Barnyard Millet, also known as Sama Rice, or Samvat Ke Chawal in Hindi, is a wild seed and not a grain. This 'fasting rice' is popularly consumed in India on fasting days during which cereal grains are avoided. Very nutritious, barnyard millet tastes almost similar to broken rice when cooked, making it a great alternative.
- Rich in fiber and protein.
- Supportive food for diabetics
- Being a whole grain, it helps reduce risk of asthma.
- Good source of iron
Barnyard millet can be used in a variety of ways, either cooked as a regular main dish (upma) or as porridge. It can also be used it in desserts like cookies or payasam, or to thicken soups.
Read about different types of millets here.