Ellorai |Sesame Seeds Rice – Mixed Rice Recipe

Ellorai, sesame seeds rice is a quick to make mixed rice/kalanda saadam recipe. A easy to make rice dish that can be packed for lunch box.

Mixed rices, also known as variety rice is called kalanda saadam in tamil. the word Kalanda means to mix, Saadam, means rice. Kalanda Saadam, means mixed rice. We mix spice powder/fruit juice to cooked rice and add a colorful tadka/tempering to it. This spices added and the tempering makes this rice dish more exciting and inviting.

Sesame seeds rice

The second day of Pongal festival, comes Kanu Pongal, the day , we do pooja for the wellbeing of our brothers and for the unity in the family. 
Pooja will be performed early in the morning. The offering is balls of leftover rice and sarkarai pongal from the previous day. The colorful rice balls, placed neatly on turmeric leafs and offered to the crows.

The Prayer

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.

It roughly translates to, 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.  

Sesame seeds spice powder

While discussing this tradition with sangeeta khanna, she enlightened me that seasonal changes causes good gut bacteria in these leftover food. Traditions like these prepare our body well for the oncoming change in the air. 

Unfortunately, many don’t value these traditions much these days, we simply shut them off and it ends abruptly. Our grandparents were definitely wiser than the docs now. Let us try to follow some of the old eating habits and free ourselves a bit from trouble.

Mixed/variety rice recipes, like lemon rice, coconut rice, Ellorai, puliyodharai and aviyal, will be the menu for the day. My normal menu is coconut rice, lemon rice and some aviyal for side. This year, I wanted to try a different mixed rice .

Ellorai/Sesame seeds mixed rice, is a pretty easy rice to make, you can make the spice powder ahead and store in the fridge. If storing, i would recommend not more than a week, spice powder will lose its aroma and vigor if stored for long.


The Ingredients

  • Sesame seeds, the star ingredient of this recipe. I have used a combination of both white and black sesame seeds in the recipe.
  • I suggest using black sesame a little bit more as it would it give a deep color to the rice. Sesame seeds are rich in calcium, so i try to use them as much as possible in my cooking
  • Dal, I have used both chana dal and black gram in the recipe. I prefer using skinned urad dal. If using urad dal with skin it might change the color of the spice powder. You can use either whole or split ones.
  • Coriander seeds, add a nice nutty aroma to the spice powder.
  • Chilies, i have used red chilies round variety to spice the powder.

Ellorai |Sesame Seeds Rice – Mixed Rice, Lunch Box recipe

Ellorai, sesame seeds rice is a quick to make mixed rice recipe. A easy to make rice dish that can be packed for lunch box.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: a quick to make rice recipe, Kalanda saadham, Mixed rice recipe, Sesame rice recipe, Sesame seeds rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2


For the spice powder

  • ¼ cup urad dal split black gram dal
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • ¼ cup black sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 8-10 nos red chilies i used round variety
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds dhaniya vathal
  • ¼ tsp hing/asafoetida
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste

To Make Rice

  • 1 cup cooked rice white/brown/matta
  • 3 tbsp Sesame seeds spice powder/Ellorai powder

For tempering

  • 1 tsp gingely oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds/kadugu
  • 1-2 nos red chilies
  • ¼ tsp urad dal
  • 3 tbsp broken cashewnuts/peanuts/almonds
  • a sprig of curry leaf


  • Dry roast every ingredient given under spice powder, 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 the Rice

  • Spread the cooked 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 the sizzling tadka to rice, mix well. Add ellorai powder/sesame seeds spice powder and mix well.
  • Check the taste, adjust salt, if needed. Serve or pack  with your favorite curry for a delicious meal.

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Ellorai powder

Kalanda saadam, aka mixed rices are often served with a crispy vegetable side or some crisps by the side. You can serve this spicy sesame seeds rice with sweet potato fry. If you prefer something gravy like, then go for aloo gravy

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