आषाढी एकादशी स्पेशल वरईचा भात | Varaicha Bhat (Sama / Barnyard Millet Rice)

How to prepare Varaicha Bhat / Barnyard Millets Rice / वरईचा भात
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Hello Foodies,

          Varaicha bhat it reminds me of my childhood days when my mother used to cook this varaicha bhat and shengdanyachi amti during fasting days. This is one of the best recipes to incorporate millets into our diet. Aashadhi Ekadashi feels incomplete without this varai bhat. Varai bhat is the recipe which forms a simple and healthy base or which pairs up well with the shengdanyachi amti. It is very suitable for fasting days or for the time when you wish to avoid rice or simple carbohydrates.
           In India, cereal grains are not consumed during fasts which make varai a popular ingredient during the fasting days. The varai rice tastes almost similar to broken rice when cooked. It does not cook into separate grains like long grained rice. It is tiny, white, round grain, bigger in size than semolina (rava) and smaller than sago (sabudana). The varai being easily available, quick to cook and good to taste and its ideal wholesome alternative to rice, wheat, and other less easily available millets. It can be given as porridge or kheer to babies between 6-7 months. In India, it is commonly used to prepare upma, khichdi, and pulav, especially during the fasting days.


Course : Main course
Cuisine : Indian, Maharashtrian.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes.
Servings: 4
Each Serving Contains 160 Calories.

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Ingredients :

  1. Varai Rice 1 cup
  2. Potato 1 small, chopped
  3. Green chilies paste 1 tsp
  4. Salt 1 Tsp
  5. Peanuts 2 tbsp
  6. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  7. Veg. oil 2 Tsp
  8. Water 1 cup

Instructions :

  1. In a pan heat veg.oil and splutter cumin seeds.
  2. Add green chilies paste and stir well and add chopped potatoes and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Now add peanuts and saute and add 1 ½ cup of water and salt and stir well and let it boil.
  4. Add varai rice and mix well, cover and cook for 5 minutes and stir in between.
  5. Add ½ cup of water and again cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the grains are cooked, and all the water gets fully absorbed.
  6. Here, healthy and tasty
    varaicha / varicha bhat is ready to serve, serve hot with shengdanyachi amti(peanuts curry). Enjoy!!!

Dietary Comments :

Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Per serving contains 160 calories, along with carbohydrates - 27 g, fats - 4.8 g, proteins - 3.62 g.

Health Benefits of Varai/Sama/Barnyard Millet Rice :

  1. Excellent source of Fiber: The high fiber content helps in preventing constipation, excess gas, bloating and cramping.
  2. It is an excellent source of protein and at the same time is the least caloric dense compared to all other cereals.
  3. Gluten-free: It is an appropriate food for patients who are intolerant to gluten.
  4. Low GI: The carbohydrate content of barnyard millet is low and slowly digestible, making the barnyard millet a low glycemic index food. Hence, it can be potentially recommended for patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.
  5. A serving of Varaicha bhat gives 160 calories and 3.62 g of protein and 2.2 g of dietary fibers.

Good Time To Eat :

          It is good to eat varaicha bhat for breakfast and for lunch.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

2 comments:

  1. One of my favourite upvaas recipe :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. interesting holy food recipes thanks to sharing

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