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Black Gram Rice ~ Urad Dal Rice

A nutty, spicy, flavorful rice with black gram & peppercorn spice mix. It is a comfort food when served with raita.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian, Tamil Cuiisne
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 1683kcal


Main Ingredients

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

Masala Powder (Spice Mix)

  • 1 ½ – 2 tablespoon Black Gram ~ Urad Dal washed
  • 1 ½ - 2 tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • ¾ - 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns
  • 1 ½ - 2 tablespoon Coconut Flakes or Dry Coconut


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


Cooking 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 - Urad Dal Rice

  • When rice is cool enough to handle, add masala powder, ½ – ¾ teaspoon 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.


  • Measuring cup used is the one that comes with the rice cooker.
  • I used less than ¼ teaspoon hing and I would always prefer crushed garlic. If you are like me, use about 1-1 ½ teaspoon crushed garlic.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 0g | Calories: 1683kcal | Carbohydrates: 209g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 79g | Saturated Fat: 42g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 1493mg | Potassium: 798mg | Fiber: 27g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 704IU | Vitamin C: 198mg | Calcium: 447mg | Iron: 13mg