Yet another delicious way to fast! We make many types of kheer/ payasam during festivals and usually with dal and rice or other ingredients, so when fast /vrat days are to be followed there is no reason to avoid eating such foods that are and can be consumed during fast. I make these on other days too as I find the samvat chawal cooks well and quickly , besides being healthy too.So fasting with healthy foods in a yummy way!
1 litre full thick milk
1/4 cup samvat rice / barn yard millet/samo
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp green cardamoms
some blanched almonds slivered.
Mix some saffron strands in warm milk and add to kheer to give a yummy flavor .
Keep the samvat rice and milk to boil on a very low flame, when it is cooked, add the sugar.
Add the raisins, cardamom .
Let it boil on a very low flame till it appears thickened. Keep scraping off the sides to help thicken .
Remove and serve with blanched slivered almonds garnished.
Some healthy Info about Millets
Additional Information about Millets
Nutritional Value Barnyard Millets /Samvat chaval
Millets, are predominantly starchy. The protein content is comparable to that of wheat and maize.
Barnyard millet has the lowest carbohydrate content and energy value amongst all the varieties of Millets. The bran layers of millets are good sources of B-complex vitamins.
Barnyard millet is an appropriate food for patients intolerant to gluten causing celiac disease.
These are tiny, white, round grains belonging to the millet family. cereal grains are not consumed during fasts. Hence, samvat is a popular ingredient during Navratras. While cooking any rice based dish during fasts, samvat or sama grains are used instead, as they do not belong to the rice family but act as an healthy alternative. It does not cook into separate grains like long grained rice. It is sticky once it is cooked and stays a bit soggy. They are somewhat like smaller versions of saboodana .
Millets are highly nutritious, non glutinous and non acid forming, so highly recommended for easy digestion of foods.
Millets are considered to be the least allergenic grains available. Compared to rice they release less percentage of glucose and very low GI foods.Thus it lowers the risk of diabetes.
Millets are particularly high in minerals,iron,magnesium,phosphorous and potassium
Ragi is the richest of all millets in calcium, about 10 times that of rice or wheat.