Varagu Arisi Sambar Sadam | Varadu Sambar Rice | Kodo Millet Sambar Rice

Varagu Arisi Sambar Sadam | Varadu Sambar Rice | Kodo Millet Sambar Rice

Varagu Arisi Sambar Sadam, Varagu Sambar Rice, Kodo Millet Sambar Rice is healthy, gluten-free, vegan sambar rice recipe which we can make in jiffy without much of hassle and it taste delicious. Kodo millet also known as varagu in tamil, kodra in hindi/marathi/punjabi/gujarati, arikelu in telugu, harka in kannda, koovaragu in malayalam, kodo in bengali and kodua in oriya.

Now a days I am so much in kodo, little millets that I make just normal rice like millet and have with any dal, sabzi I make, I finished little millet (saamai) and barnyard millet (kuthiravali) just like that now I am noticing I am posting more of Varagu recipes :) Anyways all the millets are good so we should not think too much about what we are using right? And this recipe we can make with any millet of choice so no worries.


This varagu sambar sadam or sambar rice is really delicious, filling and different from usual millet curry leaves rice, millet peanut rice etc, this also makes great lunch box recipe or we can serve this for lunch or dinner without much worry. And to continue the millet recipe series here is today varagu sambar sadam.  If you looks for healthy or diet recipe then this one is for you.


Kodo millets contain high amounts of polyphenols, an antioxidant compound, they also has high on fibre, low on fat. Kodo millet inhibited glycation and cross-linking of collagen. Kodo millets are good for diabetes, to know more about millets benefits click here.


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Varagu Sambar Sadam | Kodo Sambar Rice Recipe

Gluten-free, vegan, healthy kodo millet sambar rice, perfect for lunch, dinner or lunchbox
Author: Category: Main Course Cuisine: South Indian
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:


  • 1 Cup - Kodo Millet/Varagu Arisi/Kodra    
  • 1/2 Cup - Yellow Moong Dal
  • 2 Cups - Chopped Vegetables 
  • 8 to 10 - Shallots/Pearl Onion
  • 1 - Medium Tomato
  • 3 - Green Chili
  • 1 tbsp - Tamarind,packed
  • 1/4 tsp - Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp - Sambar Powder
  • 2 tbsp - Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 4 Cups - Water
  • To Taste - Salt
  • To Temper/Tadka
  • 1 tbsp - Oil
  • A Pinch - Asafoetida/Hing
  • 1/2 tsp - Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp - Cumin Seeds
  • 7-8 - Curry Leaves


  1. Wash and soak kodo millet/varagu arisi and moong dal separatly for 15 mins or more if you want (you can avoid soaking too). I also prepared fresh sambar powder :) Soak tamarind in 1 cup water for 15 mins and extract juice, keep aside.
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  3. Meanwhile peel shallots/small onions, chop green chili, tomato, beans, cauliflower coriander leaves, peel and chop carrot (You any vegetable of your choice like drumstick, radish, brinjal, broad beans)
  4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker add hing, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow to splutter. Add shallots, green chilies, curry leaves and saute until onion becomes golden brown, for a 1 min in medium flame. Now add all vegetables and saute for 2-3 mins in medium flame with regular stirring.
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  6. Add tomato, sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix well, cook until tomato gets mashed. Add moong dal and fry for 2 mins in slow flame.
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  8. Add tamraind water (I used 1 tsp tamarind paste), kodo millet, water, coriander leaves and mix everything well, adjust salt if required and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
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Serve hot with fryums or pappad. Add little ghee on top if preferred.

  • If you don't have shallots add 1 medium chopped onion.
  • You can make this sambar sadam (rice) with little millet (saamai), barnyard millet (kuthiravali), foxtail millet (thinai) too.
  • I used here carrot, beans, cauliflower, you can any other vegetable of your choice like drumstick, radish, brinjal, broad beans etc

Healthy, gluten-free, vegan and super delicious varagu sambar rice.


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