Ellorai/Ellu podi Saadam/Sesame Seeds Rice - Mixed Rice, Variety Rice , Lunch Box recipe

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, January 25, 2016

The second day of Pongal comes Kanu Pongal, where we rise early and do pooja without taking bath, praying for the wellbeing of our brothers and for the unity in the family. 
Pooja is made very early in the morning. The offering is balls made of leftover rice and sarkarai pongal from the previous day. These are placed neatly on turmeric leafs and offered to the crows, to bless us with the same unity they have with their clan.  
Kaaka Pidi vachen, kannu pidi vachen, kaakai ellam kalyanam, un kootam polave en kootamum othumaya vazhanum
காக்கா பிடி வைத்தேன், கண்ணு பிடி வைத்தேன், காக்கை எல்லாம் கல்யாணம். உன் கூட்டம் போலவே என் கூட்டமும் ஒற்றுமையா வாழணும்.
meaning, here i touch/offer these colorful rice balls to you crows, i wish my family always stay united, just like yours. After the pooja, we need to bath  and eat the leftover rice, not the one offered to crows, there will be some leftover rice kept separately for breakfast. We usually have it along with curd.  
When i discussed this tradition with +sangeeta khanna sometime back, she enlightened me that seasonal changes causes good gut bacteria in these leftover food, so traditions like these prepare our body well for the oncoming change in the air. 
But many don't value these traditions much these days, we simply shut them off and it ends abruptly. Our grandparents are definitely wiser than the docs now, so let us continue the old eating habits and free ourselves a bit from trouble.
The menu on this day is simple mixed/variety rice like lemon rice, coconut rice, Ellorai, puliyodharai and aviyal. I usually make lemon rice and coconut rice, but this year, i tried to do ellorai/sesame seeds rice. It is a pretty easy rice to make, you can make the spice powder ahead and store in the fridge.
1/4 cup urad dal
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
2 tbsp white sesame seeds
8-10 nos red chilies
2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp chana dal
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp hing


  • Dry roast each and every ingredient separately except hing and salt. Let them cool well. Grind them along with hing and salt into a  fine powder using a mixer.
To Make Rice
1 cup cooked rice - White Rice/Brown Rice/Matta rice
1 tsp gingely oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1 no red chili
1/4 tsp urad dal
2 nos curry leaf
3-4  broken cashews
2-3 tbsp ellorai powder

  • Spread rice on a flat plate and fluff it up with a fork.
  • In a tadka pan, heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, add chili, curry leaves, urad dal and cashewnuts. Let the dal and nut brown a bit. Take it off the stove. Add it to rice, mix well. Add ellorai powder and mix well.
  • Check the taste and adjust salt, if needed. Serve or pack  with your favorite curry for a delicious meal.

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  1. I love this ellupodi rice. Some how in my house they dont make it very often. Rice looks really great.

  2. A very interesting variety of rice... flavorful..

  3. My kind of food, can have it everyday without any fuss.

  4. Love sesame seeds rice.Looks very delicious Priya.

  5. Such a delicious and nutritious sesame rice. Looks amazing.

  6. Love this podi, am a big fav of these spice powders.

  7. It's been ages since I made this. Should make it soon. One of my favorite rice and good to know the reasoning behind our tradition.

  8. Very interesting to read about the festival details . The rice and the podi both look great .

  9. Love it. I love the mortar n pestle in the picture :)

  10. I love learning about the different cultural traditions


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