Monday, June 22, 2009

Iyengar Puliyotharai/ Tamarind Rice

Puliyotharai/ Puliyogare..whatever it is known as... is a south Indian speciality. In temples, puliyotharai prasadam is famous all over Tamilnadu. the sauce is called pulli kachal which can be stored upto 5 days. Puliyotharai is very good picnic food. Iyengar style puliyotharai is made with a spice powder where as the home made puliyotharai is made with just tamarind and basic ingredients. I luv both methods. U can use left over rice and make wonder puli sadam.

1 cup cooked rice
Tamarind – size of 2 Lemons (squeeze the pulp)
Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
Coriander seeds – 1/4 cup
Channa Dhal – 1/4cup
Red Chillies – 8-10
Methi seeds –1 tbsp
Salt to taste
sesame Oil – 1 cup
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp

Mustard, Urad Dhal, Red Chillies ,Asafoetida / Hing,Curry Leaves and ½ cup Ground nuts.


Spice powder:Heat the kadai and add the Sesame seeds, allow it to splutter. Keep it aside. Add the Coriander seeds, Channa Dhal and Redchillies and roast till they become brown. Keep it aside. Add Methi seeds and fry till they become light brown. All the above should be roasted without any oil. Grind them to a coarse powder. Spice mix is ready..

Pulikachal:Heat oil in a kadai and add the red chillies (according to urspice level)and once they turn dark brown, add the mustard, urad dhal, asafoetida. Add the thick tamarind pulp and allow it to boil for 15 mins till it becomes thick gravy( Ucan see the oil sperating at the corners). At this stage, add salt, turmeric powder and the ground powder and stir well. Fry ground nuts and curry leaves separately and add to the above mixture. Allow the sauce to cool and store it in a clean, dry container.

How to make Puliyotharai?

Spread rice is a wide vessel. Add sesame oil, and required amount of pulikachal. Mix thoroughly. Adjust salt. Puliyotharai is ready!!!

Note: To make home- made puli sadam, dont add spice mix. Puli sadam is ready!!


Sushma Mallya

This looks very nice and yummy...


i love it....


I love Iyengar Puliyotharai. I am going to try your method. Looks so good. I wish I have them now. Thank you.




Thanks try it and lemme know the feedback!!!

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine

Nice recipe, love puliyotharai.


I love the puliyogre that they serve in temples..looks yummy..:)

lata raja

Ashwini I love this tangy looking puliyotharai.The combination has created magic to your picture.


Mouth Watering!


I love tamarind rice. My favorite one. Looks yummy.

rekhas kitchen

wow woooow one of my all time fav. I make the pulikachal and keep it in the fridge.that plate is so tempting for me yummmmmm.


I love this..have bookmarked..will try it soon:)thanks dear!!i've tried tomato uthappam and onion chutney from ur blog..both were really superb!!thanks ashwini.will soon post in my blog under T&T..


The puliogarai looks so tempting...I never tried this before...thanks for sharing the lovely recipe :)


Thanks A2zvegetarian, lata raja, paritha and valarmathi!!!


Thanks Rekha and gita..

Chitra: I am glad that onion chutney and uthappam turned out yummy..thanks for trying it...


This looks really tangy and spicy...yumm.


thanks bergamot :)

Sarah Naveen

Hey Ashwini...
Thanks a ton for stopping by my blog...U got a gr8 recipe collection too...I was wondering what to make for dinner,now i decided to go with your tamarind rice...

Keep rocking...


Hi sarah..thanks a lot for ur comments.. glad that u liked my recipes... keep visiting...

lemme know the feedback..


Wow..wat a nice picture,i am going to try this soon,i always buy it from temple..


Tamarind rice looks delicious Ashwini.

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Thanks Vrinda and trupti..

Vrinda: do try it and lemme know the feedback..

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