Monday, August 4, 2008

Puliyodarai (Tamarind Rice)

Pulikaichal (Tamarind Gravy)

Pulikaichal is a preserve which stays for a few months in the fridge. This when mixed with rice is called Puliyodarai.


  • Tamarind Pulp- 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste

For the seasoning

  • Red chillies 5 nos (cut into pieces)
  • Mustard seeds-2 teaspoons
  • Groundnuts- 1 cup
  • Channa dal- 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal- 1/2 cup
  • Hing - 1 small piece or1/4 teaspoon powder
  • Til oil (sesame oil) - 1 cup

For the powder

  • Red chillies - 5 nos
  • urad dal - 2 teaspoons
  • Channa dal - 2 teaspoons
  • Fenugreek or methi seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • coriander seeds - 2 teaspoons
  • Hing - 1 small piece


  1. Soak the tamarind in warm water and squeeze out thick juice to make 1 and 1/2 cup pulp.
  2. In a heat kadai and fry the ingredients for the powder, stirring continously till golden.
  3. Allow to cool and grind to a fine powder.
  4. In the same kadai heat 1 cup oil and add mustard seeds.
  5. When it crackles add all other ingredients for the seasoning and fry till golden.
  6. Lower the flame and carefully pour the tamarind pulp in to the seasoning.
  7. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  8. Allow to simmer till the pulp is thick.
  9. Add salt and the powder and mix well. put off the flame.
  10. Allow to cool and store in food safe, air tight containers in the fridge.

For the rice


  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Til oil - 1 teaspoon Curry leaves - 1 twig
  • Method

    1. Wash and prepare rice in a pressure cooker, with 1 cup rice and 2 cups water.
    2. Allow to cool a bit and transfer to a shallow dish.
    3. Pour 2 teaspoon oil in rice and curry leaves fried in one teaspoon til oil.
    4. Add 3 tablespoons(or needed) of the pulikaichal and mix lightly with a the flat ladle without breaking the rice
    5. . Serve hot with chips...


Purva Desai said...

tamarind rice is one of my favourite...
its looking really tempting

Illatharasi said...

OMG... tamarind rice... lemon rice... coconut rice.... yum yum yummy .... mouth waters ;)

Unknown said...

One of my fav rice...i also made this two weeks ago..waiting to be posted.Hey you can send lemon rice for AFAM..

lubnakarim06 said...

Lemon rice looks yummy. U can send it for AFAM i think. Tamarind rice also gooks gr8. Did i mention coconut rice too

Jaishree Iyer said...

Thank you all of you for your comments.
Kitchen Flavours, welcome here and thanks for comments.