Tamarind rice | Puliyodharai
Tamarind rice/Puliyodharai is a popular South Indian recipe of sour and spiced rice.This tangy rice dish is made with channa and urad dals, infused with the flavor of tamarind pulp. Tamarind rice, where the term 'Puli' means something sour. Tamarind here is the sour ingredient. This is a perfect meal to cook when you want something light, easy, and quick. It is also very popularly offered to gods in Hindu temples and served as a prasadam.
3 cups rice (cooked)
1/2 cup tamarind (made into pulp)
2 dried Kashmiri red chilli (broken)
1/4 cup curry leaves
A pinch of asafoetida/hing
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1 tbsp peanuts
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp gur
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp urad dal
2 tsp chana dal
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp methi/fenugreek seeds
4 dried Kashmiri red chilli
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Ingredients of Tamarind Rice:
For Puliyodharai Masala Powder:
Add pepper, methi seeds, sesame seeds, and coriander seeds. Continue to roast stirring often until methi begins to smell good.
Switch off the stove and cool it completely. Powder this as finely as possible in a blender. Set this aside.
Heat oil and roast peanuts along with mustard seeds, urad dal, and chana dal.
Saute till the dals splutter and are slightly colored.
Now add curry leaves and red chilies. Mix them well.
Add salt, hing, and turmeric powder. Saute them well.
Add gur to the cooked mix and saute well. Now add the tamarind pulp to the mix and saute till it becomes a semi-thick gravy.
Further, add 2-3 tbsp of prepared puliyodharai masala powder.
Continue to cook till the oil separates from the sides.
now add 3 cups of cooked rice and mix gently.
Finally, puliyodharai - temple style is ready to serve.
- To quicken the process, you can soak tamarind in hot water.