Hot Mustard Rice

25 May

Ava Annam.

Steamed rice or leftover rice is tempered with urad dal and spices. Mustard seeds are powdered and mixed with tempered rice along other spices. This is a quick and easy rice dish that gives a lot of heat. Ava annam is usually served with big scoops of yogurt aside or with cucumber raita.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Hot Mustard Rice.


Steamed Rice 2 Cups
Mustard Seeds 1 tbsp
Green Chiles 2
Red Chile Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 3
Asafoetida a pinch
Curry Leaves 4
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Grind mustard seeds, red chile powder and salt into fine powder using a spice blender.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order along with green chiles.
When urad dal changes color, stir in rice and remove from heat.
Now stir in ground mustard seeds powder.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary and keep covered for around 10 mintues.
Serve hot mustard seeds rice with any raita or with a glass of buttermilk.
Notes: Make sure not to cook the rice once the mustard seeds powder is added.

Suggestions: If the rice is not spicy enough, add more green chiles or the red chile powder.
Variations: You can also use leftover rice in the same method.
Other Names: Hot Mustard Rice, Ava Annam, Rai Chawal, Ava Pettina Annam.

4 Responses to “Hot Mustard Rice”

  1. Hari Chandana May 25, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Aaah !!.. looks spicy and yummy.. truly delicious.. sounds very flavorful.. Thanks for the awesome recipe.. 🙂

  2. kandula jaya May 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I guess I saw this receipe on MAA TV program today. But any i will try and see how it tastes.

  3. swarna May 26, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    will it taste like avakai pickle rice?

  4. Raji May 26, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    @Hari Chandana thank you for the prompt comments. glad you are like it
    @kandula jaya ya its the same one. mom watched it. give it a try.
    @swarna no. it doesn’t have sourness but heat. try it

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