Spicy Sesame Rice is quick, simple and easy one pot rice recipe. South Indian Style Sesame Rice is perfect lunch box and comforting weekday lunch recipe. Nutty flavour and aroma of sesame seeds make this rice recipe unique and delicious. This vegan, gluten-free and plant-based one pot meal is a savior when you have leftover rice.
Being falling under sun sign cancer, my taste buds are completely volatile. I crave for hot and spicy during rains and winters, cool and comforting during summers. I think most of us are like this, we all have food cravings depending on weather and mood. Am I true? What you have to say on this? Let me know in comments.
Why Sesame Rice?
If you are looking out for a recipe to use leftover rice, then this one is for you.
Searching for a easy and healthy lunch box recipe, then try this.
Busy day and looking for quick meal, then try this sesame rice.
No mood to cook anything elaborate but craving for comfort food, then try this south Indian style til ke chawal.
One Recipe, Many Names
This comforting and spicy rice made with nutty sesame seeds is called by different names in south Indian states. Here are some,
Sesame Rice – English
Til ke Chawal – Hindi
Ellu Sadam – Tamil
Nuvvula Annam – Telugu
Cooking from Cookbook
Few days back, I have come across this recipe in the cookbook Southern Spice by Chandra Padmanabhan. Simple ingredients and easy recipe tempted me to try this recipe. Except chutney and spice powders (karam podi), I have never made anything with sesame and was wondering how this will taste like. But believe me, this is one of the tastiest rice recipe, I have ever made. Do give this a try!
Spicy Sesame Rice Is,
easy to make
perfect lunch box recipe
quick weekday lunch
Best Indian Lunch Recipes
Tips and Variations
- The most important part in this recipe is roasting of sesame seeds.
- Always remember to roast sesame seeds on low flame only.
- Stir continuously, sesame seeds will get evenly roasted and you can avoid burning.
- I used peanuts, you can use roasted cashew nuts too.
- If possible use sesame oil or peanut oil in making this rice recipe.
- Adding sesame or peanut oil will bring good flavour in sesame rice.
Can I store this sesame spice mixture?
Yes, definitely, you can store this spice mixture. Here are few tips to follow,
- Make the spice mixture a day ahead and store it in an air tight container. This will help you in making this rice in no time.
- Leftover spice powder, can be stored in clean, dry air tight jar. You can use this whenever needed.
- You can even sprinkle this on stir-fries like potato, brinjal and okra.
- I sprinkled this spice mix on potato fry (in the picture) and it turned out yum.
- 1 cup Rice, cooked and cooled
- 1 tbsp. Salt
- ½ cup white Sesame seeds | Til
- 2 tbsp. grated dry Coconut
- 4 dry Red Chillies
- 2 tbsp. Peanuts
- 1 tbsp. Mustard seeds,
- ½ tbsp. Cumin/Jeera
- 2 dry Red Chillies, halved
- 1 tbsp. Urad dal
- 1 tbsp. Chana dal
- 10 Curry leaves
How to make Sesame Rice
- Dry roast sesame seeds and dry coconut individually for 2-3 minutes on low flame and set aside.
- Then add oil to a heavy bottom cooking vessel, to this add dry red chilies and fry till fragrant. Leave it cool.
- Now mix in roasted sesame seeds, dry coconut and fried red chilies and grind to make a fine powder.
- Mix this spice mixture with cooled rice and adjust salt.
- Heat oil and fry peanuts. When peanuts are completely fried then add one by one ingredient listed under tempering.
- Now add in rice and mix well. Leave for 1-2 minutes and turn off the flame.
- Serve hot with raita and papad.
- Add 'love' to make this sesame rice taste 'YUMMY'.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
Sesame Rice is one pot rice recipe. You can relish this without any side dish. But if you want, you can serve this spicy sesame rice with,
any stir fry like potato, okra, etc;
fried chicken or cutlet
mutton keema or shamiya
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1792mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g