Varyache Tandul, Samo Rice, Samai

Varyache Tandul | Varicha Bhat | Bhagar | Samo Rice for Ekadashi

Last week, we were having a very interesting discussion on the benefits of eating millets, instead of grains. This was in the middle of a serious music class. 😀 I have been meaning to feature recipes using millets for a while now and have never gotten round to it. So I decided to make an auspicious start this Ashadi Ekadashi today.

On Ekadashi, people fast and refrain from eating rice. In Maharashtra, a popular dish to cook on this day is Varyache Tandul (also called Varicha Bhat or Bhagar).

Typically Shengdanyachi Amti (also known as Danyachi Amti) is served along with it. Both Varyacha Tandul and the Amti are cooked to meet requirements of Vrat ka Khana or Upwas ka Khana. However, this does not detract from the taste at all and the result is a delicious meal.

Do try the Kuthiraivali Pongal or Barnyard Millet Pongal as well. If you want a one dish meal, try

Recipe for Varyache Tandul | Varicha Bhat | Samo Rice Bhagar

Varyache Tandul - Samo Rice - Bhagar - Ashadi Ekadashi Special
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Varyache Tandul is often made on Ekadashi in Maharashtra as a substitute for rice. However, this dish, also known as Samo Rice, Bhagar, or Samai, is very healthy and can be eaten every day.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3 Cups
Author: Aruna Panangipally
  • 1 Cup Varai. Samai, Samo Rice
  • 2 or 3 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • Salt to Taste
  1. Chop the green chillies to fine pieces.
  2. Dry roast the Varai till it just starts to change colour.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a kadhai, over medium heat, melt the ghee.
  5. Add cumin seeds.
  6. When the cumin seeds starts to change colour, add the green chilly pieces.
  7. Saute for a couple of seconds.
  8. Add the roasted Varai.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Add 3 cups of water and some salt.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Cover and cook till the Varai is well-cooked. Mix every few minutes.


Varyache Tandul | Varicha Bhat | Bhagar | Samo Rice is a popular Upwas ka khana or Vrat ka Khana in Maharashtra, especially on Ekadashi
Varyache Tandul | Varicha Bhat | Bhagar | Samo Rice


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