Ulutham Paruppu Sadham – Urad Dal Rice

November 10, 2014 Rice VarietiesTirunelveli Style Recipes  7 comments

Uluthum Paruppu Sadham/Urad Dal rice is an easy and healthy one pot meal. It is a traditional lunch menu of Tirunelveli. This is served specially to teenage girls during puberty. Urad Dal is rich in calcium and helps to strengthen bones. The complete combo would be Ulutham Paruppu Sadham, ellu thuvayal (recipe coming next), Aviyal and/or vathal. This can be made with split white urad dal or the black ones with skin. I have used white urad dal as Chotu does not like the look of the black ones and says “NO” immediately. Black Urad Dal is much healthier than this.

Now to the recipe…


[Preparation Time – 10 mins : Cooking Time- 20 mins]


  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Urad Dal – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut – 1/4 cup (grated)
  • Garlic – 15 to 20
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera/Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Water – 3 1/2 cups


  • Heat a pan and dry roast urad dal for a few mins until u get a nice aroma. Keep it aside. In the same pan dry roast fenugreek seeds for a few seconds. Keep it aside. In a pressure cooker take rice and urad dal and wash it.

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  • Peel the garlic pods and keep it ready. Add the fenugreek seeds, jeera, grated coconut, garlic pods and required salt. Add 3 1/2 cups of water and mix. Cook it for 1 whistle and simmer for 5-7 mins and switch off the flame. Once the pressure releases mix well and serve.

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Ulutham Paruppu Sadham/Urad Dal Rice is ready.

I served with ellu thuvayal and vathal.




  1. U can either use black urad dal (with skin) or the white ones like I have used.
  2. Do not skip grated coconut as it gives a very nice flavour. U can reduce the amount if u want.

7 comments to Ulutham Paruppu Sadham – Urad Dal Rice

  • veena  says:

    so yummy and healthy rice..

  • Jayanthisindhiya  says:

    What a healthy dish,new to me,

  • Ashwini  says:

    Never heard of it. Looks quite unique and interesting to make since I all do with urad dal is use it for idli making. Great idea..

  • marudhuskitchen  says:

    Very unique not yet tried..will try it soon

  • suja  says:

    Looking very tasty!!!!Waiting for your Ellu thogaiyal to try this healthy combo!!!

  • Shobha  says:

    Healthy & interesting dal rice…………

  • Nupur Mehra  says:

    Hi Sundari, the rice looks really tempting. I usually add dal in rice for a khichdi preparation, but never have added Urad dal to it. And also adding whole garlic pods like that, very new to me. now, I am so tempted to try it on and check the taste out. bookmarked it for my weekend cooking 🙂

    First time on your blog, such a wow collection of traditional recipes you have. Well done ! 🙂

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