Diwali Recipes

Samba sadham / samba rice

Written by: Shanthi Muthuvel

Samba sadham or samba rice is a flavourful rice dish prepared with freshly ground milagu seeraga podi / pepper cumin powder. Samba rice is offered as a prasadham in few anjaneyar temples. It is a traditional recipe, which is very simple and easy to make.

Samba sadham



      • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp - Ghee
      • 1/4 tsp - Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp - Split black gram / ulunthu
      • 1 or 2 nos - Green chillies (chopped)(or use as needed)
      • 10 nos - Cashew nuts
      • 5 or 6 nos - Fresh curry leaves

Samba sadham process

Preparation method:

  1. Wash and soak rice for 30 mins. Pressure cook rice (if using raw rice 1:2 ratio and if using boiled rice 1:2 1/2) for 3 to 4 whistles or until well cooked. Spread the rice in a wide plate and allow them to cool completely.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, season with items given in the list for seasonings. Add cooked rice, milagu seeraga podi / pepper cumin powder and required salt, mix well and switch off the stove. Samba sadham is ready to serve.

Samba sadham


  • I used boiled rice for this recipe. But you can use raw rice or basmati rice. Do not mash the rice.
  • Increase or decrease number of green chillies as per your spice level.
  • I have already posted how to make milagu seeraga podi in large quantity.
  • To prepare this milagu seeraga powder for one time use, take 1 tsp of peppercorns, cumin seeds and roast them separately then ground it to a coarse powder along with pinch of asafoetida.

Samba sadham


  1. so tasty and simple rice.. very flavourful too

  2. Awesome....simply awesome...

  3. Samba rice is the most flavorful one, unfortunately I never get those here... Shanthi, ennaku konjam prasadham pls!

  4. Very flavourful and delicious one pot meal, my kind of food.


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