Saturday 5 November 2016

Saamai Vegetable Biryani/Little Millet Vegetable Biryani/Saamai Vegetable Biryani Recipe

Today, I am going to share a very healthy and filling Saamai Biryani/Little Millet Biryani. Saamai is called as kutki in hindi, sama in telugu, saame in kannada and chama in malayalam. Little millet/saamai is smaller in size when compared to other common millet varieties. It is rich in fibre, helps in reducing fat and is good for bones and muscles. Saamai has lot of iron and has high antioxidant activity. It helps in controlling the blood sugar level and helps in healing diseases related to stomach. I have already blogged about millets in deatail here. Do not forget to check "all about millets" and other interesting millet recipes in the links. Meanwhile do try out this healthy and delicious Saamai Vegetable Biryani and post your comments.

Here’s how to make Saamai Vegetable Biryani with step by step photos...
Saamai/Little Millet
1 cup
1 big cut to cubes [Carrot,potatoes, peas]
2 medium size finely chopped
Green Chillies
2 Slit lengthwise
Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp
Mixed Vegetables
1 ½ cup chopped
Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp
Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp
Garam Masala Powder
½ tsp
2 tsp
Coriander Leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped
as needed
2 cups to cook samai

For Tempering
Oil + ghee     
2 tbsp
1 inch piece - 2
Star Anise
One small piece
Bay leaf
Fennel Seeds
½ tsp
Preparation Time: 10 minutes     
Cooking Time: 20 minutes           
Serves: 2-3
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Wash and soak the samai/little millet for 15-20 minutes. After 20 minutes, drain the water and keep it aside.

Heat oil + ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel/pressure cooker. Add all the ingredients mentioned under tempering [cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise, bay leaf, fennel seeds] and saute until nice aroma fills the room.

Add the chopped onion, green chillies and saute well until it turns translucent. Now add the ginger & garlic paste and saute well until the raw smell of it vanishes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and fry well until they turn mushy.

Add the cut vegetables [you can any vegetable of your choice, I have added potatoes, carrots and peas]  and saute for about 2-3 minutes.

Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and stir really well for about a minute.

Add the finely chopped coriander leaves mint leaves and get a good stir.

Add about 2 cups of water to the vegetables.

Now add 1 tsp of cur/yogurt to the vegetable mixture. Check the spice and salt level at this point and adjust according to your requirement.

Let the water come to rolling boil.

At that time add the samai and stir well. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 1 whistle and simmer the stove for 5 minutes, then switch off the stove. If you are cooking in a heavy bottomed vessel, cover it with a lid and cook for about 15 minutes or until done.

Wait for all the pressure to release, then open the pressure cooker lid, fluff it up with a fork.

Serve this delicious and super healthy samai biryani with any raita for your choice.

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1 comment:

  1. Millets are small grains with high nutrients in it. Richmillet is a exclusive millet store in Hyderabad.


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