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sama ki idli
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Sama ki Idli for Fasting

Sama ki idli -Steamed cakes made with Barnyarn millet/Varai-Vrat ka khana, Glutenfree recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: fasting recipe, snacks/starters
Cuisine: Gujarati Cuisine
Keyword: barnyarn, glutenfree, millet, sama,, samak idli
Servings: 12 piece
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 1 cup Sama/ Varai/ Moraiya
  • 3 tbsp Tapioca Pearls / Sago / Sabudana
  • 1/2 cup Sour Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • To Taste Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fruit salt
  • 1 tsp Ginger/ Adrak chopped

For Tempering/ Tadka

  • 3/4 tsp Cumin/ Jeera
  • 1.5 tsp Green Chili/ Hari Mirch
  • 2 tbsp Cashew / kaju chopped


  • Wash and soak samak and sabudana in enough water for 4 hours.
    Now drain all the water and grind both with yogurt and make a coarse paste.
  • Take out the paste in a bowl.
  • Heat oil in a small pan and add cashews and fry on low flame to a light golden colour.
  • Add the fried cashews in sama mixture.
  • Now add cumin and chilies in the same pan and fry till cumin become golden in colour.
  • Add this tempering into the mixture.
  • Add ginger,lemon juice and salt in the batter and stir well.
  • Boil enough water in the idli steamer and grease the idli mould with oil.
    When water start boiling,mix fruit salt in the sama batter and immediately pour the idli batter in the moulds.
  • Cover the steamer and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Now switch off the flame and remove the plates from the steamer after 5-8 minutes.
  • Now with a greased spoon scoop out the idlis.
  • Serve with coconut chutney, green chutney or fruit and nut chutney.


The batter of this idli should be slightly thinner then the regular idli batter,as the sama swell up while steaming or cooking.The idli may become hard if you use very thick batter