Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Uddina Anna / Urad Dal Rice

After posting back to backs posts on drinks like Falooda, Orange Glow, Watermelon Mint Cooler and Kid Sangria, I am back again with a rice recipe.Uddina Anna (in Kannada) or  Urad Dal Rice is a simple yet very flavorful rice dish. Rice is aromatically flavored with a spice mix prepared by grinding roasted urad dal (black gram lentils), curry leaves, black peppercorns and dry desiccated coconut  into a fine powder.Its a one pot meal and makes a great lunch box option too. Best part is you can use the left over rice to prepare this dish.

I came across this recipe in my dear friend Anupama's blog "Easybites Online". Her blog is filled with such delicious and healthy recipes. Uddina Anna / Urad Dal is such a great meal option especially for the days when you are running late or are super busy. rather than ordering a take out , you can prepare this tasty rice in no time. I have prepared this rice so many times now and loved it each time.

So lets get to the recipe right away..

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • Urad dal / Black Gram : 2 tbsp
  • Black peppercorns : 1/2 tbsp
  • Dry desiccated coconut powder : 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves / Kadi patta : 8-10 +a few for the tempering
  • Coconut oil : 1 tbsp (Coconut oil gives very nice taste but you may use vegetable oil or canola oil instead)
  • Cooked and cooled  rice : 3 cups (I used basmati rice)
  • Mustard seeds /Rai seeds : 1 tsp
  • Dry red chillies : 2 
  • Salt as per taste
  • Peanuts : 2 tbsp
  • Dry roast Urad Dal / Black Gram, black peppercorns and curry leaves. Once the urad dal slightly changes color, set it aside. Also , dry roast the dry dessicated coconut separately.

  • Once cooled, grind the roasted urad dal, blackpeppercorns, curry leaves and dry dessicated coconut into a fine powder.Set it aside.

  • Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. When hot, add the mustard seeds, a few curry leaves,dry red chillies and peanuts. Keep stirring until the peanuts change color.

  • Add the powdered spice mix. Mix well.
  • Now add the cooked and cooled rice. Add salt and mix gently.

  • Serve hot with raita of your choice or any gravy based dishes.

  • Its important to used cool the cook rice before using it. Using warm rice will make it mushy.
  • I have used coconut oil for the tempering but you can very well use vegetable oil or canola oil.

Happy Cooking!!!


  1. This is one brilliant recipe from Anu's treasure trove and your pictures are again reiterating what a delicious and fulfilling dish this is. Looks absolutely Yummmy.

  2. lovely rice variation that I have never tried...healthy recipe share dear

  3. I love making variety rice. This recipe is in my to do list. Great share.

  4. Quick, healthy and scrumptious one pot meal...lovely share dear :)

  5. I am so so pleased you tried the recipe and loved it! It comes together so quickly and is flavorsome. Beautifully prepared and presented!

  6. Interesting, healthy rice dish. sure to try.

  7. wow yum yum Uddina Anna. I am loving it...

  8. Truly remember this. Mum made and I ate loads of it. Nice memory looking at this rice dish, simply the best.

  9. Lovely dish Shubha and Anu, looks awesome

  10. Urad dal rice looks fantastic, Shubha. Looks beautiful and delish! :)

  11. How can I say no this rice dish? Impossible.