Roasted Peanut Rice is a simple and delicious South Indian dish. This aromatic rice is prepared by roasting peanuts & grinding it with garlic and other spices.
If you are a South Indian, then you would have had surely peanut rice at some point in your life! I love this South Indian not just because I am born in it and have been eating it since birth but also for the variety of food that is offered here. There are a lot of mixed rice that is prepared using different ‘podi’ meaning powders. For ex – there is Sesame Seed Powder/Ellu Pudi, Tamarind rice and Curry leaves rice. There are some other popular rice varieties like Coconut Rice, Lemon Rice and Tomato Rice.
The first time I tasted Peanut Rice was at my uncle’s wedding. I had loved it so much that, that is all I had that day despite the widespread wedding menu! It was so well made that I just couldn’t resist. I remember even complimenting the caterer for it who responded with a rather disappointing smile. He must have expected that I would compliment his main course rather than a side dish. But I was all smiling and content that day. On our way home, I insisted that my mom makes it again for me which she did for the next 10 years. Over the years I had observed her recipe a million times but never attempted to make it myself, until now.
I suddenly remembered this dish and immediately got on with making it for dinner that day. Roast peanuts, sesame seeds, dried red chillies, garlic, cumin seeds and curry leaves in a pan. Take it off the pan and add chana dal and urad dal to the pan and roast them as well. Take it off the pan and grind it all together coarsely. Heat ghee in the same pan and temper mustard seeds. Then add the coarsely ground powder to the ghee and give it a mix. Lastly add cooked rice and coat it with all the masala.
Garnish with cilantro and serve warm along with some papad and yogurt. Eating this rice got back so many wonderful memories which began at a wedding. Every bite reminded me of my mom’s warmth and how she started making this dish just for me even without knowing the recipe back then. Her recipe evolved over the years to what it is finally today. In the beginning, she would not add garlic but since I loved the taste of garlic, she began adding it to the masala. Whenever she made this rice, it would make me feel very special as I knew that it was made mainly for me. Such is the power of a mom’s love! I dedicate this recipe to her.
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- 1/2 cup peanuts (skin removed)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2-3 dried red chillies
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 2 tbsp chana dal
- 1 tbsp urad dal
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1.5 cups cooked rice
- Cilantro for garnish
- Roast peanuts, sesame seeds, dried red chillies, garlic, cumin seeds and curry leaves in a pan. Take it off the pan and add chana dal and urad dal to the pan and roast them as well. Take it off the pan and grind it all together coarsely. Heat ghee in the same pan and temper mustard seeds. Then add the coarsely ground powder to the ghee and give it a mix. Lastly add cooked rice and coat it with all the masala.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve warm along with some papad and yogurt.
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There are many more recipes that you can make with a bag of peanuts. Sabudana/Sago/Tapioca Pearls Khichdi, Beets & Peanuts Raita, Sriracha Peanuts Pasta, Carrots and Peanuts Chutney, Tofu cooked with Sesame Seeds and Peanuts and Sesame & Peanut flavored Capsicum Aloo.