Samak rice flour Halwa or Vrat ka halwa looks, tastes as well as made just like Aate ka Halwa but can be easily eaten during fasts and is gluten-free too. As the name says, it is made with flour made from Samak Rice.

Just like Suji ka halwa or Aate ka Halwa, this one is also easy to make in which we add the ingredients in a fixed ratio.

Sama Rice flour halwa

Navratri,  the 9 days festival in which we worship Goddess Durga, is of devotion accompanied by fun n frolic. Yes, along with worshipping Goddess Durga in her various forms, we also enjoy. Lots of activities, fares keep the environment lively.

In my neighborhood also lots of things are on the roll during this time. All the 9 days, someone or the other keeps a get-together at her place where we all glorify the valor of Maa Durga by reciting Holy books and singing Bhajans.

A few years back, on one such get-together, I went to my friend Bharti's place. That day too, she had made Samak flour halwa. Looking at it we all thought it to be semolina halwa and were wondering why she had made as semolina is not eaten during fasts. Then she disclosed that it was actually Samak rice flour halwa.

 

WHAT IS SAMAK RICE

Samak, also called Sama Chawal or Jungle rice is actually a millet. It does not belong to the rice family and is a seed of grass and not cereal.

It is gluten-free. Though known by different names in different parts of our country, I think the best is to call this as Vrat Ke Chawal or Rice used in Fasting.

How about having Millet Pizza during Navratras, using Sama rice?

 

 How to Make

As you all know, the halwa recipe is mainly based on ratios. There is a set ratio of semolina/ flour,  water, sugar, and clarified butter. We just follow that ratio and yummy halwa gets ready.

Samak flour halwa is made just like semolina or Aate ka halwa. The only difference is in the quantity of water.

In Samak halwa, the ratio goes as follows

Samak Rice Flour:  Ghee:  Sugar:  Water

1        :     1    :     1    :     2

So, water is just double the flour.  Rest three ingredients are equal in quantity.

However, nowadays, as we are health conscious and consume less ghee therefore we can easily reduce the quantity of ghee. Use 1/2 cup ghee for every 1 cup Samak flour.

 

Step By Step Recipe

  • Take ghee in a pan (kadhai)

take ghee in a kadhai

  • When hot, add Samak rice flour.

Add rice flour

  • Cook on medium flame, stirring continuously.

roast it in ghee till golden brown

  • When golden brown in color, add water and sugar. If you wish to add raisins then add these at this stage only.

add water and sugar

 

Vrat ka Halwa... Samak Flour Halwa

  • Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.

cook for 5 minutes approx

 

  • Sprinkle cardamom powder and slivered almonds.
  • Offer to Goddess Durga.

Vrat ka Halwa... Samak Flour Halwa

FAQs

Q) I do not get Samak Rice Flour in my area, then what can I do?

  • Simple! Make your own.
  • Take Samak rice, put it in the grinder, and grind to a fine powder.
  • Sift this powder for any bigger particles of rice left ungrounded.
  • That's it. Your Samak flour is ready.

Q) Is this pudding gluten-free?

Yes, unlike Suji ka halwa or Aate ka halwa, this one is gluten-free.

Q) Can I make it vegan?

Yes. Simply replace clarified butter with oil and your vegan halwa is ready.

 

Some more Navratri recipes that you'll love to try:

 

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Rice Flour Halwa

A gluten-free halwa perfect for fasting as well as non-fasting days.

Keyword Chawal Ke Atte Ka Halwa, Vrat ka Halwa
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 500 gm

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup (150 g) Samak flour (Barnyard Millet Flour)
  • 1/4 Cup Clarified Butter Ghee
  • 1/2 Cup (100g) Sugar
  • 1 Cup (200 ml) water
  • Raisins as per taste (Optional)
  • 1/4 Tsp Green Cardamom Powder Optional
  • Slivered Almonds as per taste (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Take Clarified butter in a heavy-bottomed pan (kadhai). (See Note 1)
  2. When sufficiently hot, add Samak flour.
  3. Cook this flour ghee mixture on medium flame till golden brown in color. Keep stirring throughout.
  4. When golden brown, add water and sugar. (See Note 2)
  5. Add raisins, if you like.(I don't add as nobody likes in my family)
  6. Keep stirring for another 5 to 6 minutes till halwa leaves sides of the pan and is of desired consistency.
  7. Sprinkle cardamom powder, slivered almonds.
  8. Offer it to Maa Durga.
  9. Serve Prasad with devotion.

Recipe Notes

  1. You may adjust the quantity of clarified butter as per your liking.
  2. Alternatively, you can mix water and sugar and give it a boil so that sugar dissolves. Add this syrup to the cooked flour-ghee mixture.