add citric acid and ENO to the batter and whisk for 2-3 minutes until combined and frothy.
7. Spoon the sama rice batter into the greased idli molds.
8. Transfer the filled molds to the steamer pan, cover with the lid, and steam-cook for 6-7 minutes.
9. After the cooking time is over, insert the toothpick and check. The toothpick should come out clean.
10. Carefully remove the hot idli molds from the steamer pan. Allow it to cool for a few minutes. Use the back of the spoon to gently remove the idlis from each mold.
11. Serve hot with coconut chutney.
Tips to consider in making Sama Rice Idli or Vrat Ki Idli recipe!
What is Eno?
Eno is a fruit salt that is composed of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), citric acid, and soda(sodium carbonate).
The citric acid, when it comes in contact with sodium bicarbonate, produces carbon dioxide (CO2), and because of that, bubbles are formed in the batter. These bubbles help to create fluffy and soft dhoklas and idlis.
Substitute for Eno!
I have NOT tested this recipe without eno; therefore, I can’t comment on the end result.
But if you really need to try without eno then give this combination a try: citric acid + lemon juice + water + 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar + 3-4 hours of fermentation. It may work!
The results will not be the same, as shown here.
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe. Feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries, and I would be happy to answer them.
If you loved Sama Rice Idli or Vrat Ki Idli recipe, then you are going to enjoy these other vrat recipes –
Sama rice Idli or vrat ki idli
- 1 cup Sama Rice
- ½ cup Thick yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Unsweetend desiccated Coconut
- ½ teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Roasted cumin seeds (optional)
- ½ teaspoon Crushed red chili flakes
- 2 tablespoons Finely chopped Carrots (omit if you do not eat in vrat)
- ½ teaspoon Citric acid
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Eno (fruit Salt) or 1.5 teaspoon baking powder (see notes above)
- Salt to Taste (Sendha Namak)
- Oil to Grease idli moulds
- Rinse sama rice or barnyard millets thoroughly under running water. Transfer sama rice to a bowl and add enough water to soak the rice. Soak for 2 hours.
- After the soak cycle is over, drain and transfer it to a food processor.
- Add the rest of the ingredients coconut, yogurt, lemon juice, carrots, and spices into the food processor.
- Pulse until smooth.
- Heat water in a steamer pan. Lightly grease the idli molds.
- Just before pouring the idli batter into the molds, add citric acid and ENO to the batter and whisk for 2-3 minutes until combined and frothy.
- Spoon the sama rice batter into the greased idli molds.
- Transfer the filled molds to the steamer pan, cover with the lid, and steam-cook for 6-7 minutes.
- After the cooking time is over, insert the toothpick and check. The toothpick should come out clean.
- Carefully remove the hot idli molds from the steamer pan. Allow it to cool for a few minutes. Use the back of the spoon to gently remove the idlis from each mold.
- Serve hot with coconut chutney.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information provided below is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. Please refer to a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionists if you have any health issues.
Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg