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Samak Rice as Vrat Food during Navratri – Health Benefits of Sama Ke Chaval - Moriyo or Vari Cha Tandul

Khicadi prepared using Samak Rice during Navratri is considered a good vrat food with high nutrition and good health benefits. The rice is known as sama ke chaval, mordhan or sava chaval in North India, samo or moriyo in Gujarati and bhagar or vari cha tandul in Marathi. The rice is procured from a wild grass and is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals.

It is considered as a fruit and an ideal substitute to rice. Rice and other grains are not consumed by many people who undertake Navratri fasting.

Health benefits of Samak Rice
  • High fiber content.
  • Easily digestable
  • Similar to rice in taste.
  • Rich source of minerals and vitamins.
  • High in potassium
  • Good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C
  • Good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Phosphorus, iron, folate and copper.
Food prepared using Samak include
  • Samak Pulao
  • Samak kheer
  • Khichadi
  • Plain rice