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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  1. Hey, awesome puliyodharai. Beautiful click as usual. Even we had the same with vadams but mine was from GS :):)

  2. tamarind rice is my fav, looks yummy

  3. Its one of my favs, next time will try your recipe too...

  4. Looks delicious.....loved the flavour...

  5. Tamarind rice looks delicious Padu.

  6. ahaa what a tempting tamarind rice ...looks awesome mom-in-law is expert on this ..yummy


  7. Wow! Mouthwatering rice. Looks so tangy and yummmmmmm :-)

  8. As open book..this reminds me of chennai..looks tempting padhu.

  9. This takes me to Coimbatore days...We used to get to go mostly everyday..Looks too good padhu

  10. Delicious Looking and great presentation as usual.

  11. Trust me,this is my favorite rice and have done it only with the readymade powder till now..your recipe is a reason for me to try it myself now..

  12. luv tamarind rice but i always make frm mtr tamarind pwd mix but now i know to make frm scratch..thnx dear for sharing this wonderful rice recipe !

  13. yummy...My all time favorite...It looks so tempting...

  14. Tamarind rice looks yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

  15. puliyodarai is my fav one and i love ur version

  16. Hi Padhu,

    nalla puli sadham...


  17. looks superb and with great colour.....n m sure with has great taste

  18. My fav pulisadham, love that vadams..

  19. I can get the soury taste of this rice by reading your post. This looks great.

  20. Thx Padhu for ur lovely comments n now i got to know of ur wonderful space!Love d presentation of d puliogare..Remember my college days when mom used to pack it in our lunch boxes :) Sure to keep droppin in to ur blog..!!

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  22. My fav...looks so wonderful!! lovely recipe!!

  23. This tamarind rice luks gr8...nice presentation.

  24. Delish and yummy. Its perfect and temping. New to your blog and have to go through more of your wonderful homely recipes. Glad to follow you padhu.
    Loving it:-)

  25. lovely tamarind rice... i love the flavor and color of it!

  26. Tamarind rice is one of "the" fav rice, which i can eat all by myself, specially when mum makes them for me....reminds me of her....they look lovely :)

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  28. Thanks a lot. Been trying to get the perfect puliyodarai as my mom's and finally this recipe helped me. It turned out so good that I make it very often now. Btw, I added a little channa dal to the podi too as my mother does. Thanks again.

  29. Hi, 70 gms of tamarind is roughly how much? Around 1 tbsp?

    1. I have shown in the picture itself. Roughly 2 lemon sized balls.

  30. Your blog is a blessing! My kitchen life is a lot easier and enjoyable, thanks to your wonderful recipes. :)

  31. Can I use tamarind paste instead of regular tamarind? If yes, how much of past can I use

  32. Really awesome pulisadham mem I want to prepare one kg rice please give the ratio of the ingredients

    1. Thank you Kamalaveni. 1 cup rice is 250 grams, so 1 kg is 4 cups of rice. You can calculate accordingly.

  33. Hi padhu,
    today I prepared this. Came out really well. The taste resembled the temple puliodharai. My husband praised me a lot.Thank u so much. Ur blog is a cooking dictionary for me.

  34. Wow really nice....i m going to try this for my husband... Hmmmm he really love my cooking.... Thank u yaa

  35. So going to try it.after preparing will say u how it tasted.

  36. Awesome. I made it for the first time and reminded me of my Mom and Mami tks.


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