In English, moraiyo or sama or samo is known as barnyard millet. Moraiyo is gluten-free.
What is samo/Sama or Moraiyo?
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!?). 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.
Moraiyo is made of a small, round seeds. When cooked they become soft.
Making Moraiyo Khichdi
How to Make Moraiyo Flour or Samo Flour?
You can grind it in a coffee grinder.
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Moraiyo Ni Khichdi (Sama ki khichdi)
- 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 blend dhana jeeru
- 3 cups water
- 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.