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Jan 30, 2014

Peanut Rice / Verkadalai Sadham - Easy Lunch Box Recipes!

I mostly prefer quick fix meal or some simple rice recipes for lunch. This peanut rice is one such quick simple meal that needs only few ingredients and and also an easy way to finish off some left over rice. This Peanut rice doesn't need any great side dish. Just a chips/Papad/Fryums is enough. Like other variety rices, this Peanut rice comes in rescue on some or lazy weekdays lunch. Since I love peanuts in any form, I used to add peanuts in most of my variety rices, upma and in all possible dishes. There are tons of variety rice recipes and different methods of Peanut rice, this is my convenient method with fresh coconut touch. Very flavorful and delicious rice, some fryums or papads with a bowl of peanut rice is enough for a happy & satisfying meal.
Preparation Time : 10-12 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes
Serves   2-3

  1. Cooked Rice    2 cups(Sona masoori or Basmati Rice)
  2. Raw Peanuts   1/2 cup
  3. Dry Red Chilli   3 or 4 no.s
  4. Curry leaves    1 sprig or few
  5. Chana Dal/Kadala Paruppu   1 tsp
To Temper
  1. Oil/Sesame oil     2-3 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
  3. Urad dal    1 tsp
  4. Peanuts    1 tbsp
  5. Curry leaves    few
  6. Hing/Asafoetida   a pinch
  7. Shredded coconut   1 tbsp (fresh or frozen)
  8. Salt    to taste

  • Heat a pan, dry roast peanuts in medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until it turns golden brown and raw smell leaves and then transfer it to plate and keep aside.
  • To the same pan, add few drops of oil heat it, then add curry leaves, dry red chilli, chana dal and roast for 1-2 minutes.
  • After that allow this to cool for a while, then in a blender first add roasted red chilli, chana dal, curry leaves and blend it to a coarse powder.
  • Then to it add roasted peanuts and pulse for few seconds, no need to blend it to a fine powder. Just pulse for few seconds.
  • Now the peanut powder/podi is ready and start preparing the rice.
  • Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add the other tempering ingredients one by one and fry till dal and peanuts turn golden brown.
  • After that add shredded coconut and stir for 1-2 minutes and switch off the stove.
  • Then add cooked rice, enough salt and peanut podi and combine the coconut-podi mixture well with the rice.
  • Check for salt, if you feel it dry then add little more podi or if it spicy then add few drops of sesame oil and mix it.
  • That's it...Tasty Peanut Rice ready.

If you have left over peanut podi, store it in an air tight container and use it later. It stays fresh for a week or more.
If you have dry or desiccated coconut roast it with chana dal-curry leaves and grind it along with other ingredients.
But Mr.V doesn't like adding coconut in podi, so i roasted & mixed it with rice.
For lunch box please use freshly cooked rice, if using left over rice serve it immediately.
Here i used left over rice but it can also be done with freshly cooked rice.

This is off to Priya's  Vegan Thursday Event.


  1. Simple n easy .. I m sure my daughter wil luv this as she likes peanuts.. wil try sometime

  2. I have never thought of preparing rice with peanuts...and I love the combination! The rice looks super, Sangeetha.
    Happy Friday!

  3. love peanut but cant have it- allergic:)
    The rice looks yumm and i am sure crunchy peanuts must have another jewel in the crown:)

  4. Peanut rice! WWowwiiiee.. Never tried .. looks yum

  5. Delicious and healthy one pot meal...

  6. Delicious rice Sangee :) Amma tries to add peanut podi in most of the mixed rice recipes, your version is awesome

  7. oh such a flavourful rice ....Adding of whole peanuts gives a little crunch to it ...Def good for a lazy weekend /weekday lunch

  8. Delicious and lovely looking rice blended with peanut.

  9. Wow, very flavorful, healthy and delicious bowl of rice, very quick and easy sis...

  10. my kids must hv at least once.. Looks so yum

  11. i am fan of this good with smell and taste

  12. that is quick and looks so yummy!!

  13. This is my fav too...looks yummy.Nice clicks too


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