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Ellu Podi Saadham – Spiced Sesame Seed Powder | Spiced Sesame Rice

South Indian pantry is very famous for many kinds of spiced masala powders. Ellu podi (Sesame powder) is one such masala. It is a quick and easy recipe to make and once we have this powder in hand, we can make this rice in a jiffy
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: dinner, Lunch Recipes
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 348kcal


  • bowl
  • pan
  • spatula



  • ¼ cup White Sesame seeds – ¼ cup
  • ½ cup Urad dal/ullutham paruppu/Split black gram dal – ½ cup
  • 5 Red chilies – 5
  • to taste Salt – to taste


  • 1 cup Rice – 1 cup
  • tablespoon Prepared sesame powder/Ellu podi – ⅘ tbsp
  • 2 teaspoon Gingelly oil/olive oil – 2 tsp


  • Cook the rice and then cool it down.
  • Wash the sesame seeds well under running water and drain them in a strainer and keep them aside.
  • In a pan, roast the urad dal and red chilies without any oil. Roast it well until they turn golden brown. Transfer it to a bowl and keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add the drained sesame seeds and mix well. In a little while (about 30 secs later), once all the moisture disappears the sesame will start sputtering. Let it roast in low heat, stirring frequently until they light golden brown in color and all the sputtering have stopped.
  • Transfer this to the bowl with the dal and chilies and let them all cool down to room temperature.
  • Now powder this in a mixer along with the required salt. The powder has to be slightly coarse. Like I mentioned earlier, because of the high oil content the mixture could liquefy very easily. Hence pulse it in regular intervals until they grind well.
  • Transfer it to an airtight container.
  • To make the rice – In a wide bowl, add the cooled down rice and the powder and mix well. Add the oil and mix it evenly. Taste for salt and add more if needed. Based on personal liking the amount of powder can be increased or decreased.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 4mg