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Samak Rice Khichdi or Vrat ke Chawal or Farali Khichdi is quick and easy recipe which uses the gluten free millet Samak Rice or Barnyard Millet. A good replacement for rice and a quick, easy and a healthy meal idea.

Samak Rice Khichdi | Vrat ke Chawal | Farali Khichdi

Samak Rice is used to prepare Khichdi or Pulav and is generally consumed during festival fasting days.  Since the chaitra navratri is going to start soon, I decided to give this Samak Rice Khichdi a try and I am glad I did. The Pulav is done within minutes and is a great source essential nutrients required during the fasting days.

What is Samak Rice

Idli, Dhokla, Dosa, kheer are also prepared using this Samak Rice also known as “Barnyard millet”, or “Samo” , “Moriya” , “Bhagar”, “Vari cha Tandul” or “Mordhan” or “Sava ke chawal”. It is a good replacement for rice eaters and is a rich source of minerals and vitamins, providing essential nutrients. Since it is high in digestible fibers it becomes a healthy replacement of rice.

Simple or Masala Khichdi

This Samak Rice Khichdi turns out to be a light and healthy meal. I made this very simple by just adding some peanuts and potatoes, but one can add any type of vegetables one prefer. To add some additional crunch as well as to add some good fat content during fasting days I added some cashews as well.

I have made this khichdi less spicy. As at the end of a fasting day I need a light dinner. Also whenever I make such healthy meals, I go easy on the spice. All I did was added some green chillies and ginger. One can add red chilli or black pepper if you want more spicy.

Samak Rice Khichdi | Vrat ke Chawal | Farali Khichdi

Water content in Samak Rice Khichdi

Samak Rice absorbs a lot of water and you will be amazed how quickly it gets done. So go easy on the water. You might feel it is less but do not go overboard or else you might have a soggy khichdi.

Accompaniments to Samak Rice Khichdi

One can enjoy this with a simple achar or yogurt. You can even try this, Rajgira Kadhi which is another good fasting recipe. I enjoy it with yogurt and my mom’s lemon pickle which is oil-free and good on the tummy. Addition of the pickle really lifted the taste of the Khichdi and I enjoyed this Samak Rice Khichdi to the core. One can have some delicious sabudana or aloo papad on the sides too.

This post was shared as a part of Starting today I am participating in my second Mega BM, “Biryani/Pulao/Khichadi Festival!” all of this april, by Srivalli from Spice Your Life. We would be sharing 26 different recipes with only sunday’s off.  There is one simple rule in this theme, is that the dish has to feature a grain. Though I started preparing for this 3-4 months before, and had a few dishes prepared I was reluctant to join as some unplanned things happened. But hopefully I will manage and share 26 different recipes. My earlier Mega BM was A-Z International Flatbreads.

So coming for week 1, I would be sharing khichdi, Pulao or or Biryani which feature a grain but which is not has any rice in it. So coming to today’s Samak rice Khichdi Recipe

Few more fasting/vrat recipes :

and here is my complete fasting thali

Fasting - Vrat - Farali Thali is a complete balanced meal with carbs, proteins and healthy fats and is completely gluten free.

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    Samak Rice Khichdi | Vrat ke Chawal | Farali Khichdi - Samak Rice Khichdi or Vrat ke Chawal or Farali Khichdi is quick and easy vrat or fasting recipes. The samak rice is a rich source of essential nutrients and a healthy replacement of rice.
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    Samak Rice Khichdi | Vrat ke Chawal | Farali Khichdi

    Samak Rice Khichdi or Vrat ke Chawal or Farali Khichdi is quick and easy vrat or fasting recipes, which is gluten free and a healthy replacement of rice.
    5 from 8 votes
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    Course: Breakfast, Main Course
    Cuisine: Indian
    Keyword: Farali, Fasting Recipes, Khichdi, Samak Rice, Vrat
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Soaking Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 3 people
    Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


    • 3/4 cup Samak Rice
    • 2 cups water
    • 1-2 green chillies chopped (Depending on taste)
    • 1//4 inch ginger chopped
    • 1 small potato cubed (Boiled)
    • 2 tablespoon peanuts
    • 1 tablespoon cashews
    • 1 teaspoon Jeera (Cumin seeds)
    • 1.5 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
    • Salt to taste
    • Coriander to garnish


    • Wash and soak the Samak Rice for at least 30 minutes.
    • In a pan or a wok, add ghee.
    • Once the ghee is hot, shallow fry the peanuts until lightly golden brown.
    • Remove and then shallow fry the Cashews until lightly golden brown. (This step is optional, but it adds to the taste)
    • In the same pan, add Jeera.
    • Once it crackles add chopped ginger and saute for a minute.
    • Then add the green chilly, potato and shallow fry for 1-2 minutes.
    • I used boiled potato, you can use the potato as it is. It might just take a few more minutes to be done.
    • Once done, add the peanuts and Samak Rice. Give everything a quick stir.
    • Now add 2 cups of water and salt to taste.
    • Let this cook on medium for 7-8 minutes mixing in between.
    • Do not stir quite often and do not overcook it. It can go mushy within minutes, so do keep a close watch.
    • Add half of the cashews and mix.
    • Switch off and let it sit for 10 minutes for the rice to absorb all the flavours.
      Samak Rice Khichdi | Vrat ke Chawal | Farali Khichdi
    • Garnish with the remaining cashews and coriander and serve with yogurt or some pickle.


    • Do not overcook or else it will go soggy.
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    Shobha Keshwani

    Monday 12th of April 2021

    I have never tried cooking samak ke chawal. The farali khichdi looks so delicious.Navratras have started and I will try this in a day or two.

    Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Tuesday 13th of April 2021

    Thank You, hope you like it

    Mina Joshi

    Saturday 10th of April 2021

    The samak rice khichedi looks exciting. what a lovely dish to enjoy when fasting. My MIL used to make it for us and I haven't made it for a long time so thanks for sharing this recipe.


    Saturday 10th of April 2021

    Thanks to your tip of adding too much water I now know where I am going wrong. Love the Samak rice khichidi planning it for tomorrows meal. Thanks.

    Shashi sapra

    Friday 9th of April 2021

    Awesome so easy What else easy recipeetell


    Thursday 26th of March 2020

    Thanks for the recipe, I tried it yesterday and it turned out perfect.

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Thursday 26th of March 2020

    Thanks for trying and your feedback.