April 11, 2016

Sambha Sadham (Pepper Jeera Rice)

Sambha Sadham is an age old traditional recipe of Tamil Nadu, which is also offered as Prasad in Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. It  is a simple, healthy and delicious rice. Recently I visited a marriage and surprised to see that this sambha rice was served along with Kathirikkai Gothsu for the dinner along with other items. I saw many of them asking the name of the recipe to the Servers since they are hearing the name of the recipe for the first time and they were eager to know the recipe for that. Our Grandma recipes are getting life back and happy to see that....

Pre time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Serves: 3

Ingredients for making Sambha Sadham (Pepper Jeera Rice):

Cooked rice 1 bowl (required to serve 3 persons)
Pepper corns 2 tea spoons
Cumin seeds 1 and 1/2 tea spoons
Red chilli 1
Asafoetide powder 1/2 tea spoon
Raosted peanuts few
Cashews few
Curry leaves
Ghee and Oil 1 tb spoon each (Vegans use oil 2 tb spoons )

How to make Sambha Sadham (Pepper Jeera Rice)?

In a pan dry roast pepper till it starts to splutter out.
Immediately switch off and add cumin and red chilli.
Stir for few seconds and transfer to the blender.
Powder it coarsely and keep aside.
Heat a broad pan now with oil and ghee.

Add cashews, curry leaves, peanuts and asafoetida powder and stir till cashews become golden colour.
Now add the pepper jeera powder and required salt. Mix well.
Transfer the boiled rice to the pan and mix gently.
Close the pan with a lid and keep the flame to minimum.
Let them get blended well in low flame for 3 to 5 minutes.
Switch off the stove.
Serve hot with Kathirikkai Gothsu.


  1. side dish looks delicious; what is it: pachchadi or gojju?

  2. Tried it out. It's sooooooo good! Great recipe!