Navratri 2020: 3 Delicious Vrat-Friendly Dishes To Try With Samak Ke Chawal

Navratri 2020: Samak ke chawal belongs to the millet family and is permissible during the Navratri fasting. Here are 3 ways to use it during Navratri.

Aanchal Mathur  |  Updated: October 21, 2020 15:23 IST

Navratri 2020: 3 Delicious Vrat-Friendly Dishes To Try With Samak Ke Chawal

Navratri 2020: Samak ke chawal can be perfect for a vrat-friendly meal.

  • Samak ke chawal are vrat-friendly, healthy and wholesome
  • It is versatile and can be used to cook multiple delicious dishes
  • Here are 3 vrat-friendly recipes to try with samak ke chawal

Navratri 2020: The festive season of Navratri has begun in full swing. The nine-day festivity of Sharad Navratri that began on 17th October celebrates and worship the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. Many devotees from the Hindu community observe ritualistic fasts (vrat), wherein they refrain from consuming eating meat, fish, eggs, pulses, cereals, grains, legumes and even common salt during the period of fast. Yet, there are many food options that are permissible during the fasting season of Navratri. Samak/samvat ke chawal or barnyard millet is one such vrat-friendly food that can be used to prepare many delicious dishes to consume during Navratri.

(Also Read: 7 Best Millet Recipes)

Rice is one of the most popular dishes in every household but is not permissible during the Navratri fasting. And if you are someone who is missing a bowl of rice a little too much, samak ke chawal can come quite handy! Barnyard millet or samvat ke chawal are tiny, white, round grains belonging to the millet family instead of rice. Samak ke chawal are considered a healthy alternative to regular rice since they have low carbohydrate content and are loaded with a high amount of fibre and essential minerals like iron and magnesium. There are many ways with which one can use samak ke chawal to prepare yummy, wholesome meals besides cooking it in the pressure cooker with water and rock salt for a comforting rice bowl.


Here are 3 more ways to include Samak ke chawal in your Navratri vrat meal:

1. Samak Dosa

Indulge in this wholesome, delicious and easy dosa recipe made with a mix of samak ke chawal and singhare ka aata. It has a yummy stuffing of spices and potatoes that makes it a tantalising affair! Find the recipe of samak dosa here.

Navratri 2020: Dosa makes for a fulfilling and tasty meal.

2. Samvat Ki Kheer

Kheer is perhaps the most popular Indian desserts during the festive season and what better than a vrat-friendly kheer? Cook a luscious, decadent kheer with milk, samvat ke chawal, sugar and almonds together for a drool-worthy sweet treat post wholesome vrat meal! Find the full recipe here.

Navratri 2020: Festivities and kheer go hand-in-hand.

3. Vratwala Dhokla

Give your tea-time snack a delicious vrat-friendly spin with this easy dhokla recipe. This soft, fluffy, flavourful dhokla is made with vrat-friendly ingredient and is the perfect snack to minimize cravings and hunger. Find the full recipe of vratwala dhokla here.


Navratri 2020: Dhokla can be a light yet wholesome tea-time snack in the evening.

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Try these Samak ke chawal recipes at home this Navratri and share your experience in the comments section below.

Happy Navratri 2020!


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