Navratri Fast Recipes: Varai Bhat, Shengdanyachi Amti and Crispy Potato Fries

Navratri Fast Recipes: Varai Bhat, Shengdanyachi Amti and Crispy Potato Fries

Hello Foodies,
           Varaicha Bhat / Barnyard Millets Rice is one of the best recipes to incorporate millets into our diet. Varai bhat is the recipe which forms a healthy and straightforward base or which pairs up well with the shengdanyachi amti. It is very suitable for fasting days or for a 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.

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            It is tiny, white, round grain, bigger than semolina (rava) and smaller than sago (sabudana). The varai being readily available, quick to cook and yummy to taste and its ideal wholesome alternative to rice, wheat, and other less easily accessible 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.

Ingredients :
  • Varai Rice/Samo Rice/Barnyard Millets 1 cup
  • Potato 1 small, peeled and chopped
  • Green chilies paste 1 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Peanuts 2 Tbsp, dry roasted
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Veg.oil 2 tsp
  • Water 1 ½ cup

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

Peanuts Curry / Upvasachi Shengdanyachi Amti:
        Peanut Amti (Curry) / Shengdanyachi Amti pairs up well with tempting dishes such as sabudana khichdi, varicha bhat, and sabudana appe or vada. It can be a yummy dip to eat with potato chips during the fasting day.

  • Peanuts 1 cup, dry roasted
  • Green chilies 5 strips
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Veg oil 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves
  • Water 2 cups

  • Dry roast the peanuts in a pan on a low flame till golden color, let the peanuts cool, then rub the peanuts to remove peanuts skin.
  • Now, take the peanuts in a grinder and then add green chilies, salt and ½ cup of water and grind to make a smooth paste.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil/ghee in a kadhai/pan, once oil gets hot add cumin seeds, let it splutter.
  • Now, add the peanut paste followed by 1.5 cups water.
  • stir very well.
  • On a low flame simmer the peanut amti for 5 to 6 minutes with stirring at intervals, lastly garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Peanuts amti is ready to serve, serve the peanut amti with sabudana khichdi, varai rice or sabudana vada. Enjoy!!!

My Take:
  • If amti thickens, then thin it as you like the consistency by adding water.
  • If you don't want to remove peanuts skin, then you can grind them as it is.
  • You can use red chili powder instead of green chilies.

Crispy Potato Fries for Fast/Potato Fries in Air Fryer:

         These potato fries are a healthy, vegan, and gluten-free twist on your fasting day food platter. Top it with some chilled homemade curd/yogurt or go vegan and top it with some creamy coconut milk. Either way, it is a healthy and totally addictive breakfast or lunch recipe that is super easy to make. Fasting days or any other days potato is a delight to savor and to serve.
  • Potatoes 2, peeled, chopped
  • Red Chili Powder ½ Tbsp
  • Salt ½ Tsp
  • Oil for greasing the pan

  • Preheat Air Fryer for 3 minutes at 400 F.
  • Peel, wash, and cut potatoes into small pieces.
  • Grease pan with some oil and add chopped potatoes.
  • Add red chili powder and salt and mix all well.
  • Insert the basket of the air fryer and air fry it at 400 F for 12 minutes.
  • Mix/flip after 5-6 minutes and air fry again.
  • Crispy potato fries are ready to serve, serve with yogurt or top with creamy coconut cream. Enjoy!!!
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Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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