Friday, October 1, 2021



Here is a light and cooling recipe of Farali Curd Rice made with Barnyard Millets. They are known as Samak /Samo/ Sama ke chawal in Hindi. This is a nice change from the usual heavy fried dishes like sabudana vadas, puris and halwas we make during the fasting period. You can add some grated carrots or cucumber to this. Even some fruits like small grapes and pomegranate seeds can be added.
You can enjoy this with some farali fried raw banana and sabudana fryums.

Yogurt / dahi ............... 1 & 1/2 to 2 cups or as required.
Barnyard millets / samak rice .......... 3/4 cup
Senda namak / rock salt ................ to taste
Sugar ..................................... 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds .......................... 1/2 tsp
Cashewnuts ......................... few
Crushed black pepper ........... 1/2 tsp
Oil ........................................ 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves .................. handful
Grated carrots ..................... 1/4 cup

1. Soak the samak rice for minimum 1 hour
2. Pressure cook the rice for 3 whistles adding double quantity of water and little salt.
3. Open after the pressure is released and let it cool.
4. In a mixing bowl whisk the yogurt adding salt, sugar and crushed pepper.
5. Add the coriander and grated carrot. Mix well.
6. Now add the cooked samak rice and little water adjusting the consistency to your preference.
7. Heat the oil in a small pan. Add the cashew halves and cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
8. Mix this tempering into the prpared curd rice saving few cashews for garnishing.
9. Serve it at room temperature or chilled.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We hace completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is D and I chose Dahi as my ingredient. 

Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)

A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes (Cardamom Flavoured Cup Cakes )
F - False ke Biscuit ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe  (Sweet flattened Rice with Jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi (Fresh Coriander Stir fry)
I - Imli Gosht  ( Tangy Mutton Curry )
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
- Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle)
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ka Saag ( Moong dal with Mustard Greens)
N - Neembu Gud ki Shikanji (Indian summer drink with herbs and spices)

Some more Farali Dishes:


  1. The samak rice with yogurt looks delicious and refreshing. What an interesting recipe for when we are fasting. I have used samak flour but not samak rice and would like to get some to try.

    1. Thanks Mina. This is the first time I also tried this rice. All these years I was living abroad where we don't get this stuff easily.Do try it

  2. I love how the rice is flavoured. This will be such a lovely change from the regular curd rice we make and lovey to taste black pepper in it.

    1. Yes dear, fasting days we need a different menu each day. This is nice for a change.

  3. Wow! I love dahi chawal and well never thought of making samak ke dahi chawal. Absolutely delicious and great filling meal. Love it will make it.

  4. Love smack ke dahi chawal or dahi moriyo as we call it. I usually add carrot but Like the idea of adding some fruit, will try that out next time I make it. Healthy and light on the tummy.

    1. Thanks Mayuri. In Chennai I have tasted it with the addition of small grapes. It tasted awesome.

  5. that curd rice with samak chawal looks fabulous. For the dry , hot weather we are suddenly having, this looks like an ideal treat.

    1. Thanks for liking. Yes curd rice is perfect for summer.Nice and cooling

  6. Looking forward to the Navratras celebrations for preparing such unique recipes. I have never made curd rice with barnyard millet. Will try it.

    1. Thanks Neha. We really have a variety of Farali dishes to choose from. Happy Navratras

  7. Usually I make khichdi using Samak rice, Samak ke dahi chawal looks so inviting. Would love to try.

  8. Dahi chawal is a comfort meal anyway. This Samak dahi chawal with raw banana stir fry and sabudana chips looks delicious and cooling.

    1. Yes Priya, it is. I also enjoy it with beans poriyal on normal days

  9. Farali dahi chawal looks tasty and will be ideal to have anytime too. A good food during summer too.

    1. Yes Jayashee, as you said we can have them anytime.

  10. Samak dahi chawal is a very healthy and delicious fasting food. I love your version with juicy fruits like grapes. I add pomegranate, next time will try with grapes.

    1. Thanks Poonam. You will love it with grapes. First time I had eaten that in Taj Coramanel Hotel Buffet in Chennai. fell in love with the taste.

  11. Such a delicious and healthy recipe for fasting days...not that you can't have it on other days. We are a big fan of dahi chawal but never tried it with samak ke chawal. That's a nice idea. I love my dahi chawal loaded with fruits.

  12. Samak Dani chawal is such a comfort food . It is so nutritious and filling . Adding grapes sounds fabulous. Will definitely try it next time.

  13. Samak Dahi chawal looks really delicious and a very healthy meal during fasting times. I usually make khichri with it, I like the idea of adding veggies in it. Beautiful idea !


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