Samvat Rice Khichdi | Sama Chawal Khichdi | Vrat ki Khichdi

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Samvat rice khichdi with step by step photos – simple, easy and healthy khichdi made with sama ke chawal also known as barnyard millet. It makes for a filling and comforting meal served with vrat ki kadhi or plain yogurt or any curry dish made for Hindu fasting days.

samvat rice khichdi served in a plate with a bowl of curd

Sama ke chawal are regularly used during fasting and are very healthy. You can make variety of recipes with them like Sama ke chawal ki kheer, Sama ke chawal ka pulao, Sama ke chawal ki idli and so on.

Two more khichdi recipe you can make for fasting are:

This khichdi has a porridge like consistency. if you want a separate grain consistency, then add less water. Details mentioned in the step wise pics below.

I usually keep the ingredients basic in this khichdi, but if you want you can add roasted crushed peanuts or fried cashews in the khichdi to make it more flavorful and healthy.

Serve sama chawal khichdi hot or warm with vrat ki kadhi, peanut amti, vrat wale aloo, Vrat ke dahi aloo, Arbi curry or any curry meant for fasting. Plain curd also goes well with it.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Samvat Rice Khichdi or Sama Chawal Khichdi

1. In a bowl, soak the sama ke chawal (barnyard millet or samvat rice) for one hour. Drain all the water and then keep aside.

soaked sama chawal


2. In a thick bottomed pan, heat 2 tablespoon ghee or peanut oil. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds. Instead of pan, you can also make this khichdi in a pressure cooker.

cumin in pressure cooker

3. Fry the cumin seeds on low heat till they change color and crackle.

sauting cumin

4. Now add 1 to 1.5 teaspoon ginger+green chili paste and ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper (kuti hui kali mirch).

Saute for few seconds or till the raw aroma of both the green chilies and ginger goes away on low heat.

ginger green chili paste paste added

5. Then add ½ cup potato cubes.

potatoes added

6. Stir and saute for two to three minutes on low to medium-low heat.

sauteing potatoes

7. Then add the soaked sama ke chawal (samvat rice).

add sama chawal

8. Stir and mix well. Saute for a minute.

stir sama chawal with spices and then saute

9. Add 3 cups water and stir again. 3 cups water makes the khichdi mushy and with a porridge consistency, which we prefer. If you want separate grains, then just add 1.5 to 2 cups water.

water added to sama chawal khichdi

10. Season with edible rock salt (sendha namak) as per taste. Again stir and mix well. For fasting recipes, edible rock salt is used instead of regular salt.

rock salt added

11. Cover the pan with a lid and on a low heat allow the grains to simmer and get cooked.

cooking sama rice khichdi in a covered pot

12. Do check and stir at intervals.

stir and checking samvat rice khichdi at intervals

13. Once the grains have softened and cooked well, switch off the heat. You can add about 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves here and mix.

Also if you prefer, you can add some lemon juice. Since I was serving the khichdi with Vrat ki kadhi which is also sour, I did not add lemon juice.

garnishing cooked samvat rice khichdi in the pot

14. Serve samvat rice khichdi topped with a bit of ghee and garnished with coriander leaves with Vrat ki kadhi, Peanut amti, Vrat wale aloo, dahi arbi, dahi aloo, Vrat ki aloo sabzi or any curry meant for fasting.

You can also have this khichdi with plain yogurt (curd).

samvat rice khichdi served in a plate with a bowl of curd

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sama chawal khichdi

sama chawal khichdi

Samvat rice khichdi recipe – savory porridge made with barnyard millet and potatoes.

4.67 from 3 votes

Prep Time 1 hr

Cook Time 35 mins

Total Time 1 hr 35 mins

  • In a bowl, soak the sama chawal for an hour. Drain and then keep aside.

  • In a thick bottomed pan heat 2 tbsp ghee or peanut oil. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds.

  • Fry the cumin seeds till they change color.

  • Now add 1 to 1.5 tsp ginger+green chili paste and 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper. Saute till the raw aroma of both the green chilies and ginger goes away.

  • Then add 1/2 cup potato cubes. Stir and saute for two to three minutes.

  • Then add the drained sama chawal. Stir and saute for a minute.

  • Add 3 cups water. Stir again. 3 cups water makes the khichdi mushy, which we prefer. If you want separate grains then just add 1.5 to 2 cups water.

  • Season with rock salt/sendha namak and stir well.

  • Cover the pan with a lid and on a low flame allow the grains to simmer and get cooked.

  • Do check and stir at intervals.

  • Once the grains have softened and cooked well, switch off the flame. You can add about 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves here and mix. Also if you prefer, you can add some lemon juice. Since I was serving the khichdi with vrat ki kadhi which is also sour, I did not add lemon juice.

  • Serve samvat rice khichdi topped with a bit of ghee and garnished with coriander leaves with vrat ki kadhi, peanut kadhi or any curry meant for fasting. You can also have this sama chawal khichdi with plain yogurt.

Nutrition Facts

sama chawal khichdi

Amount Per Serving

Calories 341 Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Fat 10g15%

Saturated Fat 5g31%

Monounsaturated Fat 2g

Cholesterol 22mg7%

Sodium 796mg35%

Potassium 157mg4%

Carbohydrates 56g19%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 285IU6%

Vitamin C 4mg5%

Calcium 40mg4%

Iron 5.5mg31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Samvat Rice Khichdi post from the archives first published in March 2015 has been republished and updated on 26 June 2022. 


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