By Risha Ganguly
Updated:Jul 29, 2023
Celebrate Sawan Vrat with wholesome and nutritious Sama Chawal Ki Idli for a healthy breakfast. These idlis are not only perfect for fasting days but also a great addition to your regular menu due to their health benefits.
Image Credit: These vrat special idlis are very popular during Sawan | Shutterstock
Sama Chawal: The Nutritious Millet
Sama Chawal, or Barnyard Millet, is a small, round grain with a slightly nutty flavour. It is an ancient grain that has been a part of Indian cuisine for centuries. During Sawan Vrat, many people prefer to use Sama Chawal as a substitute for rice due to its numerous health benefits. This millet is rich in fibre, which aids digestion and helps in maintaining a healthy gut. It is also a good source of essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Moreover, Sama Chawal has a low glycemic index, making it an ideal choice for those with diabetes or anyone looking to manage their blood sugar levels effectively.
Recipe – Papa Mummy Kitchen
For a fulfilling and healthy breakfast during Sawan, Sama Chawal Idli is an excellent choice. This idli recipe is not only delicious but also easy to prepare. Let’s take a look at the ingredients and the step-by-step process to make these delightful idlis.
- 1 cup Sama Chawal
- ½ cup grated carrots
- ½ cup fresh, chopped coriander leaves
- 1-2 finely chopped green chillies
- ½ inch grated ginger
- ½ cup plain curd
- Rock salt (sendha namak) to taste
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Water for soaking
- Wash the Sama Chawal thoroughly and soak it in water for about 2-3 hours.
- After soaking, drain the water from the millets and grind them into a smooth batter using a mixer or grinder. Add a little water if required, but ensure the batter is not too runny. The consistency should be similar to that of regular idli batter.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the curd until smooth. Add the grated carrots, chopped coriander leaves, green chilies, grated ginger, cumin seeds, and rock salt to the yogurt. Mix well.
- Now, combine the yogurt mixture with the Sama Chawal batter and mix thoroughly.
- Allow the batter to ferment overnight or for at least 6-8 hours. Fermentation will enhance the taste and texture of the idlis.
- Before making the idlis, add baking soda to the batter and gently stir to incorporate.
- Grease the idli moulds with vegetable oil and pour the batter into each mould.
- Steam the idlis in a steamer for about 10-12 minutes or until they are fully cooked. You can insert a toothpick into the idlis to check if they are done. If the toothpick comes out clean, the idlis are ready.