Monday, January 27, 2014

Pulihora | Puliyodhara | Chitranna | Tamarind Rice


Pulihora, a tangy flavored dish is a very well known dish in south indian states. Though it has different names based on a state, but the preparation remains almost same with little changes.The main ingredient of this dish is tamarind pulp & the seasoning we add enhances the flavor of it. This is a festive dish & is offered to god as prasad. It is also believed that offering this dish to lord vishnu is very auspicious.


4Cups cooked rice
Pulihora mix 
2/3Cup thick tamarind pulp
2Green chili's
1Tbs methi powder
1Tsp turmeric
Salt for taste 
1Tsp sugar
1/4Cup of oil
2Tbs mustard
4Tbs chana dal
4Tbs urad dal
5Red chili's cut equally
3Tbs peanuts or cashew nuts
1Tsp hing(Asafoetida)
Cilantro for garnish
- Heat a pan with oil & to that add mustard, chana dal & urad dal, green chili's, peanuts or cashews & red chili's. 
- Stir fry them till the dal & cooked to light brown color.Now add tamarind, turmeric, salt, sugar & hing to pan. Stir till the tamarind pulp becomes thick & switch off heat. Last add the methi powder to the mix. 
- Add the pulihora mix to rice & adjust salt if needed.
- Garnish with cilantro & serve.
- I used a thick tamarind pulp & it took less cooking time for the mix. 


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  1. Tempting platter and one of my favorite on pot meal :)

  2. I am always on the lookout for the perfect temple style puliodharai recipe. your puliodharai looks just as good

  3. Can never get bored of this evergreen traditional rice!

  4. tamarind must give such a nice flavor to this

  5. Tamarind rice is everyone's favorite in our house.. Yours looks yummy!!