During a Navratri vrat or any spiritual fast where rice is prohibited, Samak Chaval or Samwat ke Chawal is a good option for those who seeking healthy sources of carbohydrates and fibre. Samwat ke Chawal or Samvat ke Chawal is also known as Samo rice, Samak rice, Varyacha tandul, Vari Tandul, Bhagaror Kodri and jungle rice. Even diabetic patients can eat Samak Chaval or Vrat ke Chawal.
Chawal ka Dhokla, a version of the Gujarati Dhokla uses Samvat ke Chawal instead of the traditional besan or rice flour.
The dhokla is tempered with dry red chillies, curry leaves and cumin seeds. Experimental foodies could try sambhar as an accompaniment for some delicious food fusion.