Sama ki poori | Barnyard Millet Flatbread

As with every other festival, my memories of navratri are mainly about food. Turns out I was a glutton then as well ;)

Sama ki poori | Barnyard Millet Flatbread
My dad has always been a religious kind of guy, specially around a few customs he sticks to. Like everyday morning, he gives water to the sun and then lights that diya in the small portable temple we have at home. Like come what may, he will buy that boondi prasad every Tuesday, put bhog (a symbolism for making God taste the prasad) and distribute it to kids. A lot of times I have wondered if these are more habits than the real feeing of devotion and religion but to him they seem to bring calm.

Similarly, one thing he follows every year is the Navaratri customs. For those 9 days, no garlic and onion would be used in anything made at home. He would even give up his beloved scotch a day. Though now he doesn't fast while growing up he used to fast on all nine days and if work was very busy he would at least keep the fast on the first and last day. Me and my sisters won't fast but would still look forward to those 9 days cause dad fasting meant delicious and different food. He was a terrible faster and needed to eat something every hour, far more than he would eat on a normal day :)

Sama ki poori | Barnyard Millet Flatbread

There would be vrat walli patti which were essentially rajigira (amaranath bars), there would be sabudana vada and namkeen. There would be kuttu ke pakore (buckwheat fritters) and makhane ki kheer (foxnut & milk pudding) and there would be tons of aloo, dahi walle aloo, dry roasted aloo, fried aloo, aloo chaat and more.

Among this all there was this swaang ke chawal or sama or Samavat Rice, which both me and dad used to love. Mum would make khichdi out of it or kheer and on the last day of navratra without a fail she would make poori's of sama atta and serve it along with aloo ki sabji and curd. I think I started keeping the fast at one point only for eating this food. I don't fast anymore (and I am fast turning into an atheist I feel, of course I can never give up festivals because they mean food) but this is one food I still make every year.

Sama ki poori | Barnyard Millet Flatbread

Upon a little research, I figured that sama ke chawal is a strain of Barnyard millet and extremely healthy gluten free millet, it did made me wonder if traditionally these nine days were actually a way to cleanse your gut. Essentially a lot of food that was eaten was clean, high calorie yes but clean local food be it amaranth or buckwheat or the Barnyard millet.

And of if you are really worried about the deep frying and making poori's out of it, the paranthas come out pretty nice as well

Sama ki poori | Barnyard Millet Flatbread

Also coming up next : How did my navratri memories changed once I married into a south Indian household :)
As with every other festival, my memories of navratri are mainly about food. Turns out I was a glutton then as well ;) My dad has always been a religious kind of guy, specially around a few customs he sticks to. Like everyday morning, he gives water to the sun and then lights that diya in the small ...

Sama ki poori | Barnyard Millet Flatbread

Summary

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  • Coursemain course
  • Cuisinenorth indian
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time15 minutesPT0H15M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time25 minutesPT0H25M

Ingredients

Sama ka atta (Barnyard Millet Flour)
2 cups
Boiled potato, mashed
1
Warm water for kneading
Salt
to taste
Oil for deep frying

Steps

  1. In a large bowl, mix together mashed potato, salt and the sama ka atta.
  2. Slowly add warm water to it and knead to form a soft dough
  3. Make small balls of the dough and let it sit for 2 minutes.
  4. Either using hands flatten the balls in a small disc ready to fry or use a ziploc which has been cut from the sides and roll the ball by placing in between the ziploc layers.
  5. If making poori, deep fry in hot oil or cook it on the tawa till crisp
  6. Serve hot with tamatar aloo or dahi walle aloo

Some more recipes to check out if you are fasting

Skip the onion in this, you don't add it traditionally. I just like it like that

http://www.sinamontales.com/chironji-makhane-ki-kheer-recipe
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