Samai Elumichai Sadam is the millet version of lemon rice made with Little Millet. This is prepared the same way as you would with regular Rice.
So for Navratri Day 3 Neivedyam, I made Samai Elumichai Sadam and Kondakadalai Sundal. My plan was to cook all the main dishes with different millets this year. Somehow I couldn’t shop on time and ended up not having anything on hand. Now my grocery is filled with different millets and each day with be a regular dish made with different millet.
Each year I have been observing Navratri by preparing special dishes for all nine days. You can check the Navratri Special Dishes in the list.
Samai Elumichai Sadam
For the Rice
1 cup Little Millet / Samai
2 tsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
2 cups Water
1 tbsp Chana Dal / Bengal Gram
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Urad Dal
Hand full Ground Nuts
Handful Cashew Nuts
3 to 4 Green Chillies
Handful Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
Method to prepare:
Cooking the Samai
Soak rice for 30 mins. Bring a pan with water to a rolling boil.
Add the drained Samai, add salt and simmer till the samai is cooked. Allow it to cool down.
Extract the juice from the lemon.
Making the Lemon rice
Heat oil in a pan, add all seasoning items, fry till they are light brown in colour. Add Turmeric and salt as per taste.
Now add the cooked samai and add the lemon juice over it and combine everything again.
Serve as Neivedyam and partake.