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Instant Tamarind Rice

Instant Tamarind Rice-Instant Pulikachal-Puli Sadam in 5 minutes

Instant Tamarind rice is a quick and simple version of the Traditional Puliyodharai. It takes just 5-6 minutes to make this pulikachal. If you have cooked rice ready, you can make tamarind rice in a jiffy.

Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Instant Puliyodharai, Instant Tamarind Rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2


Ingredients needed for Instant Tamarind Rice

  • Cooked Rice as needed
  • 1 tsp Sesame seed oil For Rice

For Grinding

  • 30 gms Tamarind ( 30 grams or a small lemon sized ball)
  • 4 Red Chilli
  • 1 tsp Rock Salt ( 1 heaped tsp or as needed)

Roast and Powder 

  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander seeds

For Seasoning

  • 50 ml Gingelly Oil (nellennai)
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp Roasted Peanuts


How to make Instant Tamarind Rice

  1. Soak tamarind, red chillies, salt in very less hot water for 15-20 minutes.

  2. After 20 minutes, grind the tamarind, red chillies, salt to a fine paste. The paste is ready.

  3. Dry roast 1 tsp coriander seeds and 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds together until you get a nice aroma. Remove from pan.

  4. In the same pan, dry roast sesame seeds until it splutters. Now powder all the three together.  Keep this spice powder aside.

Cooking Rice

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

  2. Add 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, a tsp of sesame seed oil to the rice and spread it on a plate. Let it cool completely.


  1. Heat 1/4 cup of sesame seed oil (nallennai), add a tsp of mustard seeds, asafoetida, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and curry leaves.

  2. When mustard seeds splutters, add the roasted peanuts and saute for a few seconds.

  3. Pour the seasoning on the tamarind paste.

  4. Add the prepared powder to it and mix well. Pulikachal is ready.

  5. Now add needed paste to the rice and mix well.

  6. Our tamarind rice is ready. Enjoy with appalams or papads or paruppu vadai.

Recipe Notes

You can use leftover rice also but for best results, prepare it with freshly cooked rice.