Ellodharai/Sesame Rice

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Cooks in: 10 Minutes Serves: 2 People

During the auspicious month of Purattasi, many offerings are made to Lord Venkateswara and one important Prasadam is Ellodharai/Sesame rice/til rice. This rice variety is generally offered on Saturdays. This traditional recipe is easy to prepare and takes less than 10 minutes.  


  • 2 Tbsp Peanuts
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/8 Tsp Asafoetida Powder
  • 10 Curry Leaves


  1. In a pan dry Roast sesame seeds till they splutter. Remove.
  2. Add oil, roast red chillies and remove.
  3. In the remaining oil, do the seasoning and switch off. Add the millet and salt.
  4. Make a coarse powder of  sesame seeds, red chillies and Kopra using the small mixie jar.
  5. Add the ground powder to the millet and mix everything well.
  6. Ellodharai is ready!


1. Other millets like Kodo, Little, Foxtail can be used for this recipe.

2. Adjust spice level according to individual taste.

3. The spice powder can be made in bulk and stored in the fridge.

4. Instead of Kopra, fresh coconut can also be used after dry roasting till it becomes slightly brown.

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  1. VV I made this last Saturday almost exactly the same way you have posted here with little variation in spices and it turned out very yummy. I made with samai with inspiration from your posts!

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