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How to make Thengai Sadam

Learn how to make Thengai Sadam with this easy to make recipe. Thengai Sadam is a popular South Indian Mixed Rice variety that is easy and very delicious rice dish to make.

We make Coconut rice in a couple of ways, all using freshly grated coconut. Variations would be in using other lentils, spices etc. We love Thengai Sadam and have a favorite way of making it. Then there is always a variation to the Coconut Rice that comes, in this recipe I have added chana dal to the rice.

Today’s simple lunch Thali features Thengai Sadam along with other dishes like Chow Chow Mor Kuzhambu, Kasara Kaya Vepudu, Pesalu Payasam and Gobi Pakoda. We always make Mor kuzhambu with Okra along with Coconut Rice. This time we made with different vegetable.

Kasara Kaya is a typical vegetable that looks like small bitter gourd. More on the post where I have shared how I was introduced to this by Athamma. They all love this stir fry. Amma also wanted to make a new payasam and hence made with whole moong. Overall it was a delicious meal.

Thengai Sadam is the featured recipe from today’s thali. On SYL, it is yet another simple meal.

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Thengai Sadam Thali

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How to make Thengai Sadam

Thengai Sadam is a typical South Indian mixed rice variety made with freshly grated coconut. This is an easy recipe to follow.
Course Lunch Box, Main Dish - Rice
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Lunch Box Recipes, Lunch Recipes
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Everyday Meal
By Diet Vegan
Dish Type Combo Dishes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup Rice cooked
  • Salt to Taste

For the Paste

  • 2 tbsp Coconut fresh
  • 2 no Green Chilies

For the Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • Handful Curry Leaves
  • 2 nos Green Chilies slit
  • 1 no Dry Red Chili
  • 1 inch Ginger chopped
  • 2 tsp Chana Dal / Bengal Gram dal
  • 2 tsp Peanut Roasted
  • 10 nos Cashew Nut
  • 1 cup Coconut fresh grated
  • A Pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 tsp Cooking Oil


  • Cook the raw rice and let it cool by spreading in a big bowl.
  • Grind the coconut and green chilies coarsely and keep it aside.
  • Wash and soak the chana dal and urad dal for an hour, drain and keep it ready when you make the rice.
  • Heat a nonstick pan with oil. When the oil is hot, add all the seasoning ingredient listed one by one, including the soaked chana dal and urad dal.
  • Now add the coarsly ground coconut and green chilies and saute well till gets good.
  • Finally add the coconut and continue cooking.
  • When the ingredients are all cooked, add the cooked rice and toss well.
  • Simmer for 5 mins.
  • Serve with side dish of your choice.


We have always used Sona Masuri or Poni Arisi for making this rice. Basmati Rice is not used for making this mixed rice variety.
Cooking the rice with 1:2 ratio should give you the perfect texture as rice grains has to be separate and not mushy.

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Everyday Simple Thali - Thengai Sadam

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Thengai Sadam
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Pesalu Payasam
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