Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tamarind rice-How to make Tamarind rice-Puliogare- Puliyodharai -Puliyodarai -Pulikkachal

Tamarind rice is a popular dish of South India.This is a traditional South Indian Tamil Brahmin recipe. This is a fool proof recipe which even beginners can try with confidence. Let us learn how to make this South Indian style tamarind rice or puli sadam/ Puliyodharai following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Tamarind rice-puliyodharai

Puliyodharai-Tamarind Rice

Puliyodharai-Tamarind Rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Recipe CategoryVariety Rice
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian (Tamil Iyengar)

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Rice -1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cup
   Tamarind - 70 grams
   Sesame seed Oil - 50 ml

   Spice powder or Podi

   Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
   White sesame seeds - 1 tsp
   Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
   Red chillies - 5

   For the seasoning

   Mustard - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 4 tsp
   Channa dal /Bengal gram - 4 tsp
   Red chillies - 4 (break it into 2)
   Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
   Roasted peanuts- 100 grams
   Curry leaves - little

   For the rice (for mixing)

   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Sesame seed oil-2 tsp


Dry roast fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies until you get a nice aroma. Dry roast sesame seeds separately and powder everything together. Our spice powder for puliyodharai is ready. Keep it aside.

spice powder for puliyodharai

Cook rice in such a way that each grains are separate.

Soak tamarind in hot water (around 2 cups) and extract 2 cups of thick juice from it. Discard the pulp.

Ingredients needed for tamarind rice/puliyodharai


Heat oil and add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning. You can remove red chilli and then add back to the oil to prevent it from getting burnt.

When dal turns golden brown, add the thick tamarind extract, salt and let it boil on medium flame.

how to make tamarind rice

Switch off when it thickens and oil oozes out.

Now the tamarind paste or pulikachal (see Picture below) is ready. Let us see how to mix it with rice.

Tamarind paste-pulikachalTamarind paste

For mixing the rice

Spread the rice on a plate to cool. When it is warm, add 2 tsp sesame seed oil and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and mix it gently without breaking the rice.

Once it cools, add needed spice powder, tamarind paste and mix the rice gently. Adjust spice powder and tamarind paste according to your taste.

Delicious Tamarind rice or Puliyodarai is ready to be served. We enjoyed Puliyodarai with vadams and appalam.

puliyodharai-puli sadam

Note -

You can add less or more spice powder according to how hot you want the rice to be.

Similarly, you can add less or more tamarind paste according to how sour you want the rice to be. Adjust as per your preferences.

You can store the paste in the refrigerator for 7-10 days and use it when required.


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