Yellu Sadam


I love sesame seeds and try to add it in as many dishes as possible. The only problem is that, for some reason, sesame seeds are not considered auspicious and not used during festivals and other celebrations. So, when growing up I could not eat much of this wonderful ingredient. But as I took charge of my kitchen I have included it in different dishes as well as to season other dishes.

This is an easy and flavorful dish. An aromatic and crunchy mixture of peanuts, sesame seeds, lentils and chillies, it can be made easily and serves as a lovely meal if you want a light dinner or a change from the regular dishes.


Recipe adapted from here

Serves 2-3


1 cup Rice

1 tsp Oil

1/2 tsp Urad dal

1/2 tsp Chana dal

1/2 tsp Coriander seeds

1 Dried red chilly

1 tbsp peanuts

2 tsp White sesame seeds





  • Cook the rice as per usual procedure
  • In a small pan, dry roast the sesame seeds till they pop
  • Set aside to cool
  • Add oil to the same pan
  • Add the urad dal, chana dal, coriander seeds and red chilly
  • Saute on low heat for a minute
  • Add the peanuts and saute for another 2-3 minutes till the dals turn brown
  • Set aside to cool
  • Add them along with the sesame seeds to a mixer jar
  • Blend to a coarse mixture
  • Add the sesame seeds mix and salt to the rice and mix well
  • Serve warm with curds, raita or chips
  • Enjoy!


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  1. This is one simple and quick recipe to try during time crunches. Especially if the powder is made in advance. A yummy and flavorful rice,

  2. Looks like sesame is the start ingredients of the day, so many dishes with it. I love sesame flavor, rice with it sounds so delicious.

  3. I usually stock this ellu powder and resort to making this saadam for lunch boxes for my little one. This one is a keeper for sure.

  4. Yellu Sadam is a delicious rice and I always wonder why we need to have such rules. I don’t really ever follow such rules and make if I want..:)

  5. Even amma won’t allow the usage of ellu during festivals. But I used to wonder as in Karnataka, ellu is served for Sankranti. So nowadays I use ellu in recipes. This ellu saadam sounds so flavourful with the peanuts and ellu combined.

  6. I was not knowing about that , sesame seeds are not considered auspicious. I am sure some reason must be tied to it. It is such a wonderful gem. Delicious yellu sadam

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