Barnyard millet pudding is a very healthy, creamy and rich delicacy made up of barnyard millet. Barnyard millet has many names in India. In Gujarati it is called Samo or Moriyo, in Marathi it is called bhagar or Vari cha Tandul, in Hindi it is called Mordhan or Sava ka chawal, Sama ke chawal, Vrat ke chawal, samak ke chawal. It’s biological name is Echinochloa Colonum.
Barnyard millet is called rice but it is not cereal. It is a seed of wild grass (Echinochloa Colonum) grows which frequently grows amongst the rice paddy. That is why this rice allowed to be in food for spiritual fasting days in hindu festivals and it also became popular as vrat ke chawal means fasting rice. It is healthy and nutritious rice which can be eaten during regular days also.
Vrat ke Chawal – ¼ cup
Milk – 2 1/2 cups
Jaggery(gud) – 3 tablespoon or Sugar to taste
Green cardamom – 4, crushed into fine powder
Saffron – few strands
Dry nuts(almond, cashews, raisin) – 2 tablespoon, chopped
Full recipe: Sama Ke Chawal Ki Kheer (Barnyard Millet Pudding)