Have you ever had Sesame Powder Rice? If no, then you don’t know what you have been missing. This is an ancient South Indian recipe and is always available at any South Indian home. We use sesame seeds is many recipes. It gives a nutty and crunchy taste to a dish. Interestingly Sesame seeds is also one of the oldest condiment ever known to mankind. Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines use these seeds extensively. I love using it in my kitchen often. I sprinkle some on burger patty, fried snacks or even to make Sesame flavored Rice which is another quick rice preparation you can do using sesame seeds.
To tell you little about this particular recipe, It is my mother-in-law’s method. When my in-laws were visiting us last summer, she made Sesame Seed Powder/Ellu Pudi for us and me and KR loved it. Since then, she always sends me this powder whenever we have someone travelling from India to US. I prefer her sending it for us as t tastes much better when she makes it. This time however, she told me that I should feature this recipe on my blog so I decided to make it myself. She even followed up with me later to check on when the post will go live. ðŸ™‚ My in-laws are very cute, they both keep finding new and interesting recipes for me to make and share on my blog.
Sesame Seed Powder is more popularly known as Ellu Pudi in our household. Ellu means sesame seeds and podi means powder. Its packed with flavors and here I have mixed both white and black sesame, to make this powder. This is literally a 5 minute recipe. Yes, very easy to make. In a pan, heat oil. Roast dried red chillies for a minute. Remove it on a plate. Next roast urad dal for a minute and they will turn golden. Take them off onto a plate as well. Next roast the chana dal the same way.
Now roast the white and black sesame seeds separately the same. Grind all of them together once cooled down. Add salt and asafoetida while grinding.
The powder should me coarsely ground. This can be stored in an airtight container. It stays good for months.
The best way to consume this powder is to mix it with rice (white rice is preferred) and top it with sesame oil. Mix it all and start eating. Yum! Its perfect!
With every bite, you can taste the distinct sesame flavor. The other lentils bring in a certain crunch and texture to this recipe. On days when I am super bored to cook, we just have rice with sesame seed powder. It is the most easiest, quickest and tastiest meal we have that we enjoy.
Sesame Seed Powder/Ellu Pudi
- 1 cup black sesame seeds
- 1 cup white sesame seeds
- 1 cup urad dal
- 1 cup chana dal
- 1 tsp asafoetida
- 12-15 dried red chillies
- Sesame oil
- In a pan, heat oil. Roast dried red chillies for a minute. Remove it on a plate. Next roast urad dal for a minute and they will turn golden. Take them off onto a plate as well. Next roast the chana dal the same way.
- Now roast the white and black sesame seeds separately the same. Grind all of them together once cooled down. Add salt and asafoetida while grinding.
- The powder should me coarsely ground.Â This can be stored in an airtight container. It stays good for months.
- The best way to consume this powder is to mix it with rice (white rice is preferred) and top it with sesame oil. Mix it all and start eating. Yum! Its perfect!
You can make this fully with white sesame instead of mixing it with black sesame seeds.
I am finally happy that I managed to recreate my mother-in-law’s recipe and the fact that it also tastes like it! However the batch I made is bit more spicy which I love by the way. I dedicate this post to her who has been a wonderful emotional support to me ever since I stepped into this family.
I enjoy making dry spices at home, specially the aroma of roasting them as it spreads in my kitchen. Love it! I make Homemade Turmeric Powder, Homemade Garam Masala and Dhania Jeera Powder regularly. These are my kitchen essentials as they go in most of the recipes that I make. Sesame Seed Powder/Ellu Pudi is now added to that list.
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