Blackgram Rice

Ulundham Paruppu Sadham (Blackgram Rice) is a very unique rice prepared in almost every household in Tirunelveli, a southern town of Tamilnadu.

Traditionally it is believed that blackgram lentils, sesame seeds and fenugreek seeds help to increase women’s fertility. Sesame seeds are great source of vitamin B6 that is required to conceive & also to prevent miscarriage as it balances hormone level. Black grams are rich sources of protein, fiber, iron, calcium, potassium & magnesium; hence it helps to increase hemoglobin count & bone mineral density.

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We usually prepare this nutritious meal and serve them to young girls every month. Although this meal boosts women’s fertility, it can also be served to kids, men & old people.

Typically we serve blackgram rice in 2 portions: first we mix a portion of blackgram rice with sesame chutney, pour sesame oil generously over the rice and savor this rice with mixed vegetable gravy (aviyal), deep fried blackgram papad (ulundhu pappadam) & rice-shallot cracker (koozh vatral); next we mix rice & curd and relish with sesame chutney, mango pachadi and vadagam. But sometimes we may serve Blackgram rice without aviyal & mango pachadi.

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Now lets get into the recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. Boiled rice (puzhungal arisi) – 1 cup (200 g)
  2. Split blackgram lentils (de-skinned) – 1/2 cup (100 g)
  3. Cumin seeds or fenugreek seeds – 1 tbsp
  4. Garlic – 9 pods
  5. Salt – 1 tsp
  6. Water – 4 cups (800 ml)

Method:

  • Grind garlic & cumin seeds coarsely and keep aside (if you are using fenugreek seeds, crush garlic alone using mortar & pestle).
  • Dry roast blackgram lentils in medium flame before washing along with rice.
  • Add washed rice & lentils, ground garlic, salt & water into a pressure cooker and bring to a boil.
  • Close the cooker and simmer for 10 min.
  • When the pressure is released, gently mix rice and dal.
  • Sprinkle coconut gratings before serving hot ulundham paruppu sadham with ellu thuvaiyal.

Sesame Chutney:

Sesame chutney is an essential dish (without which blackgram rice can not be served) of this meal and we prefer to make it spicier, you can adjust tamarind & red chillies to suit your taste.

Lets prepare sesame chutney:

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Ingredients:

  1. Sesame oil (nallennai) – 1 tsp
  2. Sesame seeds (ellu) – 1/2 cup
  3. Red chillies – 10 Nos.
  4. Coconut – 5 pieces (2 inch)
  5. Tamarind (as shown in the picture below)
  6. Salt – 1 tsp

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Method:

  • Heat oil in a pan in medium flame, roast red chillies till they puffed.
  • Remove chillies from pan before getting burnt or blackened.
  • Add sesame seeds in the same pan.
  • Roast them in low flame flipping every 10 sec till they stop spluttering.
  • Grind all ingredients into a fine paste adding little (50 ml) water.

Please Note:

  1. You can use black sesame or white sesame or both in equal portions, traditionally we use black sesame only. But children may not like dark grey colored chutney, that you can see served on banana leaf in the second picture.
  2. We have to keep flipping sesame while roasting, if they were burnt it tastes bitter.
  3. This chutney can be prepared even without coconut.
  4. You can also add a teaspoon of powdered palm jaggery (karuppatti) to avoid becoming rancid.
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42 Comments Add yours

  1. annika says:

    I make rice with different pulses but never tried it with black gram. Your recipe looks very good!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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  2. Lavs Raj says:

    Very Healthy!! detailed explanation and clicks.. thanks for sharing! 😀

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  3. InspiresN says:

    Looks great!..will definitely try it out sometime ,especially the chutney, interesting facts about the recipe as well.Thanks for sharing! .

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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  4. Aruna says:

    I am not too fond of Udad Dal in cooking but your recipe is so tempting that I may try it! Great share. 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

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  5. PriyaPandian says:

    I have heard about this rice but never made it. Will try. Healthy share 🙂

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  6. Looks & sounds delicious 😊 I have got to try this!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Nancy says:

    This all sounds wonderful!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you very much!

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    1. Megala says:

      Sure, thanks!

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  9. Sandhya says:

    What a delicious and healthy treat! I especially liked the step by step photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Sandhya!

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  10. Very Interesting Recipe…Will definitely try this..

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks and let me know how you like it.

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  11. AG says:

    One of my favourite dishes. Being a non-veg eater, I used to have this rice with thick mutton gravy. I am from Nellai. I was wondering this recipe (rice with aviyal) looks like something from south Tamil Nadu. Then I checked your About page to know that your parents are from Nellai. Good work.

    AG

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad that you are also from Nellai!!

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  12. Sumith says:

    Beautifully explained! And an interesting recipe. Thanks for the share Megala

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  13. I love the mix of rice and lentils. It looks superb. The chutney looks great as well, although I would take away the chillies as I’m not the best with spice. 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!
      Yes, it is bit spicy!

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  14. I love rice with legumes in them! I had no idea about the health properties of black gram, either, I will remember this dish next time I want to conceive, ha! that sesame chutney looks so creamy and amazing, too.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for reading my post and for your kind words!

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  15. KR says:

    I recently heard the fact that rice has ca 100 000 different sorts ..:) I know only few.
    Your Sesame Chutney recipe look very alluring 🙂 Thank you for sharing !

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thanks for dropping by!

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  16. my mouth is already watering, thank you))) but seriously i love your blog, it is great!)

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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      1. you’re welcome)

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  17. I would like to try this rice one day.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you ! Let me know how you like it!!

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  18. Tasty and healthy recipe , good presentation, felt like to have it now

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    1. Megala says:

      🙂
      Thank you!

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    1. Megala says:

      Yep! Thank you!

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