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Varai Bhat Ni Shengdanyachi Amti (Vrat Ke Chawal With Spicy Peanut Gravy)

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Very authentic Maharashtrian fasting delicacy.
Ingredients
For the varaicha bhat
  Ghee 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Jeera)
  Cloves 2 Medium
  Cinnamon stick 1 Inch
  Bay leaf 1 Medium
  Samo seeds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Varai / Vrat ke Chawal / Moraiyo)
  Hot water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
For the shengdanyachi amti
  Roasted peanuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Green chilies 4 Medium, chopped
  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Tamarind pulp/Cocum pieces 2 Tablespoon
  Jaggery 1 Tablespoon (Gudh / Gul)
  Boiled potatoes 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cut into pieces (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Wash and rinse samo seeds about 2 - 3 times in cold water. Drain and set aside.

MAKING
2. Heat a saucepan with ghee. When hot add cumin seeds.
3. When the cumin seeds splutter, add cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Stir for a minute.
4. Add the rinsed and drained samo seeds, stir and roast on low to medium heat for about 5 minutes.
5. When the varai starts changing color, add hot water and salt to taste. Stir and bring to a boil.
6. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 10 - 15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed by the varai.
7. Meanwhile, into a blender add the roasted peanuts, green chilies and water, blend until you get a fine paste.
8. Heat a pan with ghee. When the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds.
9. When the cumin seeds splutter, add cloves and cinnamon stick.
10. Add the prepared peanut paste (if required, you may add a little more water), tamarind pulp and jaggery.
11. Add boiled potato pieces, if using. Stir and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce to medium heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
12. After about 5 minutes, turn off the heat.

SERVING
13. Serve the Varai Bhat warm with the Shengdanyachi Amti (spicy peanut gravy).

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Maharashtrian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Samo Seed Rice With Spicy Peanut Gravy is a classic Maharashtiran dish. This is usually made during the Navratri festival. But, I know that I can't wait that long. This video has convinced me that I have to make it right away. Looks savory and utterly delicious! Good job Madhura!

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