EVENT: FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #8
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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
- Serve it hot
- serve it chilled
- serve it with fresh fruit added to it
Where can you buy it?
- Any Indian Grocery Store
Let’s now check out the simple recipe of this delicious dessert.
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)
- Wash the samo just like normal rice. Let it soak in little water for about 15-30 minutes.
- Put the milk in a non stick pan over medium heat.
- Drain out the water from the samo.
- When it begins to boil, add the samo.
- Keep stirring occasionally and let the mixture simmer for 10 -15 minutes or till the samo is cooked and the kheer becomes thick.
- Add sugar and let it simmer for a further 3-5 minutes.
- Add the chopped nuts, raisins, and cardamom powder.
- 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.
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