Fasting is a very integral part of the Hindu religion. Individuals observe different kinds of fasts based on personal beliefs and local customs. Do you know the Spiritual reason behind the fasting? This is what my grandmom told me (don’t know whether it’s true or not) – Fasting is like punishing yourself by eliminating many indulging food. So instead of God punishing you, punish yourself. This
would lessen some of your sins and you will have more good time in your life.
in north and western india, however, in south india fasting is not observed. in south india people do worship of deities and make sundals or sweet recipes to offer as prasadam.
samvat rice khichdi – savory porridge made with barnyard millet and potatoes.
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
1 cup sama ke chawal/barnyard millet/samvat rice
½ cup cubed potatoes/aloo
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
½ tsp black pepper/sabut kalimirch, crushed in a mortar-pestle
1 to 1.5 tsp ginger-green chili paste or ½ inch ginger & 1-2 green chilies, crushed in a mortar-pestle
3 cups water
2 tbsp ghee or peanut oil
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
rock salt/sendha namak as required
in a bowl, soak the sama chawal for an hour. drain and then keep aside.
in a thick bottomed pan heat 2 tbsp ghee or peanut oil. add 1 tsp cumin seeds.
fry the cumin seeds till they change color.
now add 1 to 1.5 tsp ginger+green chili paste and ½ tsp crushed black pepper. saute till the raw aroma of both the green chilies and ginger goes away.
then add ½ cup potato cubes. stir and saute for two to three minutes.
then add the drained sama chawal. stir and saute for a minute.
add 3 cups water. stir again. 3 cups water makes the khichdi mushy, which we prefer. if you want separate grains then just add 1.5 to 2 cups water.
season with rock salt/sendha namak and stir well.
cover the pan with a lid and on a low flame allow the grains to simmer and get cooked.
do check and stir at intervals.
once the grains have softened and cooked well, switch off the flame. you can add about 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves here and mix. also if you prefer, you can add some lemon juice. since i was serving the khichdi with vrat ki kadhi which is also sour, i did not add lemon juice.
serve samvat rice khichdi topped with a bit of ghee and garnished with coriander leaves with vrat ki kadhi, peanut kadhi or any curry meant for fasting. you can also have this sama chawal khichdi with plain yogurt.