Sama Khichdi Recipe - Barnyard Millet Khichdi -Navratri Fasting - Vrat Recipe

A delicious and creamy Khichdi recipe made with Barnyard Millets also known as Sama that can be served during Navratri fasting or Vrat fasting time

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Sama Khichdi Recipe - Barnyard Millet Khichdi -Navratri Fasting - Vrat Recipe
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Sama Khichdi Recipe - Barnyard Millet Khichdi is a one pot dish made with Barnyard Millet with an assortment of vegetables flavoured with Indian spices. It is made in a pressure cooker which helps in cooking faster as well as gives a creamy texture to the dish.

Did you know : Barnyard millet is rich in fibre, they are gluten free and a vegan cereal. Therefore many people prefer this while fasting for Navratri. The millet has a Semolina or Rava texture. 

Serve your creamy Sama Khichdi with Cucumber Green Chilli Raita with Makhana Moongphali Ki Kadhi to enjoy your meal.

If you are looking for more Khichdi recipes here are some of our favourites:

  1. Palak Khichdi Recipe
  2. Khichdi Roti Recipe
  3. Sabakki Uppittu Recipe (South Indian Style Sabudana Khichdi)

Cuisine: Indian
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

45 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Barnyard Millet
  • 1 Green Chilli , finely chopped
  • 1 Potato (Aloo) , boiled and cubed
  • 1 Carrot (Gajjar) , finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 1 Bay leaves (tej patta) , torn
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 2 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns , crushed
  • Salt , to taste (rock salt)
  • 1 teaspoon Oil

How to make Sama Khichdi Recipe - Barnyard Millet Khichdi -Navratri Fasting - Vrat Recipe

  1. We begin making Sama Khichdi Recipe (Vrat Recipe) by dry roasting the barnyard millets in a pan till it turns slight brown. Turn off the flame and allow it to cool. 

  2. Then in a pressure cooker add 1 teaspoon cooking oil,

  3. Once the oil is hot, add green chillies, bay leaves, cinnamon and crushed pepper corns and give it a good stir

  4. Next add the chopped potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and saute until for a few minutes until they are slightly soft.

  5. Add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of sama rice to get a creamy consistency. 

  6. Let the water boil and then add the millet and cover it for 5 minutes and let it cook for 2 whistles.

  7. Turn of the heat and allow the pressure to release naturally.

  8. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves and squeeze in the lemon and give it a mix.

  9. Serve your creamy Sama Khichdi with Cucumber Green Chilli Raita with Makhana Moongphali Ki Kadhi to enjoy your meal.