Ellu Saadham / Ellodharai

Ellu Saadham is popularly called as Ellodharai in tamilnadu. It is given as Prasadham in many Venkatachalapathy temples during Purattasi month. I learnt this recipe from my amma. As we all know, sesame is rich in iron. including it in any form is good for health. We also make ellu chikki, ellu podi at home, but making of ellu urundai is not allowed since it is made only on Dhevasam day.  This rice is so easy to make and if you are lazy, then this is a ready to make recipe which is also tasty. Also using Sesame on Saturday is auspicious. We can make this and offer it as a neivedhyam to God.


Cooked rice – 2 cups
Gingelley oil – 1 to 2 tbsp
Salt – To taste

To grind

Black sesame – 3/4 tbsp
Urad dhal – 1 tbsp
Red chilli – 2
Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
Salt – To taste

  • Cook the rice, and spread it on a plate. So that they will stick to each other.
  • In a kadai, add sesame seeds and roast until it you hear the crackling sound. Also cover it with a plate and roast in medium flame. So that it will not spill out.
  • Now remove it from the pan and allow it to cool.
  • Add Urad dhal, red chilli and saute until the dhal turns golden brown in colour.
  • Remove it from the pan and allow it to cool.
  • Now transfer all the ingredients into a mixie jar, add asafoetida, salt and grind them to a slightly coarse powder.
  • The powder or podi for Ellodharai is ready.
  • Now sprinkle oil on the rice and sprinkle the ground powder.
  • Mix gently by cut method. Donot make it mushy.
  • Add salt for the rice and mix.
  • Ellodharai is ready to serve.
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