What is Samak rice (swank chaawal) & its health benefits

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Samak Rice also called barnyard millet, it is a seed and not a grain. It is high on calcium, potassium, phosphorus and amino acids except lysine. It is usually eaten with hull, which retains majority of its nutrients. This rice can used to make kheer, khichdi, idli or dhokla.

For complete well-being, one should integrate physical, mental and spiritual health. According to yogic tradition: “To be healthy should be the first goal for all.”

Benefits of samak rice

In Navratri diet Samak Chaval is a good replacement for rice eaters. It is not a cereal but a fruit. It is the seed of a grass (Echinochloa Colonum) which frequently grows amongst the rice paddy. In fact it can be eaten in every spiritual fast.  It is also called as Samo rice, Samak rice, Varyacha tandul, Vari TandulBhagaror Kodri, jungle rice. It provides the nourishment and energy that rice does.

It contains 169 Calories per 174 g. it is high in digestible fiber. It is similar to rice in taste and texture. It has a rich source of minerals and vitamins, providing essential ingredients.

In classical India fast it is prohibited to eat rice and hence it becomes the healthy replacement of rice.

In traditional fast diet one can replace wheat flour with kuttu and singhara flour; pulses or dal with rajgiri (seel) or cholai and rice with Samak chaval. All are fruits in origin and good for heart.

Even diabetic patients can eat Samak Chaaval. One will loose the benefits if it is cooked in sesame oil.