Pepper Rice or Milagu Sadam is a South Indian instant rice dish where leftover rice is cooked with lots of black pepper. This variety rice recipe is great to serve for lunch or dinner. Here is how to make it.
South Indian cuisine is known for its simplicity and humble flavours.
The day I stepped my foot in Bangalore a few years back, I knew that I had to go and explore the authentic South Indian cuisine.
First things first, you know!
From Veg to Non Veg, by now I have almost tried everything and I can tell you that it’s one of my favourite cuisines that I also like to prepare at home now-a-days.
Since that time, I have experimented hundreds of South Indian recipes, but what comes to my rescue during the busy days are South Indian Mixed Rice Recipes.
There are so many variations of Mixed Rice recipes in this cuisine, each and every dish different from each other in terms of ingredients, flavour and style of making.
And the best part, they are so easy to make, that you need less than 30 minutes in the kitchen.
With a dominant flavour of freshly ground pepper, this recipe gets ready in very less time and if you have already have some leftover cooked rice, then it just takes 10 minutes.
So, next time you want to make a quick rice dish and give your everyday rice recipe a break, do give this easy peasy rice recipe a try.
What is Pepper Rice?
It is also known as Milagu Sadam and is a delicious South Indian Style rice preparation where cooked rice is stir fried along with onions, cashews, lentils and curry leaves.
This rice is then flavoured with lots of freshly ground pepper, which adds a hint of spiciness to the rice.
You can also add in scrambled egg in this recipe to make an Egg Pepper Rice or your choice of vegetables such as Mushroom, Carrot, Bell Pepper, Corn etc.
This is a great Leftover Rice recipe, if you have some rice from the last night’s dinner, you can just make this rice in minutes.
Perfect for the hectic and busy mornings, when you don’t need to spend more time in kitchen and pack this for Lunch Box. You can also call it an Instant Rice Dish!
You can serve this flavourful rice on its own or along with a bow of fresh curd or any Raita such as Boondi Raita, Tomato Onion Raita or even Beetroot Raita.
Step By Step Recipe
Heat oil in a pan.
Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and cook until they turn slightly brown.
Add curry leaves and hing and let them crackle for a few seconds.
Add onion and cashew nuts and fry until they turn slightly brown.
Now add cooked rice, pepper and salt and mix well.
Cook for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot.
Pepper Rice Recipe
- 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Chana Dal
- 1 teaspoon Urad Dal
- 10-12 Curry Leaves
- ¼ teaspoon Hing
- ½ cup Onion (chopped)
- 10-12 Cashew Nuts
- 2 cups Cooked Rice
- 1 tablespoon Freshly Ground Pepper
- Salt (to taste)
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and cook until they turn slightly brown.
- Add curry leaves and hing and let them crackle for a few seconds.
- Add onion, cashew nuts and fry until they turn slightly brown.
- Now add cooked rice, pepper and salt and mix well.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot.