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Milagu (Black Pepper) Rice

Milagu rice, also known as pepper rice, is a South Indian dish that is made by cooking rice with black peppercorns and other spices. It is a simple and flavorful dish that is often enjoyed as a main course or as a side dish. The rice is typically cooked with ghee or oil, along with mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, and black peppercorns. The spices add a spicy and aromatic flavor to the rice. Milagu rice is often served with raita or yogurt for a complete meal.

Milagu (Black Pepper) Rice

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: RiceCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Discover the delicious flavors of Milagu rice, a South Indian dish made with black peppercorns and aromatic spices. Perfect as a main or side dish!


  • Rice – 1 cup

  • Black Pepper – 1 tablespoon

  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Coconut Gratings – 1 tablespoon

  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Cashew Nuts – 10

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Cook the rice until it is soft, but not mushy.
  • In a kadai, heat one teaspoon of oil and fry the bengal gram dal and urad dal until they are light brown. Transfer them to a plate and set aside.
  • In the same kadai, add the coconut gratings and fry them for a few minutes. Transfer them to another plate and let them cool down.
  • Combine the coconut and the fried dals in a blender and grind them to a fine powder. Coarsely crush the pepper.
  • In another kadai, melt the ghee and fry the cashew nuts until they are golden. Add the pepper powder and fry for just a second.
  • Add the cooked rice, the ground dal and coconut powder, and salt to the kadai. Gently toss everything together over low heat.
  • Serve with papad and enjoy!
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