Sama Rice Pulao

Sama Rice Pulao is a saatvik food recipe. To prepare this you’ll need sama rice (barnyard millet), paneer, potato, tomato, green chilli, a few spices and ghee (clarified butter). Enjoy this pulao with plain yogurt or Cucumber Tomato Raita and Green Chutney.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 35 mins.

Servings: 2


  1. Sama Rice (Barnyard Millet) – 3/4 cup (soak for 10 mins)
  2. Paneer – 1/2 cup (chopped in cubes)
  3. Potato – 1 medium (peeled and chopped in small cubes)
  4. Tomato – 2 medium (finely chopped)
  5. Ginger – 1/2 inch (grated)
  6. Green Chili – 2 (finely chopped)
  7. Black Peppercorns – 4-5
  8. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Ground Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp
  12. Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 2 tbsp
  13. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp (optional)
  14. Coriander Leaves to garnish
  15. Water – 3.5 cups
  16. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Sama Rice Pulao:

  1. Thoroughly rinse the soaked rice and keep aside
  2. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add black peppercorns, let it splutter
  3. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter
  4. Add ginger and green chili. Saute till aromatic
  5. Add tomatoes, ground black pepper, coriander powder and cumin powder. Mix and cook until ghee starts to separate
  6. Add rice, potato, paneer, salt and water. Mix and close lid. Turn the flame to medium-high and cook for 3 whistles
  7. Turn off the flame and let the pressure settle down. Open the lid, add coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix well and your Sama Rice Pulao is ready. Serve hot with curd (yogurt) or raita or chutney.


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