Friday, March 14, 2014

Samai Kanji

#SamaiKanji  #LittleMilletPorridge : #Samai or #SamaiArisi is called #LittleMillet in English.

Samai Arisi { Little Millet }

#LittleMillet (Panicum sumatrense, Syn.: Panicum miliare auct. non Lam.) is a species of #millet in the family Poaceae. Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panicum_sumatrense

I bought a kg of samai rice in an Agricultural exhibition held at agricultural University of Chhattisgarh, Raipur. Millets are widely grown in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. A stall of Bastar Agricultural Department were selling all types of millet. Previously Little millet I bought in Chennai seems to be polished and white in color. But this one is slightly dull in color. The grains are looking same as #varagarisi but smaller in size.

The Nutritional composition per 100 gm 
printed on the cover :
Protein                                  7.7 %
Fat                                        4.7 %
Fibre                                     7.6 %
Calcium [ mg/100 gm ]         17 %
Iron [ mg/100gm protein ]     9.3 %


Here let me present a simple tasty kanji [ porridge ] using Little millet.


Samai Arisi Kanji [ Little millet gruel ]

Ingredients :
3/4 cup                                 Samai Arisi [ Little Millet ]
1/4 cup                                  Green Gram Dal
1/2 Tsp                                  Venthayam [ Fenugreek ]
1 Tsp                                     Cumin
10                                          Black pepper
1 or 2                                    Green Chilly, split lengthwise
A small piece                         Ginger, chop nicely [ optional ]
4 cloves                                 Garlic, chop nicely
1/4 cup                                  Carrot chopped
Small quantity                         Coriander leaves [ optional ]
Small quanity                          Pudhina [ optional ]
Small quantity                         Curry leaves
3/4 Tsp                                  Salt
1/2 cup                                  Milk or Coconut Milk

Method :
Take samai arisi, green gram dal and fenugreek in cooker.
Wash two times and add all other given ingredients except milk.


Now add 3 1/2 cups of water.
Mix well and keep on a stove with HIGH flame.


Pressure cook for 3 whistles and 5 minutes at SIM.
Open after the steam completely subsides.


Add milk/coconut milk and mix well with a ladle. Tasty kanji is ready.


Serve hot in a bowl with any chutney of your choice.

Samai Arisi Kanji [ Little millet gruel ]







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