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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Peanut Rice | Groundnut Rice | வேர்க்கடலை சாதம்

Peanut rice, groundnut rice

Today I am here with Peanut Rice. This South Indian style variety rice is easy to make and can be prepared in a jiffy, which makes it perfect for packing lunch box. First peanut spice powder is prepared and then it is mixed with cooked rice. So simple to prepare and it tastes delicious. It is vegan and gluten free too. I came across this recipe in Sangee's site couple of years ago. Since then have tried is so many times and tweaked the recipe to suit our family's taste buds.

Peanut Rice, Groundnut Rice, Verkadalai sadam

Peanut Rice

This Peanut rice is prepared in South Indian style. It is easy to make and can be prepared in a jiffy.

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Yield : about 4 servings

Ingredients :

  • Cooked Rice : 4 Cups
  • Peanuts : 1/2 Cup
  • Oil : 1 Teasooon
  • Sesame Seeds : 2 Teaspoon
  • Chana Dal : 1 Teasooon
  • Urad Dal : 1 Teaspoon
  • Dried Red Chillies : 3 - 4 nos.
  • Grated Coconut : 3 Tablespoons
  • Salt : To taste
  • To Temper
  • Oil : 2 Teaspoons
  • Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Urad dal : 1 Teaspoon
  • Peanuts : few(optional)
  • Curry Leaves : 1 Sprig

Instructions :

  1. Dry roast peanuts till it is slightly brown and the raw smell is gone. If you have already roasted peanuts, skip this process.
  2. In a pan, add a teaspoon of oil, then add channa dal, urad dal and fry for a minute, then add red chillies and sesame seeds and fry for for another minute. Then add grated coconut, mix well and slightly roast it till there is no moisture in the coconut and turn off the heat. Let it cool completely. Then add this to a blender and grind into a coarse powder. Then add the roasted peanuts and pulse it. It has to be a coarse powder. The spice mix is ready.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when they sputter, add urad dal, peanuts and curry leaves and fry for couple of minutes. The tempering is ready. Turn off the heat. To this add the cooked rice and spice mix along with required salt and mix well.Peanut rice is ready.

Notes :

  • The preferred oil for cooking this rice is sesame oil (gingelly oil). Though you can use other oils like sunflower oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, this rice tastes best with sesame oil.
  • Adding peanuts to tempering is optional.
  • Adjust quantity of spice mix added to the rice as per your taste.
  • While mixing spice mix with rice, if needed you can add couple of teaspoons of sesame oil for more flavour.

Peanut Rice, Verkadalai Sadam, Nilakadalai sadam


  1. my son's most favourite.. yum! and simple too

  2. I love peanuts in any form...This is one of my favorite rice dishes..I liked your way of preparing it..

  3. Hi Divya, interesting recipe. Have one query though.... for the spice mix,is the grated coconut also roasted or should it be added after the gas us switched off?

    1. Hi, Mix it well and slightly roast it and then turn off the heat. Just to make sure there is not much moisture content in the coconut. Hope this answers your query. Will add this point in the recipe too. Thanks for asking :)


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