Neeragaram Recipe | Palaya Sadam Recipe with step-by-step pics and a short Youtube video. If you like my video, please do SUBSCRIBE to my channel ‘Asmallbite’. This is also called ‘Pazham Kanji’ in Malayalam, ‘Pazhaya Sadham’ in Tamil and ‘Pani Waala Chawal’ in the Hindi language. It is nothing but leftover cooked rice from the afternoon lunch, is soaked overnight in water, then the next morning well-fermented rice is slightly mashed and mixed with curd /buttermilk had as such or topped up with chopped shallots, green chili, or Mor Milagai. Usually, farmers and ladies who work in the fields used to have this for breakfast to keep them active and energetic to work under the sun all through the day. Furthermore, it is a very healthy food, a perfect option for breakfast, an excellent source of hydration and electrolytes. Because of the fermentation process, it has the richest source of vitamin B12 which isn’t really available even in common fruits and vegetables. Moreover consuming this rice for breakfast takes away your craving for tea or coffee.
Continue reading for more interesting facts, tips, and FAQ
✔ What is Palaya Sadam?
Actually, rice is cooked in the afternoon and excess water is drained. After the rice cools down to room temperature, it is soaked fully in water and stored in an earthen clay pot. This covered pot with soaked rice is left overnight at regular room temperature.
Health Benefits of this Pazhaya Sadam, listed by American Nutrition Association
- Consuming this as breakfast keeps the body light and also energetic.
- Beneficial bacteria get produced in abundance for the body.
- Stomach ailments disappear when this is consumed in the morning as excessive and harmful heat retained in the body is neutralized.
- As this food is very fibrous, it removes constipation and also dullness in the body.
- Blood pressure is normalized and hypertension subsides appreciably.
- The body feels less tired due to this food as a result of which one feels fresh throughout the day.
- This removes allergy-induced problems and also skin-related ailments.
- It removes all types of ulcers in the body.
- Fresh infections are kept at bay due to consuming this rice.
- It helps in maintaining a youthful and radiant look.
✔ Is fermented rice water good for health?
Fermented rice water is the elixir of youth! It contains phytic acid, a natural byproduct that boosts cell regeneration. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, all of which are essential to anti-aging.
✔ How many calories are in neeragaram?
The energy value of fermented rice is 134 kcals/g. The proven fact is that fermentation results in an increase in crude fiber, protein, and calcium. There was a decrease in fat and carbohydrate value after fermentation which makes the food healthier.
✔ Is fermented rice good for weight loss?
Fermented foods help in reducing inflammation in the body. As inflammation can hinder your weight loss goals, also various studies have proven that unfriendly gut bacteria are associated with obesity. By eating fermented food, you make your gut healthy, which is required for losing weight.
Frequently Asked Questions
✔ Can I use fresh Rice?
No, leftover cooked rice from the afternoon lunch is to be used. But still, if you are using fresh rice, give 2 to 3 hours of resting time and then soak it.
✔ What is the soaking time of the rice?
Ensure to soak the rice overnight or for a minimum time of 8 hours.
✔ Should I discard the water from the rice, the next morning?
Never, discard the water, it helps to cure all types of stomach problems. Also, I have listed the benefits above, do read it.
✔ How this fermented rice is consumed?
It can slightly be mashed with salt and had as such. Yet, to enhance the taste, little curd or buttermilk is added and topped up with shallots, curry leaves, green chili, or even with Vatha Kuzhambu or Mango Thokku.
Neeragaram Recipe | Palaya Sadam Recipe
1 Cup = 250 ML, 1 tsp = 5 ML
- 1 Cup Leftover Rice / பழைய சாதம்
- Water / தண்ணீர் As Needed
- ¼ Cup Curd / Buttermilk / தயிர்
- Salt / உப்பு As Required
- 3 to 4 Shallots / சின்னவெங்காயம்
- 1 Green Chilli / பச்சைமிளகாய்
- 1 Sprig Curry Leaves / கருவேப்பில்லை (Optional)
- Measure 1 cup of leftover cooked rice and transfer it to a vessel. Pour water till the rice is fully covered, that is immersing level. Cover it with a lid and keep it at room temperature overnight.
- The next morning, measure 1/4 cup of curd or buttermilk. Then, chop 2 to 3 shallots finely, 1 green chilli and keep the required salt.
- Open the lid, the fermented rice looks fluffy and soft.
- Do not discard the water. With a masher or your palms mash the rice slightly.
- Now, pour 1/4 cup of curd or buttermilk.
- Add required salt. This is palaya sadham.
Tips for Palaya Sadam Recipe1. Leftover cooked rice is to be used for this Neeragaram Recipe. But still, if you are using fresh rice, give 2 to 3 hours of resting time and then soak it. 2. Ensure to soak the rice in water overnight or for a minimum time of 8 hours. There is no proper proportion for the water quantity. We can add more water too, but ensure the rice is immersed in the water fully. 3. Do not discard the water from the rice the next morning, it helps to cure stomach problems. 4. This Palaya Sadam Recipe is just water and rice. But the addition of buttermilk or curd helps to enhance the taste. 5. Don't add curd or buttermilk more than the mentioned quantity as it will spoil the taste of the rice. 6. Use shallots only for a traditional taste, never use regular/big onion. 7. Even 1 sprig of coriander, curry leaves can be added for an extra flavor. 8. Serve this palaya sadam in mud pots which are natural coolant and gives a cool feeling. 9. This Pazhaya Sadam Recipe can be had with Mormilagai, Avakkai Pickle, or chopped raw mango pieces.
Method for Neeragaram Recipe
1. Measure 1 cup of leftover cooked rice and transfer it to a vessel. Pour water till the rice is fully covered, that is immersing level. Cover it with a lid and keep it at room temperature overnight.
2. The next morning, measure 1/4 cup of curd or buttermilk. Then, chop 2 to 3 shallots finely, 1 green chilli and keep the required salt.
3. Open the lid, the fermented rice looks fluffy and soft.
4. Do not discard the water. With a masher or your palms mash the rice slightly.
5. Now, pour 1/4 cup of curd or buttermilk.
6. Add required salt. This is palaya sadam.
7. Now, add the chopped shallots, green chilli and mix well. Strain the curd/buttermilk and drink it first. Then, enjoy the palaya sadam recipe with Mor milagai or vatha kulambu.
Try this Neeragaram Recipe with Elumichai Oorugai / Lemon Pickle.