Thuvaram Paruppu Sadam (Toor Dal Rice)

Yields: 4 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 25 Mins Cook Time: 40 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 5 Mins

Toor dal rice / Thuvaram Paruppu Sadam is a delicacy that is very popular in the Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts of TamilNadu. This one-pot meal is an easy one to make and is an alternative to those days when you want to make sambar, but find no time. Thuvaram Paruppu Sadam need not be confused with sambar rice or bisibelath (Quinoa Bisibelabath). Each of these has unique vegetables and spices that go into it. While bisibelabath has an elaborate number of spices that go into it, thuvaram paruppu sadam on the other hand has pearl onions and garlic blended with a coconut- red chili paste. The unique flavors of this rice elevate when paired with a dollop of ghee and papad. do try this authentic recipe and enjoy these simple, yet flavorful rice.


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  • Measure the rice and dal together and wash them three times and set aside. Peel the pearl onions and garlic and set them aside.
  • Heat a heavy-bottomed pressure cooker and add rice+dal. Measure about two and a half cups of water and allow it to cook.
  • In a mixer, add grated coconut, red chilies, jeera seeds, and a couple of pearl onions. Grind them to a smooth paste.
  • Add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to the rice mix. While the rice is half cooked, add the ground paste, peeled pearl onions, and garlic, along with a generous amount of asafetida powder.
  • Cover the pressure cooker and cook for three whistles. Switch off the stove and allow it to cool down.
  • Open the lid and turn them over uniformly. Heat a pan with oil. Once they shimmer, add the onion vadagams and curry leaves. Wait until they splutter and Pour them over the cooked rice.
  • Mix and serve with poppadoms, raita, or chips.


  • Add the garlic and pearl onions after the rice is half- cooked. Otherwise, they may be mashed in the process of cooking.
  • If you do not have vadagams, you can make tadka with mustard seeds and urad dal alone.

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