Tamilnadu Tamarind Rice /Puliyodhari

Tamil Nadu is famous for its deep belief that serving food to others is a service to humanity, as is common in many regions of India. The region has a rich cuisine involving both traditional non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. It is characterized by the use of rice, legumes and lentils. Its distinct aroma and flavour is achieved by the blending of flavourings and spices including curry leaves, mustard seeds, coriander, ginger, garlic, chili, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, cumin, nutmeg and  coconut .
I tried it the other way by adding puliyodhari mix in raw rice and cooked them together . I will definitely tr the original method sometime .So let’s start the recipe .yum

1 cup Raw rice
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 cup Tamarind pulp
1 teaspoon Jaggery
2 tablespoon peanuts , roasted (I forgot to use)
Salt to taste

For tempering
1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
1 tablespoon Chana dal
1 tablespoon Urad dal
2 Dry red chilli/green chilli
1/4 teaspoon Asafetida
3 tablespoon oil

Powder Mix:
2 tablespoon Coriander seeds
1 tablespoon Chana dal
1 tablespoon Urad dal
1 teaspoon Methi /fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
Few Curry leaves
1/2 tablespoon Black pepper corn
4-5 Dry red chili/Chilli powder

In a pan , dry roast all the ingredients called for powder mix. Dry roast on low to medium flame . Cool and grind to make a fine powder. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan or pressure cooker, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the chana dal and urad dal and fry till 1 minute.Next add red chili, asafetida, turmeric powder and curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
Add the tamarind pulp and jaggery and cook for few minutes.Now add the powder mix , rice and water . Cook for 1 whistle or till rice are done if using a pan.

Serve hot with pickle and salad.


Serve-2. Cooking time-20 minutes

Note: The original recipe used cooked rice and the puliyodhari mixture was added on it later.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 39

Best regards,

Sapana Behl

10 comments on “Tamilnadu Tamarind Rice /Puliyodhari”

  1. puliodharai looks super yumm..

  2. my favourite! love it…i mena. anything with tamarind..and i am in !

  3. Srivalli says:

    This is my all time favorite..it tastes great anytime..:)

  4. so delicious and finger licking good!!!

  5. Pavani N says:

    Classic south Indian rice dish. Looks great.

  6. Usha says:

    puliyodhari looks delicious and a classic south Indian dish. Yuo way of preparing it is quite different. I am always use to first cooking the rice and then mixing it with tamarind paste and adding the tempering at the end. There are always 'n' ways to cook a dish. I glad this way worked for you. Nice choice for the state.

  7. you will love these kind of dishes in the place where you are currently based…all these are deeply rooted indian dishes…

  8. puliyodharai looks good. my favourite puliyodharai is the ones they serve in temples.. unbeatable taste

  9. I made the same but think I followed a more traditional recipe – I like the texture of your version

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *