Black Gram Rice ~ Urad Dal Rice ~ Ulundu Sadam

The last rice dish for this week is black gram dal rice from cookbook Dakshin. I never tasted this rice before and do not know how it is suppose to taste. I adjusted the spices to suit my palate.

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Masala powder prepared with urad dal gave the rice a nutty flavor and black peppercorns gave a unique taste. When eating this rice, it reminded me a lot of temple prasadams (offering to God) with rice.

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As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I do not use hing in my everyday cooking and am not used to its flavor. I always prefer garlic. Though I used hing in this recipe, I used less than ½ the quantity the recipe called for.

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The other change I made was using less black peppercorns. The recipe called for 1 ½ tsp peppercorns and I used half of it. I felt if one wants more fiery rice, can use upto 1 tsp. However, I prefer chilies or chili powder for heat and felt ¾ was just good enough for my taste.

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Total Time: 30 – 35
Preparation: 20 -25 minutes (time required to cook rice)
Cooking: 10 minutes
Serves: 1

Measuring cup used is the one that comes with the rice cooker.
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked Basmati Rice (regular rice can be used)
  • ½ – ¾ tsp. Salt
  • Masala Powder
  • 3 tbsp. Ghee or Butter (I used 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp oil)
  • 10-12 Whole Cashews, broken
  • 2 small Green Chilies, chopped

Masala Powder

  • 1 ½ – 2 tbsp. Black Gram ~ Urad Dal, washed
  • 1 ½ – 2 tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  • ¾ – 1 tsp. Black Peppercorns
  • 1 ½ – 2 tbsp. Coconut Flakes or Dry Coconut

Tempering

  • ½ – ¾ Mustard Seeds
  • ¾ tsp. Black Gram ~ Urad Dal, washed
  • ¾ tsp. Bengal Gram ~ Chana Dal, washed
  • ⅛ – ¼ tsp. Hing ~ Asafoetida (can used to upto ½ tsp but used less than ¼ tsp. Check notes)
  • 6-8 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Dry Red Chili

Preparation:

  • Rice – Cook rice with 1 ¾ cups of water. I used a rice cooker and let the rice cool.
  • Masala Powder – Heat a pan to dry roast the ingredients listed under masala powder.
  • First add Urad dal and roast for few seconds until it is slightly dry and not wet anymore.
  • To the same pan, add peppercorns and sesame seeds. Dry roast until almost light brown.
  • Then add coconut flakes and continue roasting until all the ingredients are well roasted.
  • Remove from fire and let cool.
  • Grind to fine powder and keep aside until ready to use.
  • Putting it together – When rice is cool enough to handle, add masala powder, ½ – ¾ tsp salt and mix properly.
  • Heat butter and oil in a 9-10” nonstick pan.
  • When oil is hot, add cashews and fry until cashews are brown. Remove and keep aside.
  • In the same oil/butter add mustard seeds, urad dal, Chana dal, curry leaves, dry chili and hing(if using).
  • Once mustard seeds splutter, add green chilies and saute for a minute or two. If not using hing, add crushed garlic at this point.
  • Add rice and mix until tempering is blended. Fry for a minute or two until rice is hot and turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with cashews and serve with papdams. I ate it as is with some yogurt to the side.

Notes:

  • I used less than ¼ tsp hing and I would always prefer crushed garlic. If you are like me, use about 1-1 ½ tsp crushed garlic.

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