Sama ke chawal ki kheer is a popular fasting food made during festivals and other days as an everyday dessert as well. This is commonly prepared in many UP homes. In Uttarakhand, it is called jhangore ki kheer.
I made this for dessert when I made the Banarasi Kachori aur Sabzi Thali and featured the Banarasi Kachori for the Breakfast platter during this September Thali Mega BM. I was happy to make a millet dish as millets are now replacing some of our dishes.
The other names for Sama Ka Chawal is Barnyard millet, Samak, Samavat, samyak ke chawal, or parsai ke chawal. We call it Samai in Tamil, Samulu in Telugu. Athamma was very fond of this millet and we would often include it in our rice.
Since Daddy now asked us to slowly replace rice, I have started mixing some parts of the rice with different millets on daily basis. We consume Samai in different ways.
In the north, they make Sama ki khichdi, Sama ki idli, sama ka dhokla. While in the South, we have Samai Upma, Idli, and Dosas. In Southern India, we do not have a concept of fasting dishes. When we fast for festivals, we don't eat anything. Or some people eat fruits. In the North, they use this millet for Navratri fasting.
I had made my entire Banarasi thali from this site and read that Sama ke chawal ki kheer is a delicacy of UP. We call Sama ke Chawal ki Kheer as Samavat Rice Kheer / Samo Rice Kheer / Vrat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer.
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Sama ke Chawal ki Kheer
- 1/2 cup Little Millet / Sama ke Chawal
- 1/2 liter Milk
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- Mixed Nuts as required
How to make Sama ke Chawal ki Kheer
- Since I was cooking a thali, I soaked little millet in water and pressure cooked. However, it is recommended to slow cook this millet in milk and it takes about 30 mins of slow cooking.
- Soaking for 10 mins, pressure cooking, and adding thick milk this payasam is ready in 15 mins.
- Pressure cook for 3 whistles and once the pressure falls down, add milk and sugar.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 mins.
- The kheer thickens when cooled down, so simmer only for 10 mins.