During my days as a paying guest in Bangalore, my room-mates who were from Coimbatore used to make this simple one pot meal ever so often. The beautiful fragrance of this rice dish invites everyone around to take a spoon and simply dig in. Arisi Paruppu Sadham literally means a Meal of Rice and Dal. Though I did not remember tasting anything close to this, but on describing the dish to Amma, she mentioned that it used to be my favorite when I was small. Intrigued, I set out to make it once at home and ever since, it’s been one of my most favorite comfort foods. It hardly takes 10 mins to put everything together and you can relax while the pressure cooker does its task. Usually, I love it with something crunchy to go with – like appalam or papad. The husband is a potato chips lover and strongly insists on this combo 🙂
Traditionally, this is made from shallots for the authentic taste but as I had only onions, I ended up using them. For the added flavour, I always add a tsp of Sambar Powder – adds to the color as well as the taste. However, it is optional. One can just have green chillies for the spiciness. The beauty of this dish is its simplicity – it’s quite flavorful with beautiful aroma coming up from a tempering of curry leaves, mustard and cumin. Tastes wonderful with a dollop of ghee on top.
To make Arisi Paruppu Sadham
Serves – 2 || Time to prepare – 25mins || Difficulty Level – Easy
What I used –
- Raw Rice, ¾ cup
- Toor Dal, ¼ cup
- Onion, 1 medium
- Tomato, 1 medium
- Green Chilli, 1
- Garlic Pods, 5-6
- Sambar powder, 1 tsp
- Turmeric Powder, ¼ tsp
- Oil, 1 tsp
- Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
- Jeera, ½ tsp
- Urad Dal, 1 tsp
- Red Chilli, 1
- Asafoetida, a generous pinch
- Curry Leaves, a few sprigs
- Salt, as needed
- Water, 3 cups
How I made –
- In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera, urad dal and red chilli (cut to halves). As the mustard seeds splutter and urad dal has slightly browned, add asafoetida and curry leaves.
- Add julienned onions along with slit green chillies and slightly crushed garlic pods. Fry until half done.
- Add finely chopped tomatoes. Add turmeric powder and cook until mushy.
- Add sambar powder and fry for 30 secs. Add washed and drained toor dal to the mixture and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add water and required salt. Let the water boil. Add washed and drained rice. Mix well.
- Close the pressure cooker and cook for three to four whistles. Switch off the flame. Let the pressure drop before opening the pressure cooker lid and mix well.
- Serve hot with a dollop of ghee on top and chips or fryums on the side.
- For the mushy consistency of the rice, I use three cups of water for 3/4th cup of rice and 1/4th cup of dal. Adjust according to your preference. Amma makes it slightly dry and hence uses less water.
- Green chillies are optional. So is sambar powder. Use either one or both.
- Frying the toor dal with the mixture helps cook it faster.
- For the flavour of this dish, curry leaves are important.
- Use shallots if available. A handful of peeled shallots should be enough. Chop them up roughly before using.