Tholi ulundhu Saadham and ellu
Thuvaiyal / Black gram rice and Sesame Chutney

Tholi Ulundhu Sadham is a staple food in the houses of Tirunelveli and Cape districts. This becomes a complete meal when the rice is paired with Ellu Thuvaiyal and Aviyal. This offers nutrition in abundance to the young girls specifically during puberty. Tholi ulundhu is well known for its protein content, iron and folic acid which is essential for strengthening bones and uterus in every woman.
I always use  broken black gram with skin intact while few people use whole black gram and few others use black gram without skin. 

Those who would like to know more about the health benefits of Black gram and this meal, can read Siddha researcher and practitioner Dr. G. Sivaraman's books.

Either Ulundhankali or this meal is a must on saturdays in our home. 
Anything that uses black gram becomes my most favourite. If you would like to try Whole Black Gram Dosai (முழு உளுந்து தோசை), you can click the link.
Let's see how this nutritious meal can be made.

Serves - 3  | Preparation Time : 10 minutes | Cook Time - 30 minutes
Ingredients for Tholi ulundhu Saadham / Karuppu Ulundhu Sadham / Black gram Rice:
Parboiled Rice - 1 cup
Broken Black gram dhall - 1/3 cup
Garlic pearls - 10 - 12
Salt - a generous pinch
Water - 3 cups

Directions to make Tholi ulundhu Saadham / Karuppu Ulundhu Sadham / Black gram Rice:

1. Peel Garlic pearls.
 1 unit of parboiled rice / 1/3 unit of black gram (with skin) n garlic pearls
1. Wash rice and dhall together twice or thrice or till the water runs clear . Add pealed garlic pearls to the washed rice+dhall and add water.

Wash rice and black gram till the water becomes clear. Add sufficient water n garlic pearls.
2. Add salt and pressure cook the rice for three whistles, in a medium flame. Allow the pressure to release by itself and you may find the skin of the dhall collected over the top of the rice.

 Add very little salt and pressure cook it.    Right side image shows rice after cooking.

3. Give that a nice n gently stir so that the skin of the dhall gets mixed with the rice. The rice is ready.
Give a gentle stir to the rice so that the black gram skin gets mixed. 

Ingredients for Ellu Thuvaiyal / Sesame seeds chutney:
Sesame Seeds - 1/4 cup or as required
Red chillies - 2 or as per your taste. I have used long variety chilli
Asoefotida - a pinch
Tamarind - a pinch
Salt - to taste

Directions to make Ellu Thuvaiyal / Sesame seeds Chutney:
1. In medium flame, dry roast sesame seeds till it pops up and the aroma arises.
 Dry roast Sesame seeds, till the seeds pop up and aroma arises.
2. Allow it to cool and dry grind it.
Dry grind roasted Sesame seeds to a powder, first.
3. Roast Red Chillies in a teaspoon or less of sesame oil. Add roasted chillies,  asoefotida, tamarind and salt and grind again.
Roast red chillies with little sesame oil. Grind red chillies, tamarind, asoefotida and salt.
4. Add water little by little till it gets the thick chutney consistency.
 Add water little by little n grind till you get a thick chutney (thuvaiyal) consistency.

Serve Tholi ulundhu saadham with ellu thuvaiyal, Aviyal and appalam. Add sesame oil to the rice, mix it with the Sesame seeds chutney and enjoy.

Tholi ulundhu Saadham / Black gram rice:

* There are variations in cooking this Black gram dhall rice, few people cook the rice along with a handful of shredded coconut.
* Few people may not want to add garlic, they could lessen the number or could try cooking with asoefotida. Asoefotida may help you in getting rid of the intestinal gas. However, I would recommend the use of garlic as the original recipe calls for.
* You can substitute rice with millets too.

Ellu Thuvaiyal / Sesame Seeds Chutney:

* Grind Sesame seeds first to get a fine powder of it. If added with other ingredients, sesame seeds will not be powdered well. * You could add fresh raw coconut for a good yield. At times,  I include coconut to this thuvaiyal.

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Shankari Bagavathi

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." -George Bernard Shaw


  1. Looks amazing.. wanting to try tis combo for a long time now.. exactly as you hv sd black urad dal is so good for health.. lovely pics ..

    1. Thank you Kalps :) I wanted to try pics in phone. First time phone photography for blog:)

  2. It's been in to do list for long that's a nice combo