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Vetrilai Sadam | Betel Leaves Recipe

Betel Leaf is consumed mainly in India in paan. Betel Leaves has an important place in Hindu festivals and ceremonies. Betel leaves has lot of medicinal benefits. Betel leaves are known as Vetrilai in tamil, tamalapaku in telugu and Paan in Hindi.Betel Leaf rice is one of the quick, easy and healthy South Indian variety rice. It is one of a speciality dish of Kongu cuisine. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Betel Leaves Rice - Vetrilai Sadam.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Ready in : 10 mins
Yields: 2 servings

Table 1: To Grind
Betel Leaves 3
Cumin seeds | Seeragam 1 tsp
Black pepper | Milagu 1 tsp

Table 2:
Cooked Rice2 Cups
Sesame Oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Shallots chopped 1/4 Cup
Garlic finely chopped1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt As needed
Lemon Juice1 tbsp


  • Wash Betel leaves. Remove the stalk and tail part. Chop into small pieces. Grind betel leaves along with cumin seeds and black pepper into smooth paste by adding enough water in blender.

  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard and allow it to splutter. Add shallots and garlic. Fry till shallots turn translucent.

  • Add turmeric powder and fry till raw smell goes off. Switch off the stove.Add cooked rice, salt and grind-ed mixture. Also add lemon juice.  Mix well and serve.

Betel Leaves Recipe - Vetrilai Sadam

Adjust pepper to your taste.


  1. This is quite new Nithya,I would love to try,have never heard before too, looks tempting

  2. This rice is in my list since a long, have to get some betel leaves soon.

  3. Betel rice into rice? Wow, I never knew the leaf can be used for cooking. Certainly its impressive and like I always say, more rice for me please.

  4. oh wow..so so curious to have a spoonful of that rice. shud be soo ful of flavours !

  5. healthy, delicious and flavorful rice.

  6. Healthy & flavorful rice.. Yummy look !

  7. i have a few betel leaves that my friend gave me after a pooja, i now know what to do with them!! Thanks for sharing..

  8. This rice is new to me. The color is so mouthwatering. Also love yur detailed description with the pics :)

  9. Looks entirely new item.yesterday got achance to relish in a five star hotel. Thanks for the recipe.will deffinetly try


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