Poongar Arisi Idiyappam Recipe

Poongar Arisi Idiyappam Recipe:

Poongar rice is a red rice variety which is again an ancient rice variety which is also called Women Rice because of the umpteen benefits it gives to women’s health. I have already posted a sweet dumplings recipe and idly recipe with poongar rice. Today we are here with poongar arisi idiyappam recipe.

Poongar Arisi Idiyappam Recipe

Serves 3


  • Poongar Arisi-1 cup
  • Grated Coconut-1/4 cup
  • Salt-A pinch
  • Water-3/4 cup
  • Ghee/Oil-1/2 tsp
Poongar Arisi Idiyappam Recipe


1.Soak the poongar rice overnight or 6 hours after thorough rinsing.

2.Drain the excess water after the soaking time and add coconut to a mixer along with the rice and salt.

Poongar Arisi Idiyappam


  1. Grind into a smooth paste by adding water. In a thick bottomed pan add ghee and pour the batter. Stir until the entire batter turns into a non-sticky mass. Use the idiyappam press and make them on a greased steamer plate.

Poongar arisi

3.Steam for 10 minutes. Repeat the same for the remaining dough too.

Poongar Arisi Idiyappam

  1. Serve them with stew or coconut milk Poongar rice



What is Poongar Rice?

We(India & TamilNadu ) had lakhs of rice varieties long ago of which we don’t even have a few 1000 variants now. Rice is great for your health if you choose the right rice variant, eat the right amount and live an active life. We have lost all our indigenous rice variants and moved to the polished white rice and have invited all lifestyle diseases to our doorstep. The best alternate is moving to millets and traditional rice variants as much as possible. Poongar is a traditional red rice variety from TamilNadu. The crop can withstand floods and also doesn’t need much water.

Health benefits of Poongar Rice:
  • Rich in iron, magnesium and zinc.
  • Called as women’s rice as it solves all hormonal issues.
  • Best suited for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
  • The fermented porridge/starch water is rich in B12.
  • Strengthens the body and helps in curing celiac disease.
  • Best suited for diabetic people
  • Helps in lowering cholesterol and preventing heart diseases
  • Increase haemoglobin and boosts immunity.

Maybe, our generation wouldn’t have become victims of PCOS, infertility, diabetes if we hadn’t skipped using these rice variants. I am not a professional or expert. But the more I read about them I can very well relate to “Unave Marunthu/ Food is Medicine”

Poongar arisi recipe

How to Cook Poongar Rice?

My sister in law made a sweet dumpling with this and it was heavenly in taste and extremely soft even after hours. That is how I got attracted to this variant. You can soak for 3-4 hours and make idly, dosa, kozhukkkatai, idiyappam and open cook like normal rice. The best and most recommended recipe from ancient times is porridge/kanji.

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How to store these rice varieties?

These indigenous rice varieties don’t need fertilizers or chemicals to grow. So you have to store carefully to avoid any bugs. You can buy two or three varieties every month in minimal quantity and try. Prefer using red chillies and vasambu or bay leaves inside open packets. If you buy in large quantities please freeze them and used dried neem leaves in the container.

These rice varieties are costly. Are they worth it?

This is a very common question to me every time I post a traditional rice recipe. With the refined/processed / Genetically modified foods we have invited and open to doors to all chronic lifestyle diseases to our generation. If we would want to reverse this and live healthy as long as we live we ought to make this switch of bidding bye to unhealthy whites and embracing these forgotten traditional rice varieties. A friend said to me this, ” Kalyani I am happy to invest in these traditional rice varieties rather than spending lakhs to recover from these lifestyle diseases”. I give the same as the answer. I see this cost and all my efforts as an investment to good health for me and my future generation. The call is yours, my dear reader.


You can offer this to babies above 6 months skipping salt after eliminating allergies of individual ingredients and family history of allergies.

Always have a word with your doctor before starting a new food for your baby.

You have to be careful in adding water to the batter.

Continuous stirring is very important.

You can use any type of red rice or traditional rice in the recipe.

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I am not a qualified doctor/nutritionist/medical practitioner. The information is not equivalent to medical expert advice. The information is based on the reading and research I do out of my interest and passion to share the benefits of healthy cooking. Thank you

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