Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Grain of the Week - 4 - Moraiyo - Sawa millet - Little Millet - Saamai

In India there are several kinds of millets and it is difficult to keep them straight. The Indian store which used to be a place that I bought my regular rice and lentils has suddenly become a treasure house to find various kinds of grains.

I tasted Moraiyo at work when one of the girls I worked with, a Gujarati brought some during fasting. She had made curd rice kind of recipe with it and it tasted really good I was glad I found it in the Indian store this time.

I am unable to find the Tamil name for this grain. If anybody knows please let me know. As usual recipes are more than welcome.

Update: It is called Saamai in Tamil and Little Millet in English. Thanks for friends on FB.

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  1. Palakkad tamil people call it 'chamai'.

  2. A huge thank you for this interesting post. I just discovered you blog and I am loving it. Have to try out some of the cool recipes, such as pepper rice with vegetables and more!

    I recently visited a restaurant in Mumbai which only uses organic ingredients, called Nico Bombay. You can check out my review here:

    Let me know what you think

    Keep up the great work!


    Shradha Bhatia

  3. Barnyard millet (Hindi: Sanwa, Kannada: Oodhalu)
    Gujarati is called "Samo" or "Moriyo"
    Marathi it is called 'bhagar' or "Vari cha Tandul"
    In Hindi it is called "Mordhan" (मोरधन) or "Samvat ke chawal"
    Botanical Name ::Echinochloa frumentacea

  4. Saalai, can be used for excellent Lemon rice and Tamarind rice too.


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