Ulundu Saadam / black gram rice from the grandmothers treasure house

black gram rice

The changing hormones and growing times are pretty tiring for mommies too . The tantrums make you wonder if you have gone back to toddler years. Despite the increase in size and change in voice, their love and attention remind you…they are just still your babies.
This particular morning ,as the day dawned I was thinking of their growing pains, health and nutrition.  Most of these kind of days I wobble back to some gather up  age old recipe I have seen my grand-moms force feed me. I try all except the force feed part . Today its the turn of the the black gram rice recipe as  I was concerned of the long legs which seem to threaten to over shoot the bunk beds. It reminded me to watch the bone strength.

 How I acquired this recipe?

This ancient  recipe from the Tamil cuisine is well known within family circles for bone growth  . The black gram rice is often prepared for girls attaining the age of puberty to help them with the bone growth. I remember this ” ulundu sadam “recipe being made by my aunt and my mom, with approvals from my grand mom.  Quite was unsure of the color when I was small, as I was a terrible picky eater. but remember liking the taste.  This recipe a comforting one for me. It is the one pot version to main dish.  I don’t mind having just by itself. The black gram add the creaminess to the rice rounding off the flavours. Today I also made a change to brown rice from the traditional white rice.


Black gram rice

Ulundu sadam served with rice

Traditionally ,this recipe is served with ellu thogayal/ sesame seeds chutney. Well, that’s something which adds to a lot of resistance at my place. So I decided to try it with a simpler combo of …ever loving Sambhar. The response was phenomenal, there was a happy tummy full smile .
I am sure you too don’t want to miss the smiles so do try out the black gram rice for your family too.

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Check out combinations you can serve with this rice..

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cheera thoran

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black gram rice

Ulundu Saadam

Black gram rice from the grandmothers treasure house
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Medicinal, One pot, South indian, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 130 kcal


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup black gram ulundu with skin
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 5 cups Water
  • salt to taste


  • Into your pressure pan add the fenugreek and caraway seeds, followed by the ghee.
  • As they roast add the black gram and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  • Add the brown rice and coat it well with the available ghee.
  • Add in the water, salt and pressure cook for about two to three whistles. We are looking for a soft cooked rice.
  • Once the pressure is released, open, fluff the rice and serve hot.


Use safety precautions as directed by the pressure cooker manufacturer.
You can add garlic cloves to the rice before pressure cooking it. I have omitted it as I like the garlic free version.


Serving: 100gCalories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 231mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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6 years ago

The combination looks deliciously mouth watering Seema :-*

Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

The recipe is surely a keeper one Seema ????

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
6 years ago

Thank you for bringing back a forgotten recipe! We bloggers can make a difference by saving up recipes that are quickly going into oblivion… Tamil Nadu has many such interesting healthy recipes… thank you so much for linking it to the event! 🙂

Shobha Keshwani
5 years ago

The rice preparation with urad dal looks yummy.. I will try it too. Brown rice is also very healthy.

Soma Mukherjee
5 years ago

Loved reading the interesting post about this healthy wholesome dish, this recipe is for keeps for sure, thanks for sharing.

5 years ago

Wonderful one-pot dish! I have never come across this during my days living in Tamilnadu…thanks for sharing dear! Looks so delicious and so nice you have used brown rice to make it healthier!

5 years ago

Wow..I love traditional and authentic recipes, these recipes are packed with nutritious, wholesome and delicious too. Must try one day!

Lata Lala
5 years ago

I must say a recipe from the treasure trove is such a gem from hidden treasures. I am amazed how our grannies used to incorporate everything so well to keep themselves healthy with the ingredients available at home.

geetha priyanka
5 years ago

This recipe truly is a priceless treasure you possess. It sounds like a comforting and delicious dish to enjoy. I am curious to know if the fenugreek seeds imparts bitter tastes to this rice if it is used as a whole.

5 years ago

This is something different and wonderful. I must try this one Seema.

5 years ago

Loved reading the post. Rice with urad dal looks delicious.

5 years ago

Black gram rice sounds so healthy !!! Awesome share dear Seema ….. Love to try this dish

5 years ago

The rice dish looks so healthy and delicious, would love to try this recipe. Thanks for the share:)

5 years ago

Black gram looks so delicious. Going to bookmark this recipe to try it. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe Seema.

5 years ago

Heirloom recipes are so precious. I have never heard or tasted of ulundu sadam before. Am def going to try this out. NIce share.

5 years ago

The dish looks so healthy and delicious. Will definitely try it out dear.

Priya Srinivasan
5 years ago

Ulundu saadam and ellu thogayal sounds like an awesome combination! Totally agree with you on these concerns, growing up I don’t remember going to doctor it is always some podi, kashayam, legiyam that was given to ease the small problem. Would love to try this rice for my kids, the creaminess the dal and the lip smacking thogayal will ease my problem of force-feeding 😂

5 years ago

So delicious and easy too! Thank you so much!

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