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Pepper Rice Recipe | Milagu Sadam | Milagu Jeeraga Sadam
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Pepper Rice Recipe | Milagu Sadham | Milagu Jeeraga Sadam

Pepper Rice is one of the very simple and yummy rice made using freshly ground black pepper. This can be made using left over rice or fresh rice. Easy of digestion, good for health and tasty too. With minimum available ingredients at home, we can make this rice in jiffy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Rice Varieties
Cuisine: Andhara, Indian, South Indian, Tamil Brahmin, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


  • 1 cup Cooked Rice 1 cup = 250 ml
  • ½ tbsp Peppercorns whole black
  • ½ tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tsp Cashews
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds


  • Heat a pan and add the peppercorns and the curry leaves. Dry roast them for a minute before adding the sesame seeds. Sesame seeds will take only less time for sputter. So we are going to add it after roasting pepper corns for a minute. 
  • Add the sesame seeds and roast them till they are nicely brown. Switch off the flame and add them to a mixer jar. Allow the dry roasted ingredients to completely cool off before grinding
  • Grind the dry roasted ingredients to a coarse powder. Tiny bits and pieces of pepper are nice to bite with rice, that’s why we grind them coarsely. Keep this ground spice powder aside.
  • Spread the cooked rice on a broad plate to cool it so that the rice would be fluffy and not mushy when we mix it later 


  • Heat a teaspoon of ghee and add broken cashews and fry them till they are light brown in color. Take them aside in a bowl.
  • Then again add 2 teaspoon of ghee to the pan and mustard seeds
  • When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add cumin seeds and then finally add broken curry leaves and saute them all for 10 seconds. Switch off the flame. 

Mixing the mixture with Rice

  • Add the cooked rice to the tempering in pan and gently mix with a wooden spatula. Then add the ground spice powder little by little and give a good and gentle mix.
  • Finally add salt and toss them all well so that salt and spice powder are nicely incorporated with the rice and tempering. 
  • Add the roasted cashews and give a final mix. 
  • The irresistibly aromatic Pepper rice is now ready!!! Serve the pepper rice with your favorite crisp or stir-fry vegetable and enjoy your meal



  1. Gingelly Oil is preferable for making this rice
  2. Use freshly ground pepper powder for good flavor and taste 
  3. You can use any rice variety to make this rice, though i prefer basmati rice. 
  4. Grated Carrot, green peas can also be added optionally to get 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5.5g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 0.8g | Vitamin A: 7.6IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 1.3mg | Iron: 5mg