Sama Peanut Curd Rice - dairy-free, grain-free version!

Prep Time
2 hours
Cook Time
15 minutes
1 servings

No south Indian meal is complete without a serving of curd rice. It's been the go-to dish whenever the stomach is in distress. The probiotics in the curd help to improve the gut bacteria. It is a fantastic cooling dish to beat the heat. It has also been believed to be brain food. It is traditionally made with cooked rice and dairy yoghurt. Here’s introducing you to a healthier, dairy-free, grain-free, curd rice made with peanut curd and steamed Sama/ little millet and a mildly flavoured tempering.

  • Sama rice: ¼ cup (soaked for 2 hours)
  • Peanut curd: ½ cup (beaten smooth)
  • Rock salt: to taste
  • Cucumber: 2 tsp(cut into tiny cubes)
  • Cold pressed coconut oil: 1 tsp(optional)
  • Urad dal: ½ tsp
  • Mustard: ¼ tsp
  • Ginger: ½ tsp(finely chopped)
  • Green chilli: 1 no (sliced big)
  • Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Water: as required
  • Soak sama rice in water for at least two hours.
  • Drain and cook in ¾ cup of water. It would take around 8-10 minutes to have soft cooked sama. You could add extra water if you find it not mushy enough.
  • Mash the cooked sama with the back of a ladle.
  • Add the beaten curd gradually and mix thoroughly till it gets a thick porridge-like consistency.
  • Add salt, cucumber cubes.
  • Heat oil and add mustard, when it splutters add urad dal and fry it until it gets a light brown colour, add the chopped ginger and green chillies and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the tempering to the sama and curd mixture.
  • Serve with your favorite pickle.

Eating guide:

  • Food group: millets.
  • Always soak millets before cooking.
  • Makes a wholesome meal for the summer time.
  • Curd is a great probiotic that nurtures the gut bacteria.
  • Sama is an ideal replacement for white rice.

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