Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sama / Vrat Rice Pulao

Sama Rice Pulao is one of the popular delicacies enjoyed by people during Navratri fasts. Sama Rice is known by many other names like Samvat Rice, Vrat Rice, Sama ke Chawal, Bhagar Rice, Jungle Rice & Samo etc.

Although this grain is not actually a variety of rice but people call it so because of its texture and colour. In actual, the grain belongs to millet family and is called 'Barnyard Millet'. It has small granular texture and is off-white in colour. It is a gluten free grain which makes it suitable option for consumption not only on fasting days but also if you are on gluten-free diet.

The other recipe shared on this blog using this grain are: Sama Rice Potato Cutlets, Samo Rice Dosa & Samo Rice sweet pudding. The texture of barnyard millet makes it suitable for use in both savoury & sweet recipes. You can check out more fasting/ gluten free recipes by clicking here.

I have used those spices & ingredients in this recipe which are commonly consumed by most people during their fasts (vrat). However, you are free to incorporate more veggies or use spices of your choice to make it more nutritious and flavourful. The Sama Rice pulao is a healthy dish that can be relished during fasts. As it is made using little fat (oil/ghee), it is quite lite on palate & stomach especially when you are consuming mostly fried items in these days.

I personally like to have this Pulao with freshly made coriander chutney. You can also have curd or Mint Raita with rice as they go really well with its flavours

Hope you would like this Sama Rice Pulao recipe!! For more Navratri recipes, click here.

List of Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • Sama Rice/Samvat Rice/ Barnyard Millet-1/2 cup
  • Water-1 & 1/2 cup
  • Ghee/Cooking Oil-2 tbsp
  • Cubed Paneer- 1/4 cup
  • Split Cashews - 10 to 12 
  • Peeled & Cubed Potatoes- 1/2
  • Peanuts-6 to 8
  • Cumin seeds (Jeera)-1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder-1/2 tsp (or to taste)
  • Chopped Green Chillies-1
  • Rock Salt (Sendha Namak)- To taste
  • Chopped coriander-1 tbsp (For garnishing)
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tsp (optional)

Steps To Prepare:

Wash & drain the sama rice well. This is required to wash away the impurities. Then soak them in clean water for 30 minutes. In the mean time, lets proceed to next step.

In a heavy bottomed or non-stick pan, heat cooking oil or ghee. Fry cubed paneer on medium flame till it is golden brown. Keep these fried paneer cubes aside.

In the same pan, add split cashews & fry them till they turn golden in colour. Keep these roasted cashews aside.
In the same pan, add cubed potatoes and saute them for 4-5 minutes. Add peanuts and roast them on low flame for 2-3 minutes.

Then add chopped green chillies, cumin seeds and red chilli powder. Roast them for 10-15 seconds till they start releasing their aromas.

Drain all the excess water from rice. Add these soaked rice in the pan. Stir gently so that rice is mixed well with all the spices. Add water & rock salt (sendha namak) to it. Let it cook on low flame.
(If you like the consistency to be on softer side i.e. more of the khichdi texture then just add 1/2 cup water more.)
When the water reduces to half cover it with a lid. Let it cook covered for 3-4 minutes.

After that add fried paneer & cashews which we kept aside in step1. Fluff it gently with the help of a fork and switch off the flame if there is no more water left, else let it cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves. You can sprinkle some lemon juice over it but that is totally optional. Serve it hot with raita, curd or Coriander chutney!!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Veggie Cheese Parcel

Veggie Cheese Parcel is a delicious savoury snack; soft & fluffy from outside with gooey cheese inside. It is perfect dish which you can prepare in breakfast, give your kids in tiffin or even enjoy it with a cup of hot masala tea on a rainy day.

India is a land of diversity not only in terms of people but also for its cuisine. Food plays a central part when it comes to celebrate any occasions or festival. Particularly if we talk about snacks, each region has multifarious list of its own. From Samosas to Pakoras, Vada Paav, Misal Paav, Jalebis, Punungulu, Medu Vada the list is endless.

This snack recipe which I am posting here was shared by my friend. As I am strictly vegetarian and don't even eat eggs (which many people consider veg these days), she teased me by calling this dish "Eggless" Omelette while serving. For a moment I was perplexed as the word eggless was clearly a green signal but then by definition omelette is something which one prepares using eggs. My expressions somehow conveyed my confusion on which she clarified that somehow she finds the taste of this recipe resembling to omelettes. As I have never eaten omelettes in my life & also eggless omelettes actually don't make any sense, I renamed it to Veggie Cheese Parcel. I have done slight variation by adding cheese to it (My gluttony for cheese!! :D).

Gram flour or "besan" is one of the most commonly available gluten free flours which is rich in proteins and fibre. It is combined with lots of fresh green veggies and turned into soft cover for bread & cheese slice. The parcel gets it softness from maida and baking powder which is added in the batter itself. Please don't forget to add black salt in it as it makes a lot of difference. I tried it with only plain salt also but the taste & aroma is not the same as you get by the addition of black salt.

Kids are surely going to love these parcels. For more Kids recipe you can click here.

Hope you would like this Veggie Cheese parcel recipe!!

List of Ingredients: (Makes 2 pieces)

  • Besan(Gram flour)- 1/2 cup
  • Maida(APF)- 2tbsp
  • Black salt-1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper-1/2 tsp
  • Salt- To taste
  • Water- 3/4 cup
  • Baking Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Bread slices-2
  • Cheese slices-2
  • Finely chopped onion-1/2 cup
  • Finely chopped capsicum-1/4 cup
  • Chopped green chillies-1
  • Cooking Oil-2 tbsp

Steps to Prepare:

Take Besan & maida in a mixing bowl. Add black salt, black pepper & salt to it. Prepare a thin flowy batter by adding water to it. Add water gradually while whisking so that no lumps are left. The quantity of water may vary slightly depending on the quality of besan.

P.S: The batter should be of running consistency so that it spreads on its own when we pour it with paddle.

Chop off the edges of the bread slice.Keep these bread & cheese slices ready on a plate.

Add the baking powder, chopped onion, capsicum and green chillies to the batter prepared in step1. Give it a good stir.

In a heavy bottomed pan or non stick tawa, heat 1 teaspoon of oil. Spread it with a tissue so that entire pan is coated evenly.

 Now on low flame, take a laddle full of batter and pour it on pan. Lift the pan and tilt it on all sides so that batter is spread properly. Place a bread slice on it and turn it immediately so that it is coated with some batter on both sides.

Place a cheese slice on this bread. Sprinkle some oil near the edges of pancake and let it cook on medium flame.

Check the edges of the pancake after1-2 minutes. If you are able to separate edges from the pan, fold it into a parcel. Don't let the pancake cook completely else it will start breaking in the process of folding.

Cook it on pan till it os golden brown on both sides.

Enjoy these delicious Veggie cheese Parcel with ketchup or any dip of your choice!!

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