Arisi Paruppu Sadam ~ South Indian Style Dal Rice

Arisi Paruppu Sadam

arisi paruppu sadam
Arisi Paruppu Sadam

There are endless variety of rice dishes in Indian cuisine as rice is a staple across the sub continent. The varitions, flavors, textures of each rice dish is unique, be it the rich Biryani or the simple lemon rice. One such simple, protein dish is a South Indian style tur dal rice variety, Arisi Paruppu Sadam. When I am rushed for time with less than 30 minutes to cook a complete meal, my go to one pot meal is dal rice. Comfort food!

A straight forward recipe with its origins in Tamil Nadu, Arisi Paruppu Sadam has short grained rice and tur dal as its star players. Tempering of spices in ghee aka clarified butter and the use of asafoetida elevate the flavor of the rice dish tremendously. I have tried this recipe with asafoetida and sambar powder and it was relished by my family. Today, am posting a variation which has crushed garlic along with aromatic spices like cinnamon and cloves in the tempering. I loved the flavors and it made for a hearty and filling meal. To go with Arisi Paruppu Sadam, I also prepared a simple potato fry which makes for a perfect accompaniment along with papad, pickle and curd.

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Tamil Style Dal Rice – Paruppu Sadam

Arisi Paruppu Sadam ~ South Indian Style Dal Rice

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  rice
  •   tur dal


  •   Rice - 1 1/2 cups
  •   Tur dal - 1/2 cups
  •   Onions - 1, large, finely chopped
  •   Tomatoes - 2, medium size, finely chopped
  •   Green chilies - 2, slit
  •   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsps, finely chopped
  •   Tempering/Poppu/Tadka:
  •   Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  •   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  •   Garlic - 2, cloves, crushed
  •   Red chilies - 2, tear and de-seed
  •   Cinnamon stick - 1"
  •   Cloves - 2
  •   Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  •   Oil - 1 tbsp
  •   Ghee - 1 tbsp (vegans can use oil)

Method for making Arisi Paruppu Sadam ~ South Indian Style Dal Rice

Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. Once the oil+ghee turns hot, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add cumin seeds, crushed garlic, red chilis, cinnamon, cloves and curry leaves and saute for 15-20 secs on medium flame.
Add chopped onions and green chilies and saute for 5 mts. Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Add chopped tomatoes and saute for 5 mts.
Add the drained rice and dal and saute for 2 mts. Add half of the chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Add 4 cups of water and place lid. Pressure cook upto 3 whistles and turn off flame. Once the pressure reduces, remove lid and mix well.
Remove to a serving bowl, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve warm with papad and potato fry.


  •   Garlic can be omitted and 1/4 tsp of asafoetida can be used in its place during tempering process.
  •   A heaped tsp of sambar powder can be added at Step 3.
  •   A tsp of coriander powder can also be added.
  •   For a mushy rice, add 5 cups of water.
  •   Mixed vegetables like potato, peas, carrot, beans and beetroot can also be added after sauteing the onions and before adding the tomatoes.


Arisi Paruppu Sadam is a South Indian tur dal rice dish. If you are looking for variety rice recipes that are simple, quick to make yet tasty, try this dish
  • candp g

    Looks great! Dal chawal is always a fave. I would make it with a gobi fry instead. Potatoes and rice wouldn’t be good for diabetics, the body would convert it quickly right to sugar, which raises insulin and fat storage. A lower sugar/simple carb sub would be best: Cauliflower, cabbage, green bean, carrot, squash. etc.

  • Barbara

    Can someone enlighten me as to how long “up to three whistles” would be in a pressure cooker? Many thanks –

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Cook for 10-12 mts in a pressure cooker.

  • Ramya

    Great to see arisi paruppu sadam in your blog..!! Its a famous (kongu nadu) coimbatore dish and could be done in a jiffy above all healthy..!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • kidslunch

    can I make ahead of time and freeze this rice ?

    • Sailu | Indian Food


  • kidslunch

    Can I send it as in kids lunch box ?
    Does it tastes good even when it is not warm ?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      It tastes best when warm. It can be sent in your kids lunch box