Betel Leaf Rasam Rice

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Cooks in: 30 Minutes Serves: 2 People

Betel leaf/Vetrilai/Paan ka patta has amazing medicinal properties and is a part of Indian culture. It helps in digestion, reducing gastric pain, relieves cough and increases hunger. Rasam is made out of these leaves. I made  rasam rice with these leaves and it was a perfect dish after a heavy meal on previous day!


  • 1/3C Kodo Millet
  • 1/3C Kodo Millet
  • 1/3C Kodo Millet
  • 1 Tsp Coriander seeds
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Chana Dal
  • 1/8 Cup chopped betel leaves
  • 1/8 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 8 curry leaves
  • Gooseberry size tamarind soaked in water
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds in 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds in 1 tsp ghee


  1. Wash and soak the millet for 15 minutes.
  2. Using ghee, fry red chilli, pepper, jeera, coriander seeds, chana dal and garlic cloves. Make a coarse powder.
  3. Extract 1 cup of tamarind juice.
  4. In a 2 Ltr cooker add the soaked drained millet, 1/3 Cup water, 1 Cup tamarind juice, spice powder, salt, turmeric powder, betel leaves and curry leaves.
  5. Cook for 5 whistles. Let pressure settle down. Open and add 3/4 cup of water and mix everything well.
  6. Add the seasoning and serve warm. A healthy rice is ready in minutes.


  1. Instead of tamarind juice, 1 tsp tamarind paste and 1 cup water can be added.
  2. Use leaves which are mild in taste.

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  1. Vv made this rasam rice with littlemillet yesterday night. Was soothing for my cold. Since suffering from severe cold calf and sneezing, wasnot able to clik.
    The special thing is my son made this for me. All bcos of ur easy steps he was able to make it. He was very happy he was able to.make it. Nice for my sore throat. very sorry for the very late validation

    1. Hi Geetha,
      Glad to know that your son could prepare rasam rice for you! Happy to know that you felt better after having this. Thanks so much for the validation and sharing your experience.

  2. Dear VV,

    What an innovative idea of using Betal leaves. Apart from medicinal value it is very high in calcium content. Lovely drooling presentation.


    1. Hi Bhuvana,
      Thanks for your visit. Yes, betel leaves have lot of nutritional properties also. These are all forgotten recipes which I want to revive. Please do try and share your experience.

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