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September 28, 2017

Milagu Jeeraga Sadam – Pepper Cumin Rice Recipe

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Pepper cumin rice
Pepper cumin rice / Milagu jeeraga sadam in Tamil is one of the yummy, South Indian rice recipes we make as prasadam for Navratri, Saraswathi pooja, Purattasi sani thaligai, aadi 18 etc. Yesterday I made this rice for navaratri afternoon neivedyam learning from my MIL. My MIL make this rice at least once in a week as pepper is a healthy Indian spice that helps to purify blood, improves appetite and digestion. Sendhil loves this rice variety a lot. So we make this pepper rice for his lunch box and  one day travel as well.

Sometimes we used to combine Saraswathi pooja, Purattasi sani thaligai festivals and make 5 rice varieties, chana sundal and thullu maavu(rice flour mixed with jaggery) for Saraswathi pooja neivedyam. We make this milagu jeeraga sadam as one of the 5 rice varieties. As its so easy to make, I thought it would be useful for you all. I have already shared a video on how to make 5 rice varieties. You can replace sesame seeds rice/ ellu sadam with milagu jeeraga sadam and offer to God for tomorrow Saraswathi pooja festival. Lets see how to make this easy milagu sadam /pepper rice with step by step pictures !
Milagu jeeraga sadam

Milagu Jeeraga Sadam - Pepper Cumin Rice

Pepper cumin rice recipe

How to Pepper cumin rice

South Indian
Main course

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Cooked rice - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tsp (to roast)
  • Pepper corns - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Ghee - to mix with rice

How to make the recipe

  1. Heat ghee in a kadai.Roast pepper & cumin seeds till it starts to crackle.
  2. Remove and grind to powder adding salt.
  3. Mix this powder with cooked rice.
  4. Enjoy !

Pepper cumin rice - Step by step photos

  • Heat ghee in a kadai and roast pepper & cumin seeds in medium flame till cumin seeds starts to splutter.
    Pepper cumin rice/ Milagu jeeraga sadam
  • Remove in a plate and let it cool down. Grind to a slightly coarse powder adding salt.
  • Take the required cooked rice. Add 2 tsp of ghee, ground powder, mix well and check for taste.
    Pepper cumin rice/ Milagu jeeraga sadam
  • Add more salt & powder if required. Serve !
    Pepper cumin rice/ Milagu jeeraga sadam
  • If you wish, you can temper mustard seeds, curry leaves in ghee and add to rice.


  • Pepper alone gives spiciness to the rice. So you can add more pepper if you want spicy taste.
  • Do not add more cumin seeds. Its flavor will dominate.
  • Adding ghee helps to enhance the flavor and taste. If you don't want to add ghee, you can add sesame oil.

Try this easy and flavorful pepper cumin rice and enjoy !
Milagu sadam

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Meenu said...

Hi chitra I tried pepper jeera rice .when I started to roast pepper it started to splutter a lot.what to do

Chitra said...

Guess kadai was too hot. Just switch off flame and then add cumin.

Meenu said...

Ok thanks