Ellu sadam recipe, Til rice, Sesame rice recipe
Four years ago when I lived in Pittsburgh, I used to make ellu sadam and offer it to Pittsburgh Perumal temple almost every Saturday morning. It gives us so much happiness. We continued doing the same in Delaware temple, but when I became pregnant with Sanvi, we could not do it often.
I usually call it is ellu sadam. We call tamarind rice as Puliyodharai. The Delaware priest used to call it as ellodharai, since then I also started calling it as ellodharai. You can definitely find this ellu sadam in all temples where Lord Saniswarar is present. This rice only needs a simple side dish and we have it with vadams, appalam, potato poriyal etc. I have not added any nuts because this is how I offer it to God. You can add ground nuts and cashew nuts if you want. I have used white sesame seeds and you can use black sesame seeds too. Having said that, now lets go to the recipe.
If you are looking for more rice recipes, then you might want to refer my rice collection post.
Other variety rice recipes you might be interested:
Basil rice/Thulasi sadam
Capsicum rice/Bell pepper rice/Koda milagai sadham
Keerai sadam/Greens rice
Raw mango rice
Vendakkai sadham/Lady’s finger rice/Bhindi rice
How to make ellu sadam or til rice or sesame rice:
1.Wash the rice and cook the rice in an open vessel by adding two cups of water. Then spread the rice in a large plate and cool it down. You can also pressure cook the rice.
2. Heat a teaspoon of sesame oil and add urad dal and red chillies.
3. Once the urad dal turns golden brown, add the white sesame seeds and asafoetida. The sesame seeds will start popping up. Once the sesame seeds stops popping, switch off the stove. Let it cool down completely.
4. Transfer the sesame seeds to a mixer and grind it to a fine powder.
5. Again in another wide-bottomed pan, heat sesame oil and ghee. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Once mustard seeds splutter, add urad dal and curry leaves. Add the cooked rice and salt.
6.Mix gently and then add the ground sesame powder. Mix well nicely.
Now, ellu sadam/sesame rice is ready! Serve with vadams and applams. Enjoy!
- You can use black sesame seeds instead of white sesame seeds.
- Instead of sesame oil, you can use vegetable oil, but sesame oil gives a very good flavor.
- You can also add nuts like cashew nuts and ground nuts to make it even more richer.