Tamarind Rice

Puliyodarai, a traditional rice dish, stays good & tastes divine even if it is kept without being refrigerated for 3 or 4 days.  I heard that my grand mother along with her younger children used to travel in a cart to a nearby town for their Diwali shopping; she preferred to carry tamarind rice & curd rice for all her trips. In those days people traveled in carts with their family for attending weddings, festivals, etc.

IMG_0426 Here is my simplified recipe for puliyodharai without compromising the quality & taste:

Time taken: 15 min

Yield: This pulikachal (tamarind masala) can be used to mix the rice required for 5 or 6 people. If you are not using them all at once, you can refrigerate the remaining for later use.

Ingredients:

  1. Tamarind (puli) – lemon sized
  2. Salt – 1 tsp
  3. Cane jaggery – ¼ tsp
  4. Sesame oil (nallennai) – 1 tsp

IMG_0317For Masala:

  1. Sesame oil – 1 tsp
  2. Red chillies – 10 Nos.
  3. Coriander seeds (malli vidhai) – 1 tbsp
  4. Split blackgram (de-skinned) –  1 tsp
  5. Asafoetida – a small block

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For Tempering:

  1. Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  3. Bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) – ¼ tsp
  4. Roasted peanuts (varutha kadalai) – 25 Nos.
  5. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  6. Red chillies – 2 Nos.
  7. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

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Cooking Method:

  • Soak tamarind in hot water (or microwave for a minute) and keep aside.IMG_0320
  • Heat a pan with oil in medium flame.
  • Roast an asafoetida block, coriander seeds and black gram & red chillies separately (as shown below) in a teaspoon of oil.
  • Grind these roasted spices into a powder using mixer-grinder.
  • Remove seeds or fibers in the soaked tamarind and add to the spice powder and grind into a fine paste.
  • Heat the same pan with oil in medium flame, add mustard, Bengal gram, peanuts, red chillies, & curry leaves and fry for 30 sec.
  • Add turmeric powder & ground masala and saute till oil gets separated (about 5 min).
  • Add salt & jaggery, mix well and remove from heat.
  • Add cooked rice into the tamarind masala and mix well.
  • Finally add a teaspoon of sesame oil to enhance the flavor & texture of tamarind rice.
  • Puliyodharai is ready to serve.
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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! I would love to try this rice! Would you recommend it for lunch or for dinner?

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for stopping by! We take this usually for lunch!

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  2. danielle says:

    Hi Megala, this sounds so tasty. Can you also put up a recipe for the mango rice, I am very excited to try that 😀

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    1. Megala says:

      Hi, thanks a lot for dropping by! For mango rice recipe you can check out the slideshow published here: https://megalaskitchen.com/2017/08/04/aadi-perukku/

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  3. annika says:

    Love tamarind anything and this rice looks really good!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a ton ! 🙂

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  4. My favorite 😋 nice recipe 🙂🙂

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  5. Dahlia says:

    I just love tamarind rice – craving for some right now!

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  6. Malini says:

    Aww. Drooling here. Pic says everything Megala 🙂

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  7. I can never have enough of this !! Lovely & hope you had gr8 celebrations at home for Aadi 18

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, same for me too! 🙂 Thanks!

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  8. I love tamarind rice, lovely recipe

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  9. Sneha Modi says:

    I used to eat this a lot while I was in Chennai. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Awesome…I love this..next time will make with your recipe..☺

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    1. Megala says:

      Nice to know that! Thanks!!

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  11. Looks delicious 😍😋

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  12. This sounds much more tastier than ready masala powder. Thanks for sharing a simplified tasty version.

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    1. Megala says:

      Sure, it is! Thanks!

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  13. such a mouth watering dish, I wish somebody would make it for me. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Megala says:

      🙂 Thank you!

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  14. Kurian says:

    I know this one
    Your Pictorial illustrations are amazing.
    Love it Megala.❤️

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  15. Rekha says:

    My all time favourite 😀😀 puliogare and curd 😀

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, we all like it! Thanks!

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  16. SavouriesbyS says:

    This looks so good! I’m def trying this

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  17. I really like how you take the photos and give content before writing the recipe. The rice looks really tasty and full of flavour.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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  18. I made this today. And just now had my lunch. Such a wonderful traditional recipe.

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is! Thanks a lot!

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