Friday, October 4, 2013

Bhagar Pulao (Samo Seeds Pilaf)

Happy Navratri!! 
The festival of Navratri (nav = nine and ratri = nights) lasts for 9 days with three days each devoted to worship of Maa Durga, the Goddess of Valor, Ma Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. During the nine days of Navratri, feasting and fasting take precedence over all normal daily activities amongst the Hindus. Evenings give rise to the religious dances in order to worhip Goddess Durga Maa.The 9 nights festival of Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina of the bright fortnight. Seeds are sown, sprouting is watched, the planets are consecrated, and on the 8th and 9th days, Goddess Durga, Vijayashtami and Mahanavami are worshiped. - source

Today, i prepared bhagar Pulao / Pilaf for Farhal . This Pulao is very delicious and rich in taste. Bhagar is also known samo seeds and sanwa millet and as sago it can be eaten during fasting.

Preparation time: 5-7 minute
cooking time: 20 minute
serves : 2

  • 1 cup Bhagar / Samo Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1 teaspoon green chili chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup  peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons broken cashews
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/3 cup carrot cubed
  • 1/3 cup potato cubed
  • Salt to taste (Sendha namak)
  • 2 cup warm water
  • lime Juice to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

  1. Clean and Wash Bhagar, drain excess water and set aside. Heat the oil in a small pressure cooker, add Jeera.
  2. After it crackle, add green chili and grated ginger and saute for a while.
  3. Add peanuts, cashews and raisins and again saute till they turn slightly in color.
  4. Now add Samo seeds / bhagar and salt and saute it for a minute. Then add carrot and potato and mix well. 
  5. Next add 2 cup warm water and close the lid and pressure cook till 2 whistle on medium flame or until cooked.
  6. Garnish with lime juice and coriander leaves and serve hot.
Note : you can do entire procedure in a pot instead of pressure cooker just make sure stir in between.

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  1. Love this pilaf in Navratri ... Good one !

  2. Looks delish,This grain is new to me,tempeted to try,Happy Navarathri :)

  3. This recipe is very new to me.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Its very new to me. I think my little girl is going to love this one.

  5. Delicious pilaf and looks very tempting...

  6. What colours.Tempting. :)
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