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March 16, 2019

Ellu Podi For Rice – White Sesame Seeds Powder - Til Powder Recipe

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Ellu podi for rice
This is a simple ellu podi recipe that tastes great with plain rice, idli, dosa. I learnt this sesame seeds powder recipe / til powder from my MIL. It needs just 2 ingredients. Usually we make ellu sadam for festivals like Aadi 18, Kaanum pongal. But that is a different recipe using black sesame seeds, urad dal and coconut. Please check it HERE.

Recently when my MIL visited my house, I told her to prepare 5 podi varieties for rice and took videos. She prepared coconut podi, paruppu podi, sundakkai podi, paruppu podi and ellu podi. I will share the recipes one by one in my space. To begin with here is an easy ellu podi for rice. I used white sesame seeds in this recipe. You can also use black sesame seeds. This podi stays good for more than 10 days if you store properly with clean handling. Friends, do try this yummy ellu podi recipe for rice and enjoy.

Do check out my Ellu kozhukattai recipe for Ganesh chaturthi, Sesame seeds gun powder / ellu podi for idli, dosa and Tirunelveli style ellu thogayal for urad dal rice.

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Ellu podi for rice

Ellu podi for rice

Ellu podi / white sesame seeds powder recipe for rice, idli, dosa

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: 1/3 cup
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup - 240ml
  • White sesame seeds / Vellai ellu - 1/2 cup
  • Red chilli - 3 to 4 (adjust )
  • Salt - as needed
  1. Heat a kadai and dry roast the sesame seeds and red chilli till seeds splutter.
  2. Remove in a plate and cool down.
  3. Add required salt and grind to a powder.
  4. Do not grind for long time as sesame seeds leaves oil.
  5. Remove in a box, use clean spoon. Stays good for 10 days.
  6. Mix with plain rice adding sesame oil or ghee. Enjoy !

  • Heat a kadai and dry roast sesame seeds and red chilli in medium flame. Saute till sesame seeds starts to splutter. Make sure it doesn’t burn. Switch off the flame and cool down.
  • ellu podi for rice
  • Add required salt. Grind to a fine powder. Do not run the mixie continuously for long time because sesame seeds release oil and it becomes  a paste. So grind to a fine powder carefully. Remove in a box and close with a lid. Use a clean spoon for handling.
  • ellu podi for rice
  • You can mix this powder with plain rice adding few drops of ghee or gingely oil.  If you like, you can have it with idli, dosa too.

  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of red chili as per your taste.
  • You can use black sesame seeds instead of white ones.
  • Do not grind the mixie for long time to avoid becoming paste.
  • For variations, you can grind a garlic clove for additional flavor.
Try this easy, yummy flavorful ellu podi for rice and enjoy !
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