Sunday 9 February 2020

Black Urad Dal Rice/Ulundhu Sadham/Ulundhu Soru/Karuppu Ulundhu Sadham with Ellu Thuvaiyal –Thirunelveli Special

Black Urad Dal Rice/Ulundhu Sadham is a traditional and authentic recipe of Thirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. It is a very flavourful and protein packed rice variety that can be made very easily and quickly. This ulundhu soru is usually paired with Ellu Thuvaiyal/Black Sesame Seeds Thuvaiyal but it can be served with any spicy kuzhambuvarieties and appalam.This black urad dal rice is given to girls during puberty which helps in bone growth and strengthens the bone. Do check out other interesting Ulundhu recipes like Ulundhu Kali/Urad dal Kali, Ulundhu Paal/UradDal Paal, Urad Dal Ladoo here. Also check out other Vegetarian Pulavs/Biryanis/One PotMeals/Rice Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Black Urad Dal Rice/Ulundhu Soru  with step by step photos here...

Rice/Raw Rice/Pacha Arisi
1 cup
Split Black Urad Dal/Karuppu Ulundhu
½ cup
Garlic Cloves/Poondu pallu
Fenugreek seeds/Vendhayam
¼ tsp
As needed
Nallaennai/Gingelly Oil
2 tsp

For Tempering
Oil/Nallaennai/Gingelly Oil
2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeeragam
1 tsp
¼ tsp
Curry Leaves/Karuvepilai
Grated Coconut
¼ cup
Preparation Time: 10 minutes                     Recipe Category: Lunch, dinner
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes                     Recipe Cuisine: South Indian-Tirunelveli
Author: Priya Anandakumar

Add the split black urad dal to a pan and dry roast it well until nice aroma arises. Keep stirring the dal to avoid it from burning and then switch off the stove.

Now wash the rice [I have used pacha arisi, you can use brown rice, boiled rice any rice of your choice] and roasted urad dal together with water at least for 2-3 times and drain the water.

Add the washed rice and black urad dal to the pressure cooker.

Add peeled garlic cloves, fenugreek seeds, salt, 2 tsp of oil  to the pressure cooker.

Now add 3 ½ cups of water to the pressure cooker.

Pressure cook on low heat for 2 whistles and switch off the stove.

Wait for the steam to release all by itself, open the lid and fluff up the rice.

For Tempering
Heat oil in a pan, crackle cumin seeds, add curry leaves and fry until they turn crispy.

Add asafoetida/perungayam, grated coconut and saute for few seconds and switch off the stove.

Add the tempering to the rice & dal mixture.

Mix everything really well and serve it hot with Ellu Thuvaiyal. For detailed recipe of Ellu Thuvaiyal with step by step photos click here.

Delicious and healthy Karuppu Ullundhu Sadham is ready to be enjoyed. You can also serve it hot with kara kuzhambu, vatha kuzhambu or even with Kari Kuzhambu/Mutton Kuzhambu or any spicy South Indian Kuzhambu of your choice.

Ingredients For Ellu Thuvaiyal
Ellu/Black Sesame Seeds/Karuppu Ellu
¼ cup
Urad dal
1 tbsp
3-4 pieces small
Dry Red Chillies
One small amla size ball
¼ tsp
As needed
1 tsp


Dry roast ellu/black sesame seeds and transfer it to a plate. Heat 1 tsp of oil in the same pan, add urad dal, perungayam, dry red chillies and fry well until it turns to golden brown color. Add coconut and tamarind and sauté for few more seconds and switch off the stove. Add everything to the mixer and grind it well to smooth paste with little water. Ellu thuvaiyal is ready, you can temper it and enjoy with this karuppu ullundhu sadam.

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  1. Can we use whole urud dhal with skin instead? Do we need to soak it overnight or dry roast?

    1. Yes surely you can use the whole Black urad dal, dry roasting it is more than enough, do not soak it, it will go soggy and will not taste good.
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