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Sama Rice Pulao(Fasting Recipe)

Sama Rice or Barnyard Millet is a gluten-free grain Pulao during the fasting days. How to prepare gluten-free Sama Rice Pulao
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Soaking Time 30 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1/2 Cup Sama Rice
  • 1 Potato
  • 2-3 Curry Leaves
  • 1-2 Green Chilies
  • 1-2 Tsp Desi Ghee
  • 2-3 Tbsp Mixed Nuts(Almonds, Cashew Nuts)
  • Sendha Namak/Himalayan rock Salt as per taste


  • Wash Sama Rice/Barnyard Millet in water. Soak rice for at least 30 mins.
  • Cut potatoes in small cubes. Roughly chop the nuts.
  • When ready to prepare, heat oil in a pan or kadhai. 
  • Add curry leaves, green chillies, saute for few seconds, add potatoes, and crushed 
  • Cook potatoes for a minute, Add the crushed nuts and saute. 
  • Add the soaked sama rice/millet. Add 1-1.5 Cups water. Cover and cook rice till  is soft, properly cooked and water. 
  • If cooking in pressure cooker, cook till 1-2 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally. 
  • Fluff the rice lightly, have it with yogurt or Vrat ki kadhi.

Instant Pot Method

  • Swtich on the saute Mode on high.
  • Add ghee to the inner pot. Add curry leaves, green chillies. Saute potatoes and add nuts.
  • Add sama rice and water. Add salt as per taste.
  • Cancel the Saute Mode. Lock the lid, set the pressure cook mode on high. 
  • Set the timer for 5 minutes. Once the time is over, release the pressure and check the rice. fluff with fork.
  • Serve hot.


  • When making it for non-fasting days, add other vegetables like peas, cauliflower, carrots. It depends upon the dietary preferences. Many people add vegetables.
  • You can add whole spices like cinnamon powder, bay leaf, cloves, black pepper and cumin to add more flavor.
  • You can add table salt also. People add sendha namak as they restrict slat intake to sendha namak during fasting.
Keyword Fasting Recipe, Sama Ke Chawal, Sama Rice Pulao