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Navratri recipes: Farali Pattice, Samo Rice and more

Last updated on: October 05, 2016 16:57 IST

Rediff reader Namrata Patel shares three delicious Navratri recipes. Check out!

Navrati, also popularly known as the 'Gujarati Sunburn' festival, has a lot of exciting things to look forward to.

For instance, F-O-O-D.

Just like the everyday khaana (food), upvas (fast) food can be equally delicious.

Here are three recipes you must try!

All Photographs: Jahnavi Patel/

Suran ki Sabji

Suran ki Sabji


  • 500 gm suran (yam)
  • 50 gm curd
  • 2 to 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil or ghee (vrat or fast food is mostly made in ghee)
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • Curry leaves (both optional)
  • Salt as required

For garnishing

  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped


  • Peel the skin of suran. Wash it well.
  • Cut it into small pieces.
  • In a pan, heat oil or ghee.
  • Add jeera. Saute for a around three seconds.
  • Add chillies and curry leaves. Saute for two to three seconds.
  • Add suran and a little water (for the suran to cook well).
  • When half cooked, add salt.
  • When completely cooked, add curd or buttermilk.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.


  • If you are running short on time, you can prepare it in a pressure cooker too.
  • Add all the ingredients, except curd. Wait for approximately three whistles for the sabji to be cooked.
  • Add curd and garnish with coriander.

Farali Pattice

Farali Pattice


  • 1/2 kg potato
  • 1 fresh coconut, grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp chilli paste
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 3 to 4 tsp sugar
  • 10 to 15 raisin, cut in pieces (optional)
  • 100 gm arrowroot
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt as per required


For filling

  • Add coconut, chilli paste, jeera, sesame seeds, salt, sugar and raisins. Mix well.

For the outer covering

  • Boil the potatoes, mash it well.
  • Add salt and two to three teaspoon of arrowroot. Mix well.
  • Divide the potatoes into balls of equal size.
  • Make it like a flat puri with the help of your palms. Don't make it very thin.
  • Place a bit of the filling on it. Join the ends and cover it from all the sides. Roll them into bite-size balls.
  • Roll the balls/pattice into the remaining portion of arrowroot. This will ensure they don't open when you fry and it gets crispy.
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the pattice.
  • Serve hot with green chutney or dates and tamarind chutney.

Samo Rice

Samo Rice


  • 250 gm samo rice (barnyard millet)
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil 
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 25 gm groundnut, whole or ground
  • 1 potato, finely chopped (optional)
  • 50 gm curd
  • Salt as per required


  • In a pan, add ghee or oil.
  • Add jeera. Saute for a couple of seconds.
  • Add the finely chopped green chillies. Saute further for 2 seconds.
  • Add potato and groundnut. Keep sauteing for two to the2-3 mins.
  • Once done, add samo rice followed by two cups of water.
  • Add salt and bring it to a boil or until it is cooked.
  • When it's cooked, add curd. Mix well and leave it on the gas for a couple of seconds.

Note: Do not make it completely dry. Let it be a little liquid in form.

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Namrata Patel Mumbai