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June 6, 2014

Peanut Rice Recipe / Verkadalai Sadam - Groundnut Rice Recipe

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Last week when I was thinking about easy Indian lunch box recipes, I reminded about this peanut rice recipe (Groundnut rice, Verkadalai sadam in Tamil). As Sendhil loves peanuts, I tried this rice without any hesitation. I referred some websites for this verkadalai sadam recipe and came up with my own combination. Its a quick fix recipe for bachelors and working women to make it easily in busy mornings. Even kids would love to take this rice for their lunch box. Just a papad or vadam is enough to have a box full of this peanut rice. If you have roasted & de skinned peanuts ready in hand, this rice can be prepared very easily and quickly. It comes out flavourful and tasty too. Sendhil liked it very much. It can be made with leftover rice too. Friends, if you are looking for some easy lunch box ideas,do include this recipe.
To get a nice color for this rice, I used Byadgi chilli which is very famous here in Karnataka. It gives a bright red color to the dishes. So I use these chillies for my chutneys, kurma and bisibelebath. If you use normal red chillies, the color of this rice will vary but taste would be the same.
Ok, Lets see how to prepare this peanut rice with step by step photos.
I clicked this picture in a hurry while Sendhil was rushing to his office.So please bear with the clicks.

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Peanut rice recipe

Peanut rice recipe Easy peanut rice recipe for lunch box
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml

  • Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Cooking oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 1/4 tsp
  • Byadgi Red chillies – 4 nos  ( use 2-3 chillies for other varieties)
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
To temper
  • Sesame oil or ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cashew nuts – few
  • Peanuts – 1 tbsp
  • Big onion – 1 no  (optional)
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Pressure cook the rice adding enough water and a drop of sesame oil. Rice should be grainy and separate.Spread in a plate and allow it to cool down.
  • Dry roast peanuts and remove the skin. Reserve a tbsp of peanuts. Keep it ready
Peanut rice
  • In a kadai, heat oil and roast sesame seeds,chillies,coconut,pepper corns & urad dal. Roast till golden brown. Roast coconut till it becomes dry.
Peanut rice 1
  • Then let it cool.Grind everything coarsely. To this add roasted peanuts, salt and run the mixie twice or thrice. It will become a coarse powder.
peanut rice 2
  • Heat ghee or sesame oil in a kadai and do the tempering adding reserved peanuts & cashews.Saute onions & set aside.
  • Add the ground powder,tempered ingredients to the cooked rice.Mix well.Add sesame oil or ghee while mixing.Check for salt.
Peanut rice 3
Serve with papad !


  • U can prepare this rice using leftover rice too.
  • Roast the coconut well else the mixture will become a paste while u grind.U can also use dry coconut/Koppari instead of fresh coconut.
  • Do not run the mixie continuously for long time.Open every now and then,scrape the sides and grind.
  • Add sesame oil or ghee while mixing.It gives a nice flavour.
  • U can omit onions and make it as no onion no garlic recipe too.It tastes good.

I had this rice with over roasted papad.It was yummy !

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  1. Making one pot meal is bliss... though i tasted the peanut along with variety rice, i never tried as such as peanut rice. Must be flavor able.

  2. love this peanuty , coconuty rice, love to see you at my space dear.

  3. oh lovely peanut rice .Adding of sesame gives a very nice aroma too.

  4. I can have a bowl now, just love the flavors in this rice..

  5. looks yummy and easy. should try this

  6. Very nice recipe chitra will try 2nite itself,will let u know Hw it comes out.

    1. Thank u swathi.Sure,try n let me know ur feedback :)

  7. Looks yummy and easy to make rice .

  8. healthy lunch box dear..yummy flavorful rice !!

  9. Very new to me looks very tempting!

  10. thats so easy to make.. lovely dish

  11. aromatic rice...i love anything prepared with peanuts...yummy..

  12. will make tis one for mondays lunch box.. good one

  13. Excellent rice recipe, very tempting click with appalam, superb. Bookmarked.

  14. Hi chitra,prepared n came out very well my kids loved a lot.

    1. Thank u so much swati for trying and the prompt feedback.I am so glad :)

  15. Healthy & yummy rice!! Wonderful lunch box menu!!

  16. Hi chitra,
    How spicy is byadagi chillies... I mean how many byadagi chillies equals three spice level of regular red chillies

    1. Byadgi chillies are less spicy. So you can use 5 or 6 for 3 regular spicy chillies.

  17. Hi chitra,
    How spicy is byadagi chillies. I mean how many byadagi chillies equals a regular red chilly


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