samo/moriyo kheer

August 29, 2013mayurisjikoni
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Old posts just get lost in the wide wide wide web unless they are very popular. Renu who blog’s at Cook with Renu has started a Facebook Group called Foodies_ Redoing Old Posts where every two weeks we can redo our old posts and share it on the group. What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, it gives us the opportunity to improve the write up, update photos and get comments. I’ve got so many old posts that need updating especially where the photos are concerned. This group with definitely give me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for better photos.

Mangoes have disappeared for now and the pawpaws available are not nice. So I was wondering what fruit to add to the humble banana to make a nice yummy fruit salad. Nothing much was available besides apples and grapes. I had no choice but to make a nice hot kheer for hubby dear as he too fasted for Janamashtami yesterday.

We both like sabudana kheer nice and cold and I had forgotten to make it the previous day.  Early in the morning I remembered having samo kheer as prasadam one day at the Juhu ISKCON temple on Ekadashi Day. Hot kheer with just a touch of cardamom and lots of cashew nuts, super delicious and filling too. So I made samo or moriyo kheer and its the simplest kheer I have ever prepared. Quick, easy and delicious. A bit of the kheer was left over and in the evening I added fresh fruits to it to make it into a filling meal. Yummy…. can’t wait for Ekadashi which is just round the corner to make the kheer again with loads of fresh fruit.

What is Samo or Moriyo?

Samo, moriyo, sama, vrat ka chawal, samvat, samak, samvat chawal,  barnyard millet, bhagar, varai, sanwa, samwa, swang, jungle rice,deccan grass, awnless barnyard grass are some of the more common names for Echinochloa Colona. Its not a millet but a type of grass. The seeds of this grass are used to make a variety of dishes mostly prepared during fasting days. 

Is this seed healthy?

It definitely is as its:

  • gluten free
  • rich in protein
  • low in calories 
  • low glycemic index
  • good source iron

Some of the dishes prepared using  samo or moriyo are:

What is kheer?

Kheer is a pudding. Its usually made using milk and rice, its like a rice pudding. However, other grains, some vegetables  too are used to make kheer. Here, I’ve used barnyard millet or samo to make kheer.


Can you make a vegan version?

Most certainly you can. Replace the dairy milk with milk of your choice like almond, soya, coconut. I personally would love it with coconut milk.

When can you make this kheer?

  • For Navratri Fasting Days
  • For Ekadashi Fasting Days
  • For Janmashtami 
  • For Ram Navmi
  • As a healthy dessert any day
  • When you need to make a sweet dish/dessert in a jiffy

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve it hot
  • serve it chilled
  • serve it with fresh fruit added to it

Where can you buy it?

  • Any Indian Grocery Store
  • Amazon

Let’s now check out the simple recipe of this delicious dessert.

moriyo kheer 1

moriyo kheer 2


moriyo kheer 4

moriyo kheer 3

4 – 6 Servings
4 – 6 cups of full fat milk
½ cup samo/moriyo/barnyard millet/little millet
½ cup sugar
¼ cup chopped nuts (cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios etc)
 2 tbsp raisins or a dry fruit of your choice
½ tsp cardamom powder (elachi)

  1. Wash the samo just like normal rice. Let it soak in little water for about 15-30 minutes.
  2. Put the milk in a non stick pan over medium heat.
  3. Drain out the water from the samo.
  4. When it begins to boil, add the samo.
  5. Keep stirring occasionally and let the mixture simmer for 10 -15 minutes or till the samo is cooked and the kheer becomes thick.
  6. Add sugar and let it simmer for a further 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped nuts, raisins, and cardamom powder.
  8. Mix well and serve. It can be served hot or chilled.



  • Instead of sugar you can use a sweetener to make it diabetic friendly. 
  • For a healthier version replace normal sugar with jaggery powder or coconut sugar.
  • Add more nuts and dry fruits if you like.
  • Can be served chilled.
  • Add chopped fresh fruits to the cold kheer.
  • Puree dates and dry figs and add to the kheer.
  • Use low fat milk if you like.


Pin for later:

Moriyo kheer


A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

You may want to check out the following kheer recipes:

Carrot Coconut Kheer

makhana and dried fruit kheer 3

Makhana And Dry Fruit Kheer

Sabudana Kheer


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  • Nivedhanams Sowmya

    September 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

    super creamy and yummy!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!


  • poonampagar

    September 27, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Barnyard is a favoured option at my place during fasting on Ekadashi and Navratri. This creamy kheer loaded with nuts and fresh fruits is such a delectable andfilling treat !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, it definitely is a filling dessert.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    September 27, 2019 at 9:07 am

    THis millet is so versatile I just made Pongal this morning, Mayuri. You are right – the simplest prasad at temples transports one to somewhere divine !! and this kheer is no exception… loved the pomo arils on top.. makes for a pretty picture..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 28, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani.

  • simplysensationalfood

    September 29, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I have not made kheer with samo but it really sounds interesting ingredient and I am definitely going to try this kheer. I love your bowls and your presentation. Its beautiful.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much Nayna. Please try it.

  • shobhakeshwani

    September 30, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Kheer looks nice. I have never tried anything with Samo.. Thought I will make this week but painting work has started. I will wait for next Navratri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Shobha.

  • Jolly

    September 30, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Samak rice kheer looks super yummy. I used to make it often during Navratri times. A healthy and tasty recipe. Loved it!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Jolly.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    September 30, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Loving this healthy recipe for fasting. Inhave made khichdi wirh this but not kheer, would love to try this

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 30, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Renu, please try it.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    October 3, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    SAMA keers looks so delectable di !! As the season is going on, so definitely one can enjoy this glutenfree millet kheer. Toppings like varieties of nuts must be adding nice crunch to the kheer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita. Its a lovely filling kheer for fasting time.

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