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ellu sadam

Learn how to make south Indian ellu sadam, sesame rice. Easy and flavorful, can make quickly and healthy too. With step by step picture.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3


  • 2&½ tbsp Black or white sesame
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 6 Red chilli
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • Salt - As needed
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil

To temper

  • 1 tsp Oil
  • ½ tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 Curry leaves sprig


  • Cook rice with 2 cups of water for 4 whistles.Once done, transfer to a mixing bowl, add salt and sesame oil. Mix gently and cool the rice.
  • First roast urad dal and red chillies in a tsp of oil. Then roast the sesame seeds until it pops. When in starts popping, put the flame to low and keep stirring. When the popping stops, stop roasting too.
  • Cool down and first grind urad dal and chilli coarsely. Then add the sesame seeds.
  • Use inch/ pulse button and grind to a coarse powder. You can temper in the same kadai you roast and transfer to the mixing bowl.
  • Add the tempered items and powdered item to the rice and mix gently.


  • You can use white sesame seeds too, but I love the black sesame seeds colour for this rice.
  • My MIL said we can add a tbsp of coconut too. Give it a roast along with urad dal.
  • You can add broken cashews too while tempering to make it rich.