Moriyo Khichdi/Sama Khichdi
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What is Moriyo?
Moriyo, Sama Chawal, Samo, Barnyard Millet, Sama, Samvat, Vari, Varai, Swang, Bhagar, shyama rice, kuthiravali, udalu are all different names for a grass seed. The grass seed from the cultivated crop(grown like rice in paddy fields), Echinochloa Frumentacea is not a grain or legume and therefore very popular during fasting days be it navratri fasting or ekadashi. Its wilder more natural cousin is Echinochloa colona which is also known as Jungle Grass, Deccan Grass or Awnless Barnyard Millet.
Health benefits of Including Moriyo or Little Millet in your diet
Not only rich in dietary fibre which helps digestion, but its also a very rich source of zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. Being gluten free, its ideal food for those suffering from Gluten intolerance. Low in calorie and easy to digest, its great to include it in your daily diet. With a low glycemic index, its ideal food for diabetics as it helps to control blood sugar.
How can you include Moriyo in your daily diet?
Making moriyo khichdi or rice like preparation is undoubtedly the most popular dish as it goes well with different curries and lentils. However, there are several other dishes you can prepare to enjoy moriyo:
- Samo and Potato Pattis
- Samo Shiro/Halwa
- Samo/Moriyo Kheer
- Farali Kadhi
- Farali Dhokra
- Farali Uttapam
- Swaty’s Sama Ke Chawal aur Gajar ki Kheer
- Poonam’s Barnyard Millet Upma
- Renu’s Samak Rice Khichdi with Potatoes
Ingredients required for Moriyo/Sama Khichdi
- Moriyo/ Sama – a little amount goes a long way. Its doubles in size after cooking
- Ghee or oil
- Spices like cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, cumin seeds, sesame seeds
- Fresh Green Chillis and Ginger
- Cashew nuts or any nuts of your choice. Raisins too.
- Fresh or dried curry leaves for added flavour
- Salt – use rock salt or sendha namak for fasting and normal salt for non fasting days
- Gluten free
- Vegan, replace ghee with oil
- Good for diabetics and those who have digestion problems
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Moriyo Khichdi/Sama Khichdi
1 cup moriyo/sama/little millet/barnyard millet
3 cups water
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp chilli paste or one chilli finely chopped
1 tsp ginger paste or finely chopped
12 -14 cashew nuts, cut into half
10 -12 raisins
½ inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp salt (sendha namak, rock salt)
8 -10 curry leaves
2 tbsps chopped fresh coriander
- Wash the moriyo and soak it in 1 cup of water for 30 minutes.
- Heat the ghee in a deep pan. When it is hot add the cloves, cinnamon, pepper and curry leaves.
- Add the cumin and sesame seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the raisins and cashew nuts.
- Ginger and chill paste are added next and stir fry for a few seconds.
- Tip the moriyo along with the water.
- Pour in the remaining 2 cups of water and add salt.
- Cover the pan partially and cook over medium heat. Stir frequently to avoid the water boiling over the pan and the moriyo sticking at the bottom.
- It cooks like rice, soaking up the water. Usually it gets done in 15 to 20 mins.
- Garnish with coriander and serve hot with potato curry, yogurt or farari kadhi.
- Can make with yogurt. Cook it normally as above and just before serving add about ½ cup of yogurt.
- To make it into a meal on its own, add about a cup of chopped carrots and potatoes mixed while cooking the moriyo. Adjust the salt accordingly.
- Add turmeric and vegetables of your choice to make it into a filling and healthy meal on non fasting days.
- Make moriyo khichdi and serve it any curry of your choice as it easily replaces rice.
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