Ekadashi Farali Bhat | How to make Sweet Moriyo

>>  Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Ekadashi Farali Bhat - A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets

It is interesting how you come about a dish. Especially when you least expect it to happen. While my list was almost filled up, there were a handful of alphabets that seem so tough to crack. E was one of them and I was literally breaking my head (just for dramatics)

Apart from scanning whole of the net, I was pestering my Maharatrian BM buddies as well. In the process, I pinged Varada. I told her I need help with E and she said there may not be much choice for E, and suggested I could do Ekadashi something. 

Well, that was all the lead I needed. Until then I never realized there are so many Vrat Ki Khanna. I knew it was a very important aspect of our religious cooking. Since I never fast and also the fasting rules in our place is different, I never really looked into it.

Ekadashi Farali Bhat
Though we had our paternal grandparents living with us for major years of my growing, there were not much of these religious outlooks on the younger generation. We believe one can be pious and not overly religious in our habits. So Amma was the only one who fasted and she never forced it on us. 

Fasting in our home during pooja time would be either to skip the meal, as she will be busy cooking or else only have a light tiffin for dinner on certain days. So the concept of cooking Fasting or Farali dishes is uncommon to us. I updated myself to know that  "farali"refers to fasting.

So when Varada said Ekadashi, then so many things came up. However, I had to pick up a sweet right. So I landed in this site and happy to see so many special Ekadasi dishes and a sweet dish as well. I had no other thought other than doing it for E.

Ekadashi Farali Bhat is a sweet made with moriyo or Little Millet. Though I am familiar with little Millet and have got it for Athamma, I personally never cooked it or tasted it. I have eaten Foxtail Millet or Korralu. 

The Little Millet in known in  Gujarati Samo / Moriyo / Gajro / kuri, in Marathi Sava, Halvi, vari, "Bhagar' or "Vari cha Tandul", in Hindi it is called "Mordhan" or "Sava ka chawal" / Moraiyo, Kutki, Shavan. In Bengali, it is called as Sama. In Tamil, it is called Samai. In Telugu, it is called as Samalu. In Oriya, it is called as Suan.

These millets are prepared mostly as Khichadis and consumed mainly during festival fasting days. So finding a sweet dish was my luck.

Ekadashi Special Farali Bhat

Ingredients Needed:

Sava chaval/ Moriyo/ Samo seeds / Little Millet –  1/2 cup
Coconut (Fresh/Dry) - 1/2 cup, I used fresh coconut
Milk – 4 cups (4 times your dry mixture)
Sugar – 3/4 cup (or as per your taste)
Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon, to roast coconut and moriyo
Cardamom powder
Clove – optional
Chopped and roasted Almonds, Pista and Cashew as per taste
Saffron few strands

How to make the Bhat

In a nonstick pan, heat ghee and roast coconut and samai for 4 to 5 mins.

Then add milk, stir and then add sugar. Cover and let it cook for 10 mins, in interval keep stirring.

After about 10 mins when the pudding starts to thicken, turn off the heat.

Add Cardamom powder. If you are using Cloves, roast it with coconut and moriyo. For color, you can add saffron.

Garnish with dry fruits.

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Sapana Behl April 6, 2016 at 12:07 AM  

Sama rice bhat looks so saatvik.My mom makes kheer and khichdi of it during fasting.Even I was introduced with the term Farali few years back.

Usha April 6, 2016 at 12:25 AM  

I never noticed special food prepared for fasting though I have read on non south Indian blogs about vrat ki khana. Sweet looks so good.

vaishali sabnani April 6, 2016 at 12:42 AM  

Yes this is very popular in Gujrat and delicious too. Some alphabets are really tough to crack but you hit the nail on the head . Nicely done Bhat .

Suma Gandlur April 6, 2016 at 3:29 AM  

So this is like our equivalent of Pongal or paramannam and it must have tasted yummy.

Smruti Shah April 6, 2016 at 4:27 AM  

I have had sama khichdi, pattice and kheer. Your bhat recipe looks amazing. Time to try it out on next Ekadashi!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 6, 2016 at 8:19 AM  

I guess it is time to start keeping vrat on Ekadashis. If I was allowed to eat something like this, I will not mind fasting :) Looks amazing and love your vocabulary in all the language.

The Pumpkin Farm April 6, 2016 at 8:56 AM  

everyone is always fasting on some day or other in maharashtra, and this one tells the reason for is something i am tempted to make for shlok's dabba as well

Gayathri Kumar April 6, 2016 at 12:46 PM  

This is so much like our pongal recipe. I have never fasted and so I have no idea about all these foods cooked during fasting. Very interesting to know..

Pavani N April 6, 2016 at 8:14 PM  

That is such a delicious looking dessert with little millet. It looks sooo good. I've a packet of samo in the fridge waiting to be used, will try to make this dish soon.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan April 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM  

Vrat khana with little millet rice is so interesting. Great share valli.

Amara Annapaneni April 7, 2016 at 5:08 AM  

When we fast, we are either skipping a meal or eating fruits as a substitute so didn't get much into vrat recipes. Some of my North Indian friends used to say about special food... Interesting share Valli. Should try it soon:)

rajani April 7, 2016 at 7:52 AM  

Fasting usually means no food for us, but the varieties of fasting food makes one think again ;-). Jokes apart, the traditions are so different in different parts of India that even after years of staying in one place you will always find something new!

Nalini's Kitchen April 7, 2016 at 9:14 AM  

Sounds interesting Valli, nice recipe with little millet..

Kalyani April 7, 2016 at 4:52 PM  

my neighbours are maharashtrians so I got to taste this and liked it.. good to read abt the fasting too ...

Padma Rekha April 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM  

How can I forget commenting in your space!!! anyway That's a healthy recipe bookmarked.. I do fasting, specially when I was fasting I don't get ideas what to cook for my self this one is a good choice.

Priya Suresh April 8, 2016 at 1:33 AM  

Never tried this kind of vrat dishes for fasting, though we do fasting. Farali bhat looks very delicious, definitely an interesting fasting dish.

Padmajha PJ April 8, 2016 at 6:21 AM  

This looks more like a sweet treat than a fasting food!! The fasting foods are very different between my maternal and paternal grandparents. Now I feel I have to record those dishes even though I don't fast...

Chef Mireille April 11, 2016 at 6:51 AM  

since I like creamy sweet puddings this is my kind of dish

Priya Srinivasan April 13, 2016 at 1:43 PM  

Looks simple and delicious valli. I know how happy one feel when u find a recipe for toughest alphabets during Mega BM!!!

Ruchi Indu April 15, 2016 at 12:31 PM  

Sounds like samai payasam... BTW what is little millet called in malayalam? Even I need to find it out.

veena krishnakumar May 3, 2016 at 6:33 PM  

I havent blogged about fasting food till now.And i realised that there are so many types including this sweet one. Bookmarked valli. Looks good

Nisha Sundar May 12, 2016 at 11:44 PM  

simple and delicious sweet. I think this Vrat ka khana is more popular in the North. All we have is kanji and fruits and milk. :)

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