Varai Bhat / Little Millet Bhat

BM #63 Day 22 -

To continue the series of the Maharastrian cuisine, here is another farali recipe, as it is called. Farali means food suitable for fasting. As I mentioned yesterday that is certain communities, there is a certain regimen followed during the fasting days. The regimen includes certain food restrictions and methods of cooking too, sometimes.

Varai in Marathi means little millet or Sawa millet or Sama / Moryaio. So this is a lightly flavored dish which needs an accompaniment suitable for fasting, like the Shendanyachi Amti or Upasachi Batata Bhaji.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Little Millet 3/4 cup
Salt as needed
Ghee 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Cloves 2
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Bay leaf 1
Water 1 1/2 cups

Method Of Preparation -

Wash the little millet and drain. Keep aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat ghee. Add in the cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon.

Add in the washed and drained little millet. Saute until the little millet changes color a little.

Add salt as needed and pour boiling water into the little millet. Cook for a few minutes.

After the water is all absorbed, cover and  reduce the heat to simmer for about 4-5 minutes.

Check if the grains are cooked through and remove from heat.

Serve it Shendanyachi Amti for a fasting feast.

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Preparation Time 15-20 minutes
Serves 2
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, April 26, 2016


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. The dish forms a simple and healthy base for gravy dishes even on non fasting days.

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. That's a wonderful way to cook samai..good one..

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Excellent varai bhat, cant wait to give a try to this healthy dish.

  7. It reminds me of my childhood days when my granny used to cook these fasting dishes. The bhat looks beautiful.

  8. Sounds like the millet version of ghee rice we make. Very tasty..

  9. Srividhya Says:
  10. Love the millet version of this simple bhat.. amazing.

  11. This is a great dish to incorporate millets into out diet.

  12. Pavani Says:
  13. What a healthy and nutritious dish with millets. Pinned!! Harini, I've soooo many of your dishes pinned and I want to try them all soon, hopefully I'll get to do that :-)

  14. Yummy dish which is a healthy one too. Love the use of millets.

  15. Such a healthy and tasty bhat with millets.

  16. Kalyani Says:
  17. simple and hearty ! good choice of millet here :)

  18. Smruti Ashar Says:
  19. Healthy dish for fasting days. We make it in a similar way!

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