Moraiyo | Farali Khichdi | Upvas Bhagar  | Barnyard Millet Porridge | Indian Sama Millet Khichdi

Moraiyo is an easy to cook, healthy, and quick Upvas special recipe made by sauteing a few ingredients and cook it for less than 20 min. Moraiyo is a small seed and round in shape like a thick Semolina/Rava. Sama is one of the varieties of millet made from the seeds of the Amaranth/Rajgira Plant.

Moraiyo | Farali Khichdi


I have used ghee/clarified butter, green chilies, curry leaves and cumin seed for saute`, water/buttermilk for cooking Moriayo, and coriander leaves to garnish. You can add a few drops of lemon juice if you like more tangy flavor. Adding ginger while saute` is optional for more spicy and intense flavor. Make sure you use Sendha Namak (Himalayan Rock Salt) instead of regular salt if you are making this for your fast/vrat. If you like vegetables in it, then you can add Potato in cubes while cooking.

In India, people generally eat Moraiyo as a meal during lunch or dinner. It is healthy, light as well as filling the stomach. Usually, people make Sama Khichdi on Hindu vrat/fasting days like Ekadashi, Navratri, Shivratri, Janmashtami Ganesh Chaturthi, and especially during Sama Pacham.

Moraiyo | Farali Khichdi

Moraiyo is also known as Mordhan, Bhagar, Sawa Millet, Little Millet, Moraiya, Sama, Saamai, Shama, Samvat, Shamula, Shamul, Vari, Varai, Vrat Ke Chawal, Samak, Barnyard Millet, Kudirai Valu, and Bonta Chamalu. It is one of the most digestible, low in calorie, Gluten-free, and non-allergic grains available around the world. Moraiyo is rich in fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, amino acids, vitamins A, B, and C. As it has ample health benefits, we must include this grain in our regular diet and day-to-day cooking.

You can pair this Moriya Khichdi with Fried Masala Peanuts, Plain Curd/Yogurt, Farali/Rajgira Kadhi, Peanut chutney, Farali Mixture/Chivda. Serve this Sama Khichdi immediately as it will become lumpy after some time upon cooling.

Here is the video recipe of How to make Moraiyo – Farali Khichadi :


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You can also try other Vrat Special Farali Recipes :

Farali Kadhi – Rajgira Kadhi

Sabudana Khichadi

Banana Chips

Sugar-Free Dates and Nuts Ladoo

Recipe card of the Moraiyo Recipe :

Moraiyo ( Farali Khichdi – Moraiya Khichdi )
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Moraiyo called as Sawa millet, Little Millet, Saamai, Moraiya etc. Moriyo is easy to cook and quick fast special recipe.
Recipe type: Vrat Recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3
  • Moraiyo / Sama / Bhagar - ¾ cup
  • Water - 2-3 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Peanuts - Handful ( optional )
  • Potato - 1, chopped ( optional )
  • Green chili - 1-2, chopped
  • Curry leaves - 1 spring
  • Salt - according to taste
  • Curd - ¼ cup or Lemon - 1 ( optional )
  • Fresh coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Instructions ( 1 cup = 250 ml, 1 tbsp = 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml)
  1. Take moraiyo in a bowl. Wash properly for 2-3 times.
  2. Add 2-3 cups of water and keep it aside.
  3. If you want to prepare moraiyo with curd, then at this stage, make buttermilk by mixing curd and water with the help of a blender and keep it aside.
  4. Heat a pan or pressure cooker on slow flame.
  5. Add ghee.
  6. Add cumin seeds. When they start to turn brown, add chopped chili and curry leaves.
  7. Saute for 30 sec. Add a handful of peanuts. ( optional )
  8. If you like, add chopped potato at this stage.
  9. Add water or buttermilk.
  10. Add salt according to taste.
  11. When it boils, then add soaked moraiyo.
  12. Mix well and cover the pan.
  13. Now cook on slow flame or pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
  14. Once pressure is released, open the pan.
  15. Adjust the consistency by adding water if required.
  16. Add lemon juice ( if prepared using plain water ) and chopped coriander leaves.
  17. Serve immediately with farali kadhi or fresh curd.
You can add chopped potatoes and roasted peanuts to enhance the taste.