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by admin on September 16th, 2010

Puliyodharai / Tamarind rice recipe

Puliyodharai or Tamarind rice is a great rice dish that keeps well for a few days, can be made ahead (usually eaten at room temperature) and taste divine! It is made by preparing Pulikachal (tamarind based sauce) and then mixing with cooked rice as and when you need. The fresh ground spices added to it gives it a lovely aroma!

To make puliyodharai / tamarind rice we first have to prepare pulikachal (tamarind based sauce). This sauce can be prepared earlier and can be stored. Pulikachal (tamarind sauce) can stay fresh in the room temperature for a week and can be refrigerated upto a month and can be very handy.


Tamarind – 1 big lemon size

Oil – 3 tablespoons

Salt – to taste

For dry roast

Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoons (can be black or white sesame seeds)

For frying

Coriander seeds – 1 tablespoon

Red chillies – 6

Channa dhal – 1/2 tablespoon

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

For seasoning

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Channadhal – 1 tablespoon

Peanuts – 20

Curry leaves – few

Asafoedita – a pinch


Take a kadai and dry roast sesame seeds and keep it aside.

Pour 1/4 tablespoon oil in a kadai, once heated add coriander seeds, channa dhal, red chillies and fenugreek seeds and fry until golden brown.

Grind the above fried ingredients into powder (without adding water). Now add roasted sesame seeds and grind again to fine powder.

Soak tamarind for 10 minutes in hot water. Remove seeds from the tamarind and grind it into paste. Add salt, turmeric powder and the above grounded powder, mix well and keep aside.

Take a heavy bottomed vessel, pour 1 tablespoon oil and keep on heat. Add red chillies, once it has turned brown, add mustard seeds, channa dhal, peanuts, curry leaves and asofeotida.

Now add the tamarind mixture to the above seasoning and cook for 10 minutes. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil to it and remove from heat.

The tasty pulikachal / tamarind sauce is ready.

Cook  rice and cool it by spreading the rice in a plate or a wide vessel. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil on the rice and then add the required pulikachal (tamarind sauce) and salt to the rice according to your taste and mix gently,without smashing or breaking the rice.

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