Moraiyo Khichdi

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Moraiyo ni khichdi or sama ke khichdi is a delicious farali khichdi made of barnyardmillet, potatoes, chillies and a few spices. It is very easy to make with a nutritious type of millet for fasting orvrat/upvas days such as Ekadashi, Navratri, Shivratri etc.

Moraiyo khichdi or sama khichdi in a small bowl on a pink cloth.

Moraiyo khichdi is a Hindu fasting friendly dish that is easy to make. Served alongside some yogurt, it makes for a satisfying meal.

Moraiyo is a gluten-free grain. This dish is vegetarian and vegan.

What is samo/Sama or Moraiyo?

In English, moraiyo or sama or samo is known as barnyard millet.

Samo are seeds of a wild grass originating from Asia. Sama, samo or moraiyo is a seed, not a grain.

Moraiyo or sama is also called or made as vrat ke chawal or sama ke chawal but they are not rice. (Chawal means rice, so confusing right!?).

Samo seeds in a steel bowl.

It is known by other names regionally throughout India such as mordhan, bhagar, shyama rice, kuthirai valli, odalu, kavadapullu.

It is used commonly as farali food or as a vrat dish.  This means it is okay to use when fasting. It is often used to make khichdi, pulao or even as dosas or pudla/cheelas.

It is made for meals on Ekadashi or other Hindu fasting days such as Shivratri or Navratri just as sabudana khichdi or sukhi bhaji is as well.

Moraiyo is small, round seeds.  When cooked they become soft.

Sama khichdi with a bowl of yogurt.

Ingredients

Potato

Samo or Moraiyo

Green chili

Curry leaves

Cumin seeds

Cumin coriander powder

Salt – to make fast friendly use sendha namak

Red chili powder

Chopped potatoes and green chilies on a cutting board.

Making Moraiyo Khichdi

Making this dish is pretty easy!

Heat pan with oil on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let sizzle.

Add in chopped green chillies and mix. Add curry leaves.

Next, add potatoes and sama.

Add water and spices.

Cover and cook 12-15 minutes.

Potatoes should be easy to cut through when cooked. Cook until you reach consistency you like. If you like less watery, remove lid and cook a few minutes to burn out excess water.

Moraiyo khichdi in a bowl.

How to Make Moraiyo Flour or Samo Flour?

You can grind it in a coffee grinder.

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Moraiyo khichdi in a steel bowl on a pink cloth, garnished with green chillies.

Moraiyo Ni Khichdi (Sama ki khichdi)

Shilpa Joshi
Moraiyo ni khichdi or sama ke khichdi is a delicious farali khichdi made of barnyardmillet, potatoes, chillies and a few spices. It is very easy to make with a nutritious type of millet for fasting orvrat/upvas days such as Ekadashi, Navratri, Shivratri etc.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course lunch
Cuisine Gujarati
Servings 2
Calories 214 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium potato 225g
  • 1 cup samo 200g
  • 1 medium green chilli
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • sweet neem leaves
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cumin coriander powder dhana jeeru
  • 3 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Heat pan with oil on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let sizzle.
  • Add in chopped green chillies and mix. Add curry leaves.
  • Add potatoes and mix
  • Add moraiyo or sama/samo
  • Add water and spices. Cover and cook 12-15 minutes. Potatoes should be easy to cut through when cooked. Cook until you reach consistency you like. If you like less watery, remove lid and cook a few minutes to burn out excess water.
  • Serve with yogurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 1245mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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