Ellu Sadam

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Ellu SadamEllu Sadam: Ellu sadam also known as Sesame Rice or Til ke Chawal, has a distinct nutty flavour to it and is a favourite lunch-box recipe of Tamil Nadu. Ellu sadam is mostly served as Naivedaym during festival in Tamil household during the saturdays of the tamil month Puratasi.

Ingredients for Ellu Sadam

(serves 4):

  • 2 cups steaming hot rice
  • 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp horse gram
  • 8 dried red chili
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp oil

For tempering:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • A pinch asafoetida
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp horse gram
  • 1 tbsp peanuts
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves

Method for Ellu Sadam:

  • Heat the oil in non-stick wok on medium heat.
  • Add in 2 teaspoons of horse gram and dried red chillies and sauté till it becomes golden brown.
  • Drain the red chillies and the horse gram.
  • Keep aside.
  • In the same pan, roast the white sesame seeds and black sesame seeds on low flame until aromatic or sesame seeds stop popping.
  • Remove from heat and keep aside.
  • Grind the roasted horse gram and red chillies to a fine powder.
  • In the same jar, add in the roasted sesame seeds and grind to a coarse powder.
  • Heat the oil for tempering in a pan on medium heat.
  • Add in the asafoetida and mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
  • Add in the horse gram, peanuts and curry leaves.
  • Sauté till the peanuts become light brown.
  • Remove the pan from heat and add in the steaming rice and the ground powder.
  • Mix well.
  • Ellu sadam is ready to be served.
  • Serve ellu sadam after letting it rest for about 30 minutes for enhanced flavour.

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