Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Garlic Rice Recipe - Poondu Sadam | Lunchbox Recipes

Garlic Rice Recipe
Few weeks back, I was badly craving for some spicy variety rice  and this garlic rice was apt for my craving. It is super spicy with the flavour of chilli and garlic, along with the crunch in the fried garlic pieces is the highlight of this recipe. I had few readers asking for leftover rice recipes and here I start with this one....more coming up soon :)
This is quick and easy to make for lunch or even for packing lunchboxes, this is a must try for all garlic lovers :) I had another recipe of garlic rice with mor milagai , but when I saw this I was way too tempted to make it so here goes recipe without any further delays.So sure to post that one in future.
Poondu Sadam

Garlic Rice Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian| Recipe Reference: Kamalas Corner

Cooked Rice - 2 cups
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Garlic - 3 small finely chopped

To roast and grind to a paste:

Garlic - 10 small
Red Chillies - 4(I used Kashmiri Chillies)
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
Channa Dal - 2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp


  1. Heat oil, add chopped garlic fry till golden.Then add urad dal,chana dal and coriander seeds.
    How to make garlic rice - Step1
  2. Roast till it turns golden brown. Cool down and grind it to a coarse mixture.Set aside.Add required salt with cooked rice and spread it to make it fluffy and separate.
    How to make garlic rice - Step2
  3. Heat oil and add the ingredients listed under 'to temper' and fry till garlic turns golden brown. Add the garlic mixture and the tempered items to the rice and mix well until it is coated evenly.
    How to make garlic rice - Step2
Serve hot / warm with vadam or any curry of your choice.
Garlic Rice Recipe

My Notes:

  • I used kashmiri red chillies so used 4 and it was not that spicy.If you are using regular ones use 3 chillies.
  • Roasting garlic till golden brown is a must else you will get raw garlic smell.
  • This rice is little on the spicy side so if you wish you can reduce chillies to 3. You can adjust salt so that the spice level is adjusted.
  • Even though garlic is roasted you will feel the raw garlic flavour after eating for sure so get ready with your mouth freshner :)
  • As there is no coconut, you can make this powder in prior and store it for 2-3 days and use it whenever you want to make this rice.
  • You can make this with leftover rice which will be perfect.
Garlic Rice Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. looks yummm and its south indian style i was expecting chinese style Garlic rice post available in restaurant :-)please post chinese style too sometimes

  2. Perfect and flavorful rice. Love the color vadams , miss that one

  3. Good one with the recipe..

  4. Delicious and colorful rice. Excellent preparation.

  5. Nice & spicy & flavorful...Ideal way to finish off leftover rice!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. Lovely and aromatic rice.. wonderful shots :)

  7. Super flavourful rice, lovely way to finish the leftover rice.

  8. THAT is an awesome recipe Sharmi! Always all of your recipes come in handy when I am thinking what to fix for lunch!! You are doing a great job!

  9. Delicious and easy to make flavorful rice,nice idea to use the leftover rice....

  10. super quick & flavorful rice...liked all your clicks, great!

  11. Love the flaovour of garlic always.Sure its a tongue twister.

  12. Thats a great recipe but definitely cant be a lunch box one!!! Its probably a lazy sunday morning preparation. Looks beautiful!

    (Why doesnt your blog allow wordpress comments??)

  13. Totally new recipe to me..bookmarked it..Like the clicks..

  14. Tried this rice today. .tasted awesome:))) thank you:)

  15. Tried this today.. tasted awesome.. thank you :)))(

  16. Tried this today and came out well. Thanks for the recipe. Do keep these coming

  17. simple and nice tasty recipe for leftover rice .


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