by Shivani Khanna
Samak Rice or Echinochloa colona is a type of wild grass originating from tropical Asia. It is the wild ancestor of the cultivated cereal crop sawa millet. The grass occurs throughout tropical Asia and Africa in fields and along roadsides. In India seeds of this grass are used to prepare a food dish called khichadi consumed during festival fasting days of Navratri. ~ Wikipedia
In the Navratri diet Samak Chaval is a good replacement for rice eaters as it is not a cereal but a fruit. In fact, it can be eaten in every religious fast. It provides the nourishment and energy similar to rice.
Samak ke Chaval
1 cup samak chaval
1 potato, boiled
1 green chilli
salt to taste
1. Wash the samak chaval till the water is clear.
2. Chop the boiled potato into small cubes.
3. Cut the chilli finely.
4. In a pressure cooker, add 1 tablespoon oil. Saute the potatoes and the green chillies.
5. Add the samak chaval and stir through.
6. Add two cups water and salt to taste.
7. Shut the pressure cooker lid and give one whistle. Remove from stove and let sit till the steam escapes.
8. Open the lid and gently fluff the rice with a fork.
9. Serve hot with Khatte Aaloo ki Sabji, Khatti Arbi ki Sabji, Raita, Imli Chutney and Fruit Chaat.