Ellu Sadam is a mixed rice variety from Tamil Nadu made with Sesame Seeds and spices. This makes a quick meal by itself.
While I already have two other versions of Ellu Sadam or Sesame Rice / Til Rice, I had to make something with sesame for today. Since I already had plans to make Sakkarai Pongal for the neivedyam, I had to make something savory.
So I decided on this simple Til rice that uses only Sesame and Dry Chili along with some lentils, spices for tempering. This quick rice tastes great on its own, maybe you can serve some crisps on the side.
The other two Sesame Rice I have shared uses a lot of different ingredients, this version is quite simple. So simple that even though I had grated coconut nearby as I wanted to use grated coconut in the saute, I simply forgot about it.
Anyway, this surely works out very quickly and easily. This measurement makes for 1 person more than enough serving.
For Navratri Day 7, Nava Durga is Kalaratri (Saturn). Til represents Shani. On this day we can make Til Sadam, Til Ladoos. For the sweet, I decided to make Sakkarai Pongal.
Sesame Rice | How to make Ellu Sadam
1/2 cup Rice
1 cup Water
For the Powder
2 tsp Sesame Seeds
4 nos Dry Red Chilies
2 tsp Cooking Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Chana Dal
Handful Cashew Nuts
Handful Curry Leaves
A Pinch Asafoedita / Hing
2 Dry Red Challis
Salt to taste
How to make Ellu Sadam
Wash and soak the rice for 10 mins.
Take rice and water in a pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles.
Meanwhile, dry roast the sesame seeds and dry red chilies for 5 mins, allow to cool.
Grind to a smooth powder and keep it aside.
In a nonstick pan, heat oil, temper with all the ingredients and saute for few mins.
Now add the sesame powder and saute for a minute.
Add the cooked rice and mix well.
Offer as Neivedyam and partake.