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E is for Ellu / Sesame seeds | Recipe for Ellu Saadham / Sesame Rice

Padhinettam Perukku_, also called Aadi Perukku, is celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month, Aadi (mid-July to mid-August roughly), indicating the start of monsoons. Padhinettu means 18 and Perukku means 'rising' and on this day, the rivers are swollen with water from the rains. I've heard stor


  • 2 cups rice cooked
  • 3 chillies dried red
  • 2 tsps dal udad
  • 2 tbsps sesame seeds white
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For tempering:

  • 2 tsps gingelly oil vegetable oil or
  • xbd tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 - 2 tsps dal udad
  • sprig curry leaves


  • While cooking the rice, ensure that you use lesser water and reduce cooking time slightly so that the grains are separate. Once cooked, spread out to cool on a large plate / thali.
  • In a small kadai, using a few drops of oil, fry the red chillies and udad dal till the dal is golden is colour. Remove and keep aside. In the same kadai, sautxe9 the sesame seeds until they emit a nice aroma and start popping.
  • Once the popping stops, remove them along with the fried chillies and udad dal and grind to a coarse powder in the mixer along with 1/2 tsp of salt.
  • Spread this powder on the cooked rice.
  • In the same kadai, heat the oil for tempering. Once oil is hot, add mustard seeds, udad dal, curry leaves u2013 once mustard seeds pop and udad dal is golden, transfer on the rice.
  • Gently toss around with a flat steel spatula (so that rice is not mashed up) until the rice is coated with the spices. Serve hot along with fried vadams or appalams (papad) and a raita on the side.


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