Soup with Varya Che Tandul or Samo rice


With my FIL having problems with Diabetics we are more careful of his diet. More specifically he is much more acceptable to the changes we are making in his diet. He is no longer allowed the biscuits that he loves or the farsan and sev that he adores. There are more fruits  and vegetables in his diet. More low glycimic index food. Low GI foods means that carbs are released slowly in the blood stream.

You can read more about Diabetics here.

Anyway this was the soup I made when he was hospitalized for hypoglycemia. That is when your blood sugar goes lower than acceptable. It was so delicious that I was asked to make it again by none other than my kids. This time we had it with bread.


Do try it out.

By the way Varya che tandul are called samo rice they are white in colour and you need to roast them before using.  I have made khichidi using them you can see it here.

Actually I had made this soup ages ago but then I could not make up my mind how to name it. Finally I am posting it today with the a lot of hesitation I am posting this soup for its delicious.

varrya 2

  • 4 tblspn varaya che tandul
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • ½ tsp jeera
  • 1 cup bottle gourd, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot cubed roughly
  • 1 small piece  of red pumpkin
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 2 flowrets of cauliflower
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • A small piece of ginger
  • About a litre of water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • A dash of turmeric (optional)
  • In a pan heat the ghee and crackle the jeera. Add the varya che tandul and roast till you get a nice aroma.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Cook till the vegetable are mushy then with an immersion mixer puree all the veggies.
  • Add pepper, salt, a pinch of red chilli powder, turmeric and bring to boil.
  • Adjust the consistency and serve hot.


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13 thoughts on “Soup with Varya Che Tandul or Samo rice

  1. Namrata December 11, 2013 at 8:15 am Reply

    Is samo rice what we eat in fasts? A soup out of that.. wonderful! The first click is awesome Archana.

  2. Manjula Bharath December 11, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply

    very very healthy and delicious soup and kichidi 🙂

  3. Sapana behl December 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Such a healthy and interesting soup ! Perfect for this weather…

  4. usha December 12, 2013 at 5:20 am Reply

    Soup is mouthwatering and the bowl of soup in the second picture with the bread is very appetizing.

  5. Vaishali Sabnani December 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm Reply

    Very interesting soup…never made a soup with rice.

  6. sushma December 13, 2013 at 4:04 am Reply

    Wow such a nice and healthy soup

  7. Srivalli December 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm Reply

    Very healthy option Archana..

  8. Chef Mireille December 14, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    never heard of samo rice – will hve to look out for it at international market

  9. harini December 15, 2013 at 3:08 am Reply

    An interesting and healthy soup perfect for the weather here!

  10. Sandhya Ramakrishnan December 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm Reply

    I have not heard of this rice, but i am going to research more. This should be a filling soup. Lovely recipe Archana!

  11. Suma Gandlur December 24, 2013 at 5:22 am Reply

    Archana, is that rice anyway beneficial for diabetics? It must be a filling soup.

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