Oct 10, 2013

Ellu Sadam / Sesame Seed Rice / Til Rice - Navaratri Recipes

During navaratri days, amma makes variety rice on each day and this recipe is one of them. I love the flavour of this rice, since it has peanuts they taste awesome. I used black sesame seed in the rice, so the colour is so black but you could use white.

I hope you will try it and let me know how it turned out.

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 20 to 25 mins
Serves : 3 to 4


Rice - 1 cup
Salt to taste

For Sesame Powder:
Oil - 1 tsp
Roasted Peanut - 2 tblspn
Sesame Seeds / Til / Ellu - 6 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli - 3
Coconut - 2 tblspn
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/2 tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil -  1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring


Take 1 cup rice in a pressure cooker, cover with 2.5 cup of water and pressure cook rice for 2 whistle and simmer for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let the steam go all by itself. Now fluff the rice with fork and allow it to cool down.

Start by making sesame seed powder. Heat oil and add in sesame seeds and toast them for a min. Now add in peanuts and fry them for 30 sec till they are light golden. Now add in dry red chilli, coconut and asafoetida, Fry them together for couple of mins. Once everything is nice and toasted, take them in a blender and make into a rough powder.

Now heat 1 tblspn oil and add the seasoning ingredients, let them splatter for a min.

Add in rice and salt mix well.

Add in sesame seeds powder and mix well.

Once everything is heated through. Turn off the heat and serve.

Take all your ingredients
Cook rice and allow it to cool

heat oil

Add in sesame seed

fry them

add in peanuts

toast them
in goes red chilli



mix well

allow to cool a bot

add it to blender
now powder this

sesame seed powder done

heat oil

add in seasoning ingredients

fry for 30 sec

add in rice
season with salt

mix well

add in powder

now mix well

let everything warm up



  1. I have never seen or had sesame seed rice. Love the clicks and detailed steps. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sadam sesame seed rice..
    Never thought about this..
    but looking at your ingredients and methods I feel that this gonna taste awesome.
    Thanks for the recipes

  3. Hi Aarti,tried ella Sadam today it was so yummy.thank u for ur recipe.really it's so helpful to me.

  4. Hi Arti can we use white sesame instead of black


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