This is usually made for Adiperukku (also called Pathinettam peru in Tamil). But, can't wait until adiperukku for making it again, just because it has been our favourite since childhood. I usually make either of the variety as a quick fix for the lunch box. I made this Chitrannam (Variety Rice or Kalavai Sadam) for a special occasion at home few days back. The menu that day was Rava Ladoo, Medhu vada, Lemon Rice, Puliyogare, Coconut Rice and Curd Rice (Bagalabath) with Cabbage-Peas-gobi fry and fried Vadagams. We simply Loved it! Also with minimal ingredients and in less time, here is a wonderful spread !!


Cook rice with the required water, usually 1:2 or 1:2.5 depending on the rice used. I always prefer raw rice or long grain rice for making this chitrannam. Basmati rice??- NO!. The smell of basmati rice dominates the other flavours, i feel. For best result, try cooking rice in an open pan. Spread cooked rice on a plate, apply some oil and mix well. This prevents the grains from sticking together. Let it cool. Divide into equal portions.


  • Lemon juice - from 1 lemon
  • Green chillies - 3 or 4 chopped
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cashews - few
  • Salt - as required
How to make it:

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add channa dal, urad dal and cashews and fry until light brown. Add green chillies and curry leaves. Switch off the flame. Add the asafoetida and turmeric powder. Add this to the cooked rice with salt and lemon juice. Mix well.


  • Coconut - 3/4 cup shredded
  • Moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies - 3 or 4 chopped
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Ginger - small piece shredded
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cashews - few
  • Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
How to make it:

Cook moong dal with enough water until just done. Do not over cook. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters add urad dal and cashews and fry until light brown. Add the ginger, green chillies and curry leaves. Add the cooked moong dal and coconut. Switch off the flame. Add this to the cooked rice along with salt. Mix well.


The paste prepared for making puliyogare can be stored for a long time in the refrigerator. Its always a good idea to make the paste a day before making this chitrannam varieties to save cooking time.

For paste:
  • Tamarind (dark) - 1 big lemon size
  • Dried long red chillies - 4 or 5
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1/3 cup (gingelly/sesame oil is preferred)
  • Jaggery (brown sugar) - 2 tsp powdered
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Peanuts - 1/3 cup roasted
  • Salt - as per taste
For powder:
  • Dried red chillies - 2
  • Corriander seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds - 1 tsp (if preferred)
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
How to make it:

Take pulp out of tamarind. Heat oil in a pan, add red chillies and mustard seeds and when it splutters add ural dal and fry until light brown. Add the tamarind pulp. Once it starts boiling, add the sambar powder, asafoetida powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cook until the raw smell leaves. Add the jaggery, curry leaves and peanuts. Cook until it thickens.
To make the powder, dry roast the above ingredients until light brown. Cool and grind into a powder. Add this powder to the cooked rice and mix well. Let it stand for sometime. Add the paste and mix it thoroughly.


  • Thick curd - 1 cup
  • Milk - 1/4 cup (Luke warm)
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Carrot - 1/4 cup shredded
  • Cucumber - 1/4 cup shredded
  • Ginger - 1 tsp shredded
  • Corrainder leaves - 1 tbsp chopped
  • Mor milagai - 5 or 6 (chillies soaked in spiced up curd and sun-dried)
  • Salt - as required
  • Asafoetida powder - a pinch
How to make it:

Heat oil in a pan, fry mor milagai and keep aside. Mix all the above ingredients (except mustard seeds) with the rice and mix well. Heat little oil, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add it to the prepared curd rice. Mix well.


This is an easy to make curry with a different flavour . This recipe uses sambar powder instead of chilli powder.

  • Cabbage - 1 cup chopped
  • Peas - 1/2 cup
  • Cauliflower florets - 1 1/2 cup
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - as required
How to make it:

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add urad dal and fry until light brown. Add the vegetables and fry for a while. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder and salt and cook covered until vegetables are just done. Sprinkle some water if required to cook the vegetables. Add curry leaves. Mix well.

MEDHU VADA - i have already posted my recipe here. The variation this time is, i added chopped onions in the batter and dropped spoonful of batter into the hot oil instead of making them as regular vadas.

RAVA LADOO - Click here for the recipe i posted earlier.

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50 Responses
  1. Asha Says:

    Great post Anu. I love all the rice dishes, specially Puliyogare is my fave. Delicious looking thali.

    Enjoy your awards and thanks for thinking of me too. Hugs! :)

    Yeah, blogging is all about or should be about friendship and mutual enjoyment and sharing few words each day with a open mind and good heart. Who cares about nastiness, politics and all that which is so unnecessary.

    Enjoy the weekend, see you next week! :)

  2. Superchef Says:

    WOW!! when i saw just the pic..i was wondering, is it time for pathinettam perukku yet? LOL... lovely!! love all those delicious rice varieties..and congrats on the awards!!

  3. What a lovely treat! Congratulations for the awards!

  4. Cham Says:

    Hmm love the variety rices Anu! Great Thali, enjoy ur awards!

  5. Ashwini Says:

    Lovely spread..Love all the rice..All looks so yumm..Congrats on the awards..

  6. Uma Says:

    mmm. what a menu! looks so mouth-watering! Wish I was at the party, sigh! :) Congrats on the well deserved awards.

  7. pooja Says:

    Lovely spread anu..Congrats on your awards....

  8. Priya Sriram Says:

    Nice collection of recipes Anu! Appreciate your patience to cook so many varieties at a time and blog! Great work!

  9. A_and_N Says:

    Wow thats a lot of hard work! The whole platter looks so appetizing :) Traditional south Indian food rocks!

  10. SK Says:


    Looks yummy and nice....!! shud try out sometime....!!!

  11. Varunavi Says:

    Lovely anu and thanx for including me in ur 8 friends list, i am honoured.
    Now coming to the post, how can u make so many dishes in a single day.I appreciate ur patience.I love curd rice in that, i add grated carrot in that.Once again thank q u have made my day

  12. Anu, i love each and every one in that plate..Am really tempted ma..Mouthwatering..

  13. DEESHA Says:

    such lovely varieties in rice .. loved all of them Anu

  14. Chitra Says:

    ooooo,iam drooling over here,its a fantastic post,so many recipes in one plate,really inviting !! od visit my blog at ur free time:)thanks in advance!

  15. Happy cook Says:

    Wow that is a whole variety of rice and they all look egually delicious.

  16. Madhumathi Says:

    The platter looks delicious..Wanna dig into each bowl :)Congrats on your awards !!

  17. Ramya Bala Says:

    adei...first of all surprise...enaku award...hehheee..thank u so much...

    and indha week i was thinking of postg kalavai sadam post sometime and u have started temptg me too much...lovely post ANU....

  18. Priya Says:

    Great platter Anu...lovely rice dishes together..can have them daily!!

  19. ooo my...very tempting thaali. kalandha sadham is a great option to have once in while when we r bored of usual sambar or rasam. looks great anu.

  20. Everything looks so lovely Asha, like you said even I cannot wait to have an lovely kalavai sadam like this only on Adiperuku....

  21. Sujatha Says:

    thats a great thali! I feel like celebrating adi perukku now itself :)

  22. Jaishree Says:

    Lovely spread.Love variety rices Anu! congrats on your award:)

  23. lovely treat dear...enjoy ur awards...still have some more gifts for u..please do collect it...

  24. Vibaas Says:

    i love chitranna and now you have me so tempted :)

    congrats on your award and thx so much for thinking of me dear!

  25. Kalakara Anu... looks really yummy & awesome...thxs for the awards..

  26. vidhas Says:

    I love this rices. With avial it will taste yummy. Nice presentation. Thank you so much Anu for including m,e in your friends list. I am honoured.

  27. Priti Says:

    Wow that's yummy plate....looks so delicious and yum....sometime simple things bring so much pleasure isn't it....lovely pic too....Congrats on your award

  28. Laavanya Says:

    what a delightful looking meal that is and very tasty too :)

  29. Anu Says:

    Delicious Spread here. Kudos for your meticulous work. I remember chitra purnami!!! My mom prepares all these for the dinner :)Thanks for sharing.

    I have added ur site to my blogroll. Do link me back if you like mine :)

  30. meeso Says:

    Wow, fist let me say... those rices all look amazing, needless to say... I have to bookmark this post! Next, congratulations on your awards, and thank you for sharing the friendship award with me :)

  31. meeso Says:

    Wow, fist let me say... those rices all look amazing, needless to say... I have to bookmark this post! Next, congratulations on your awards, and thank you for sharing the friendship award with me :)

  32. Uj Says:

    My fav recipes. I loved mixed rices.. Enjoy your awards dear..

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  34. Usha Says:

    Wow what a spread, everything looks delicious ! Congrats on all your awards :-)

  35. n33ma Says:

    You have a small rice mela going on here!everything looks good!

  36. Archy Says:

    Hey, so many variety of rice on a single thali .. wonderful thali !!
    Congrats on ur award !! Enjoy Anu!!

  37. Madhavi Says:

    Delicious spread and congratulations for ur awards!!!

  38. First time here. The variety of rices looks very delicious. I am a huge fan of tamarind rice. Have to try your version.

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  40. Dershana Says:

    Hi dear, love your platter of mixed rice varieties! there was a restaurant in TN, that served a platter like this when one ordered mini thali for lunch.

  41. miss v Says:

    the cabbage peas gobi fry looks awesome. this was a really great post!

  42. Vishali Says:

    wow what a nice collection of Rice Anu....i love yogurt rice ....come summer its the one I try to make almost everyday..:)...Good one and Congrats on the awards !!


  43. Premyscakes Says:

    what a tempting spread u have given. mouth watering.

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  45. Vibaas Says:

    Have something for you, dear ->

  46. Love all the rice varieties, and congrats on the award anu. First time here, u have very nice space :)

  47. Great post..I am more than hungry now..leme run to kitchen..:D

  48. Asha Says:

    Oh, thanks sweetie, I didn't see these before. Enjoy your's and thanks for mine too. Hugs! :))

  49. Meera Says:

    Delicious spread!!

  50. AnuSriram Says:

    Thank you all for your lovely comments!