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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rice Dishes ~ E for Ellorai / Ellotharai (Sweet Version)

I accidentally came across this traditional sweet recipe from Tamil nadu a few months back while looking for some other recipe and it ended up being my 'E' dish for this event. I have tried and liked the spicy ellu sadam (sesame seeds' rice) before. And so decided to give this sweet version also a try as I tend to be a little bit more partial towards sweet dishes. I love sesame seed laddus very much but this dish turned out just 'okay' for me. I guess that this sweet version is more like an acquired taste. I may be wrong and people who are partial to this dish may not agree with me but the dish  tasted more like crumbled laddus mixed with rice. I prefer the spicy version over the sweet one but thought of documenting it on my blog since this happens to be a traditional dish.

Ingredients: (2 to 3 servings)
1 cup cooked rice (I used sona masuri rice.)
1 tbsp. ghee
2 tbsp. cashews
3 tbsp black sesame seeds
6 to 8 tbsp. jaggery powder *
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
* The amount of jaggery used depends upon it's sweetness and the level of sweetness preferred in the final dish.

Method:
* Toast sesame seeds on low flame for 30 - 40 seconds and let cool.
* Grind sesame seeds, jaggery and cardamom to a fine powder.
* Heat ghee in a pan and toast cashews until golden brown. Turn off the stove. Add the cooked rice and mix well so that there are no rice lumps. Each grain should appear separate.
* Add the sesame powder to the above rice and mix well. 
Do not add the sesame powder to the pan before adding the rice since the jaggery would start melting if done so and the rice would be a wet mess.

Recipes so far in A - Z Rice Dishes,
A for Achaari Chole Pulao
B for Bhuna Khichuri
C for Chintapandu Pulihora
D for Dindigul Thalapakatti Veg Biryani

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 68.

16 comments:

Usha Rao said...

Sweet version of sesame rice is totally new to me.

Gayathri Kumar said...

I make savoury version often but didn't know about this sweet version. Looks good..

Suja Ram said...

Sweet version of Ellodarai sounds interesting. A must try.

vaishali sabnani said...

Somehow i love sweet rice , and this version sounds absolutely fantastic ! I am loving the idea of black sesame , it's giving the rice such a rustic look .

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

My husband loves the sweet ellu rice and this one made with the black sesame should have been so much more flavorful.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Never tried the sweet version of ellotharai.This sweet version sounds interesting..

Harini-Jaya R said...

I have never used black sesame in my cooking so I cannot relate to the taste. But the picture with the contrasting blackish rice and the reddish brown cashews looks very tempting.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

sweet rice with sesame seeds,, wow.. I have tried only the savory version. This looks great.

Priya Suresh said...

Never tried ellotharai with black sesame seeds, and the colour of this rice is seriously very attractive.

Kalyani said...

Two things strike me as new : never tasted sweet version of ellorai / ellogarai (as we call it) and second usage of black sesame seeds ! Bookmarking to try a small portion sometime !

Srivalli said...

Totally new and a great find Suma. I always prefer savory over sweet, still love jaggery based sweet rice..fantastic series..

Archana Potdar said...

Both the sweet and savoury versions are new to me. Since we use the black version in shradda only I guess it's never made in our place. Looks good but not too sure I will like it but the read of it.

Smruti Shah said...

Such an amazing version of the rice you got us! Loved this version with the black sesame seeds!

Priya Srinivasan said...

oh is there a sweet version of this? never knew. I make spicy ellorai and it is a family favorite!! :)

Ritu Tangri said...

When I first saw the pic, my reaction was...Whatz it?? Black rice!! Ihave never used Black sesame in rice. Dying to make it ASAP :)

Pavani N said...

Very very interesting sweet rice dish with black sesame seeds. Looks delicious.