Sesame seeds rice recipe (Ellu sadam)

By Swasthi on August 8, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Sesame seeds rice recipe – A quick, tasty and iron rich rice dish that can be eaten for a meal. To make the meal more nutritious and complete, serve this with a bowl of veggie salad and curd. Sesame seeds are highly nutritious and alkaline in nature. They have been traditionally consumed for the over all health of the body.

sesame seeds rice recipe

Sesame seeds are widely used in Indian cuisine to make ladoos, chikkis & curries. Sesame rice is one of the varieties you can make when you do not have time to make a elaborate meal.

I have used unhulled sesame seeds, you can also use black sesame. Nylon sesame & hulled sesame are low in nutrition so try using unhulled seeds.

To make sesame rice, spiced sesame seeds powder is made first. Then tempered and mixed with rice. You can make the spiced sesame powder ahead and store it in a glass jar. Just cook the rice and season it.

You can also skip the seasoning. Just drizzle the powder and sprinkle some oil. Mix it and serve. Sometimes I also pack this for the kids’ school box with some cucumber and carrot slices.

How to make sesame seeds rice

1. On a low to medium heat, dry roast urad dal, chana dal and red chilies. Keep stirring them to prevent browning.

dry roast urad dal, chana dal and red chilies

2. When they turn light golden, add garlic. This is optional but adds flavor. Skip it if making during festivals.

add garlic

3. Add curry leaves and sesame. I have used rinsed and sun dried sesame. You can also rinse them and air dry on a cloth. Rinsing is optional. You can skip curry leaves.

Add curry leaves and sesame

4. Add cumin.

Add cumin

5. Add dried coconut / copra. Dried copra has more nutritional values than desiccated coconut. You can also use fresh one but the shelf life of powder will be less. Make sure you do not burn these. Turn off the stove when the sesame begin to splutter. Cool these.

Add dried coconut

6. Add them to a blender.


7. Powder it.


8. Heat a pan with 1 tbsp oil. Add urad dal, mustard and red chilies. Urad dal turns hard in the rice. So if you don’t like them you can also skip it.

Heat a pan, Add oil, urad dal, mustard and red chilies

9. When they turn golden, add curry leaves and hing. Turn off the stove.

add curry leaves and hing

10. Add the spice powder and salt. Do not fry this otherwise it may taste bitter. Just mix it.

Add the spice powder and salt

11. Add cooled rice and mix. You can also add more powder and oil if needed.

Add cooled rice and mix

Method 2 to make sesame rice.
I usually do not temper the rice. I add the sesame powder, some crushed roasted peanuts, salt and cold pressed oil to the cooled rice. Mix everything well and serve.

Serve sesame seeds rice with sliced cucumbers and carrots.

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Sesame seeds rice recipe

Sesame seeds rice (Ellu sadam)

Sesame rice is a simple rice variety made with spiced sesame powder.
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Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time22 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

For powder

  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 1 tbsp chana dal
  • 3 red chilies (use as needed)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves (optional)
  • 3 tbsps sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin (jeera)
  • 2 tbsps dry coconut / copra (optional)

Other ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp mustard
  • ½ red chili broken
  • 1 pinch hing / asafoetida
  • salt as needed
  • 1 ½ cups cooked rice


  • Cook rice grainy and not mushy. Cool it completely.
  • Heat a pan on a medium flame. Add urad dal, chana dal and red chlies.
  • Roast these till lightly golden.
  • Add garlic, curry leaves, sesame seeds, cumin and coconut.
  • Roast just until the seeds begin to splutter. Turn off the stove.
  • Cool these and make a powder.

How to make sesame rice

  • Add oil to a pan. Heat it. Add mustard, urad dal and red chili.
  • When the dal turns golden, add curry leaves and hing.
  • Turn off the heat. Add 1 tbsp of sesame powder and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Add cooled and cooked rice.
  • Mix well. If needed you can add more oil and spice powder.
  • Serve sesame rice with sliced veggies and curd.
  • Store the remaining sesame powder in a jar and use when needed.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


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NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Sesame seeds rice (Ellu sadam)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 627 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 780mg22%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1285IU26%
Vitamin C 234mg284%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 8.3mg46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi Swasthi,

Why does Brown sesame seeds taste bitter. I used it in beetroot curry and after tasting , I threw away the curry as it tasted bitter.
Any idea how to select quality sesame seeds?

Thank you

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Hi Swasthi,

I washed the sesame seeds & toasted and used it in sesame rice preparation, it came out very good.
My 6yr old son loved it,

Thanks a ton

my kid liked, madam for me can I use lemon juice for taste