Arisim Paruppu/Rice with Lentil

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Arisim Paruppu

Arisim Paruppu meaning rice and lentil is a very famous rice and lentil dish in the Kongu regions of Tamilnadu. This recipe is from Gowri Aunty~our friends mom who hails from Erode. Thatta payir / red beans is best for this dish although any lentil can be used in combination with rice. Her recipe uses fresh spices for a very aromatic dish to be had with appalam/pappadam, pickle or raitha.

List of ingredients:
  1. 2 cups Rice
  2. 1 cup Thatta Payir/Red beans
  3. ¼ cup finely cut shallots
  4. 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  6. few curry leaves and few red chillies broken into half.
  7. 2 tablespoons oil
  8. 1 teaspoon ghee/clarified butter ( optional)
  9. 2 teaspoons salt
Masala Ingredients:

  1. 1 teaspoon pepper
  2. 4 teaspoon coriander seeds
  3. 2 cloves
  4. 1 small piece cinnamon
  5. ½ teaspoon fennel/sombu
  6. ½ teaspoon khus khus
  1. Roast the masala ingredients in a teaspoon of oil and dry grind to a coarse powder.
  2. Dry roast the Thatta payir/ Red beans in a pan and soak them for two hours. Pressure cook the beans for upto 5 whistles or until cooked.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom vessel or pressure cooker, when hot saute the shallots until light brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute well for another minute. To this add the chopped tomatoes and saute well until oil seperates. Add the cooked beans, rice, ground masala and salt. Do not discard the water from the cooked beans. Adjust water accordingly and cook the rice .
  4. In another kadai/pan season the red chillies and curry leaves. Add to the rice. Add the ghee/ clarified butter and mix well.
Serve hot with Appalam/ papadam, Pickle or Raitha.
Tips: Any lentil can be used for this recipe. The masala can be added after the rice is cooked, I prefer adding with the rice. Finally garnish with Cilantro leaves.


  1. Wow that looks really yummy delcious, beautiful colour.

  2. a big favorite in our parts, this appears atleast once a week as either lunch or dinner.

  3. Rice-lentil combo always works,isn't it?:).A new dish to me..looks delicious:)

  4. Delicious rice cilantro..

  5. Wow this looks delicious! What a great colour..tempting!

  6. yummy rice!! So colorful and mouth-watering :)

  7. Eyecatching colour and a real comfort food, just love it!

  8. What a great picture, really shows off this dish... looks so yummy!

  9. The picture looks awesome. Loved the rice and the bowl.

  10. picture looks amazing and I think that food will be too. Will try soon

  11. Nice click, looks delicious and fulfillling,you can send this to Monthly Mingle:Ravishing Rice

  12. Thank you Parita, I will send it to the event. Thanks again.

  13. A favourite to be enjoyed always.

  14. That looks really colorful..

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  15. Wow! the pic looks amazing. This is my first time at your blog and I plan to make one soon. I'll visit back when I make one.



  16. what a gorgeous picture. Very delectable!!

  17. Yes,wonderful looking! We make similar to this something :)

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  19. Great recipe with thatta payir!

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  21. Wow. I would love this rice dish with Raitha. Bookmarked it, thanks for sharing :)

  22. Actually Arisim Paruppu goes well with simple puli kolambu.In kongunadu, we make a dish called "pacchai puli" which means the puli kolambu which is raw (not cooked).

    Method for preparing this "pacchai puli"
    soak tamirind, squeeze it and add water, chopped shallots, green chillies, curry leaves and salt.

    Simple puli kolambu:

    Soak tamirind, squeeze it and add water. Heat kadai, add mustard seeds, cut shallots, curry leaves and fry it for 3 minutes, add sambar powder and salt. Add squeezed tamirind and allow it to simmer for few minutes and switch off.


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