Sesame Seeds - Sesame has a nutty flavor and if you doo not like the flavor, cut back on sesame seeds in the spice mix. 3 ½ tablespoons has a strong sesame flavor.
Instant Spice Mix - If you have roasted sesame seeds or roasted sesame powder handy, you can use the powder and substitute red chilies with chili powder. Add sesame powder and chili powder directly to rice.
Variation - Adding a little bit of coconut powder to enhances the flavor. For this recipe, you can use half to one tablespoon coconut flakes. Lightly toast the flakes or you can use as is. Once you remove sesame + red chilies from fire, add coconut to hot pan, toast for few seconds and transfer to a plate to cool.
Garlic - This is a no garlic recipe and if you have no dietary restrictions and are not offering it as prasadam to deity, you can add some crushed garlic in the tadka.
Peanuts - For additional protein, roast 2-3 tablespoons peanuts in tadka.
Serving - This recipe yields 2 serving. If this is the only dish on the menu, it will serve one person.