Lentil’s Rice

Lentil’s Rice

Paruppu Saadham:

Pappu Annam, Paruppu Saadham. Rice Kitchedi. Arisiyum Paruppum Saadham???

Yes…much similar to ‘Masala Pongal’ dish with slight variation! Its a comfort food, well balanced, nutritional and easy to fix recipe!

As we say it as ‘Paruppu Saadham’(at Chennai)…people from South(Coimbatore belt)call this as ‘Arisiyum Paruppum Saadham’!! Hmmmm pretty weird??? I tease them a big time….why to mention ‘arisi’(rice) if it is already a saadham(cooked rice)there! Anyways, it was fun to be ‘fault finding’ in linguistic stuff. Different regional people of the same language, perfect certain words and also mispronounce few words…maybe the influence of outside settlements or local twist, whatever!!! This is Paruppu Saadham to me!:)


Cinnamon Stick 1
Cloves 2
Cumin 1 spoon
Green chili 3 slitted
Garlic 6 cloves sliced
Onion 1 large sliced
Tomato 1 optional chunked
Rice 1 cup
Thoor dal 1/4 cup
Butter 2 cubes
Cilantro leaves few.


Soak rice and lentils few hours ahead.

Melt butter, throw in, the spices.

Then add chilies, garlic and onion. Fry for 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, salt, rice and lentils. Measure water and add to this. Either slow cook or pressure cook.

Once they are done, remove from heat and garnish with cilantro leaves.


10 Responses so far.

  1. I love this paruthu sadham Malar.. looks yummy.. kalakunga…

  2. Ann says:

    This is much more than a rice Malar…A complete food and power packed..

  3. Hey Malar,this is a quick and a healthy dish.Always Parpu Saadham is a comfort food.LOved the addition on Garlic,cloves and cinnamon.Yummy!

  4. wow..am drooling over that 2nd shot Malar..:)
    Btw,did my mail help you?

  5. Premyscakes says:

    Hi Malar,
    We call this as arisi parupu saadham. simple to do yet yummy one isn’t it?

  6. Madhumathi says:

    Kichidi is my all time fav..But I it make using moong dal..I must try with tuar dal ..Looks nice :)

  7. Looks like a comfort food for me. Must to try.

  8. Sweta says:

    Hey Malar,
    I love kichidi-it’s quick and healthy.I make it with loads of veggies and in winters in the Karnataka style-Bisi bele bath!
    Just saw your comment on the besan dosa-yes,it is an instant dosa and equally filling :-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    its very nice that you mention arisi paruppu sadam…and u are right…i am a gounder, my parents are from coimbatore and thats how we call it…i feel nice when i say it because not everyone calls it by a unique name :) ….i love your recipes. Keep posting

  10. Malar Gandhi says:

    Dear Anonymous,

    AK is from Coimbatore too…I always pull his leg a big time…nice to discuss and justify…things that are not so important. Its fun!!!

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