Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sesame rice with stir fried eggplants / ellu sadam with stir fried kathirikai

South Indian style sesame rice served with stir fried eggplants.  Rice cooked with tamarind and sesame coconut powder along with spices. Its mildly spiced and pairs well with stir fried eggplants.


Recipe link for stir fried eggplants :  from here


  • 1/2 cup rice ( wash rice several times and soak in regular tap water for 15 minutes)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of sesame oil / vegetable oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon urad dal
  • a pinch of fenugreek leaves
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 Teaspoon tamarind extract
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

To dry roast and grind

  • 1 Tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon desiccated coconut
  • 1 Dry red chilli


1. In a pan, dry roast desiccated coconut on low flame until they just turn light golden at the edges. Remove from the pan and set aside
2. In the same pan, dry roast sesame seed on high flame until they start to splutter
3. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan dry roast red chilli quickly for 30 seconds. Once the sesame seed , coconut cools grind it to coarse powder along with dry roasted red chilli
4. In a pan, heat oil. Keep the heat settings to medium. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add urad dal and fry until dal is light golden
5. Then add fenugreek seeds and fry for 10 seconds until they are golden
6. Then add curry leaves and broken dry red chilli and fry for 10 seconds until the curry leaves are crispy
7. Add turmeric powder and tamarind extract and season with salt
8. Add rice and mix everything
9. Add 3/4 cup of water and give it a nice stir
10. Close the pan with a lid and cook on medium flame for 15 minutes to 20 minutes until the water evaporates and the rice is cooked through
11. Sprinkle the sesame, coconut powder we prepared at step number 3 and mix it with the rice
12. Sprinkle juice of 1/2 lemon and stir in
13. Serve hot with stir fried eggplants


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