tamarind rice recipe, how to make tamarind rice | puliyodharai recipe

tamarind rice recipe with step by step photos – popular south indian recipe of a tangy, sour & spiced rice. the recipe dish is also known as puliyodharai in tamil language.

tamarind rice, puliyodharai recipe

sharing again one of those recipes, which i should have added long ago. tamarind rice is often made in south indian homes. there are many ways and variations of this recipe.

two method through which we can make tamarind rice are :

  1. the rice is first cooked and then mixed with tamarind sauce or pulikachal.
  2. the second method is where the raw rice is cooked in the tamarind sauce.

i am sharing here the traditional method. usually the spiced tamarind sauce also known as ‘pulikachal‘ is made in medium or large quantities and then stored in the fridge. so when you want to make tamarind rice, you just heat a bit of sesame oil. add the pulikachal. add the cooked rice. mix well and your tamarind rice is ready. you can also mix the cooked rice with some turmeric powder and sesame oil and then mix with pulikachal.

the recipe i am sharing today is where i have prepared the pulikachal and the entire pulikachal is used in the rice. i already have pulikachal stored in the fridge, so thought of sharing the entire recipe. you can even make the pulikachal from this recipe and store in the fridge.

preparing tamarind rice takes a lot of time. so you can prepare the pulikachal and store in the fridge. whenever you want to prepare just cook rice. then mix rice with pulikachal.

in most south indian temples, tamarind rice is also served as prasadam along with sweet pongal and curd rice.

usually i fry some vadagams with tamarind rice and serve. and at times serve with some curd. you can even have tamarind rice plain. since tamarind has a longer shelf life, tamarind rice also goes well for picnics or long journeys. it also make for nice tiffin box lunch.

few more popular rice recipes you may like are:

tamarind rice recipe

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:1 hour
Course:main course
Cuisine:south indian,tamil nadu
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
5 from 6 votes
tamarind rice recipe, puliyodharai recipe
puliyodharai recipe - popular south indian recipe of sour and spiced rice. this dish is also called as puliyodharai.

INGREDIENTS FOR tamarind rice recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for cooking rice

  • 1 cup heaped sona masuri rice OR 230 grams rice OR 4 cups cooked rice
  • ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 2 to 2.5 cups water for cooking rice
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (til ka tel)

spice powder for tamarind rice

  • 4 dry red chillies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (split and husked bengal gram)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (split and husked black gram)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds (safed til)
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)

tamarind pulp

  • 50 grams tamarind OR ⅓ cup tamarind - not tightly packed
  • 2 cups hot water for tamarind pulp

tempering and other ingredients for tamarind rice

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (split and husked black gram)
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (split and husked bengal gram)
  • ¼ cup peanuts (moongphali)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • a pinch of asafoedita (hing)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves OR 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 2 to 3 dry red chillies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 2 teaspoons jaggery powder
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE tamarind rice recipe

cooking rice

  • rinse 1 heaped cup sona masuri (230 grams) very well in water. then add the rice in a pressure cooker. also add 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon salt or add as required.
  • add 2.5 cups water. you can add water depending on the quality of rice. since i have not soaked the rice, i have added 2.5 cups water and also this rice takes a long time to cook as its hand pounded sona masuri rice. for a regular variety, you can add 2 cups water.
  • pressure cook for 10 to 12 minutes or 3 to 4 whistles or till the rice is cooked well. do ensure that the rice does not get overcooked. for the hand pounded sona masuri rice, i pressure cooked for 14 minutes. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. fluff the rice.
  • remove the cooked rice in a large plate or tray or a large bowl and allow it cool.
  • when the rice becomes warm, add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon sesame oil to it.
  • mix well and keep aside. mix gently so that the rice grains do not break. if there are lumps, then break the lumps.

preparing tamarind pulp

  • take 50 grams tamarind or 1/3 cup tamarind (not tightly packed) in a bowl.
  • add 2 cups hot water and soak the tamarind for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • then squeeze the soaked tamarind and extract the pulp. keep the bowl aside.

preparing puliyodharai masala or spice mix

  • heat a pan and then reduce the flame to a low.
  • add all the whole spices mentioned under the list title 'spice powder' except asafoetida.
  • stirring often roast them on a low flame or sim.
  • roast till the urad dal and chana dal become light golden or golden. the entire mixture will become aromatic.
  • once the lentils have browned well, then switch off the flame and add 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida/hing.
  • mix very well and let the roasted spices cool.
  • then in a dry grinder or a spice grinder, add all the spices. break the red chilies and then add.
  • grind to a fine powder. keep aside.

making pulikachal for tamarind rice

  • heat 3 tablespoon sesame oil in a pan.
  • add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • also add 1 teaspoon chana dal and 1/4 cup peanuts. if you want you can roast or fry the peanuts separately also and add in the rice towards the end.
  • saute on a low flame till the lentils turn golden. the peanuts will also get done by this time.
  • once the peanuts as well as the lentils turn golden, then add 2 to 3 dry red chillies, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder/haldi and 10 to 12 curry leaves. you can even switch off the flame if you want.
  • also add a pinch of asafoetida. mix well.
  • now strain the tamarind pulp and directly add in the tempering mixture. strain very well. you can even strain tamarind pulp before and keep aside. stir and mix everything.
  • add salt and 1 to 2 teaspoons of jaggery powder. you can add less or more of jaggery or skip it.
  • mix well and simmer the mixture on a low to medium flame.
  • bring this tamarind mixture to a boil and continue to cook.
  • cook till mixture has thickened a bit and you see oil floating on top.
  • then add the ground spice powder.
  • mix very well.
  • continue to simmer the pulikachal for some more minutes. do stir often.
  • cook till the mixture becomes thick like a thick tamarind sauce or chutney.
  • once this consistency is achieved, then switch off the flame. keep the pan down.

making tamarind rice

  • add the pulikachal to the rice.
  • gently mix very well.
  • after the mixing is done, you can serve right away or wait for some minutes for the flavors to infuse and then serve.
  • serve tamarind rice with fried vadagams or papads.
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how to make puliyodharai or tamarind rice

a) cooking rice:

1. rinse 1 heaped cup sona masuri (230 grams) very well in water. then add the rice in a pressure cooker. also add ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon salt or add as required.

rice to make tamarind rice recipe

2. add 2.5 cups water. you can add water depending on the quality of rice. since i have not soaked the rice, i have added 2.5 cups water and also this rice takes a long time to cook, as its hand pounded sona masuri rice. for a regular variety, you can add 2 cups water.

rice to make tamarind rice recipe

3. pressure cook for 10 to 12 minutes or for 3 to 4 whistles or till the rice is cooked well. do ensure that the rice does not get overcooked. for the hand pounded sona masuri rice, i pressure cooked rice for 14 minutes. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. fluff the rice.

rice for making tamarind rice recipe

4. remove the cooked rice in a large plate or tray or a large bowl and allow it cool.

rice for making tamarind rice recipe

5. when the rice becomes warm, add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon sesame oil to it.

rice for making tamarind rice recipe

6. mix well and keep aside. mix gently so that the rice grains do not break. if there are lumps, then break the lumps.

making tamarind rice recipe

b) preparing tamarind pulp

1. take 50 grams tamarind or ⅓ cup tamarind (not tightly packed) in a bowl.

tamarind to make tamarind rice recipe

2. add 2 cups hot water and soak the tamarind for 30 to 40 minutes.

tamarind to make tamarind rice recipe

3. then squeeze the soaked tamarind and extract the pulp. keep the bowl aside.

tamarind to make tamarind rice recipe

preparing puliyodharai masala for tamarind rice

1. the following spices will be needed to make the masala.

puliyodharai masala to make tamarind rice recipe

2. heat a pan and reduce the flame to a low. add all the spices and stirring often roast them on a low flame or sim.

puliyodharai masala to make tamarind rice recipe

3. roast till the urad dal and chana dal become light golden or golden. the entire mixture will become aromatic.

spices for preparing tamarind rice recipe

4. once the lentils have browned well, then switch off the flame and add ¼ teaspoon asafoetida/hing.

spices for preparing tamarind rice recipe

5. mix very well and let the roasted spices cool.

spices for preparing tamarind rice recipe

6. then in a dry grinder or a spice grinder, add all the spices. break the red chilies and then add.

spices for preparing tamarind rice recipe

7. grind to a fine powder. keep aside.

spices for making tamarind rice recipe

making pulikachal for tamarind rice

1. heat 3 tablespoon sesame oil in a pan.

preparing tamarind rice recipe

2. add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon urad dal.

preparing tamarind rice recipe

3. also add 1 teaspoon chana dal and ¼ cup peanuts. basically add the mustard seeds, lentils and peanuts together. here i am showing in step wise parts. if you want you can roast or fry the peanuts separately also and add in the rice towards the end.

peanuts for preparing tamarind rice recipe

4. saute on a low flame till the lentils turn golden. the peanuts will also get done by this time.

peanuts for preparing tamarind rice recipe

5. saute till the peanuts and the lentils turn golden. do saute on a low flame or sim.

preparing tamarind rice recipe

6. once the peanuts as well as the lentils turn golden, then add 2 to 3 dry red chillies, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder/haldi and 10 to 12 curry leaves. you can even switch off the flame if you want.

making tamarind rice recipe

7. also add a pinch of asafoetida. mix well.

making tamarind rice recipe

8. now strain the tamarind pulp and directly add in the tempering mixture. strain very well. you can even strain tamarind pulp before and keep aside.

tamarind pulp to make tamarind rice recipe

9. stir and mix everything.

tamarind pulp to make tamarind rice recipe

10. add salt.

salt to make tamarind rice recipe

11. add 1 to 2 teaspoons of jaggery powder. you can add less or more of jaggery or skip it.

jaggery to make tamarind rice recipe

12. mix well and simmer the mixture on a low to medium flame.

making tamarind rice recipe

13. bring this tamarind mixture to a boil and continue to cook.

making tamarind rice recipe

14. cook till mixture has thickened a bit and you see oil floating on top.

preparing tamarind rice recipe

15. then add the ground spice powder.

spice powder for tamarind rice recipe

16. mix very well.

preparing tamarind rice recipe

17. continue to simmer the pulikachal for some more minutes. do stir often.

making tamarind rice recipe

18. cook till the mixture becomes thick like a thick tamarind sauce or chutney.

making tamarind rice recipe

19. once this consistency is achieved, then switch off the flame.

making tamarind rice recipe

21. keep the pan down.

making tamarind rice recipe

making tamarind rice

22. add the pulikachal to the rice.

making tamarind rice recipe

23. gently mix very well.

tamarind rice recipe, puliyodharai recipe

24. after the mixing is done, you can serve right away or wait for some minutes for the flavors to infuse and then serve.

tamarind rice recipe, puliyodharai recipe

25. serve tamarind rice with fried vadagams or papads.

tamarind rice recipe, puliyodharai recipe


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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27 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana
    We use only Jasmine rice or Basmati rice at home. Tried sona masuri rice once but I didn’t care for that. My question is: either Jasmine or Basmati can be substituted in this recipe instead of sona masuri rice? Keep up the great work! Thanks

  2. Hi, is it okay if I use Mothers Recipe Tamarind paste instead of the pulp? Will it still work?

  3. Hello,

    You are simply the best in terms of posting your recipes , sharing the alternatives for cooking, style of making every dish perfectly and above all I really appreciate the effort which you do while uploading the images step my step.

    I have never cooked before I got married but now I have to cook 🙂 and I guess I learned it from your website. Sometime I use to be in rush so I just choose any of the vegetarian dish from your website go at the bottom take glimpses of the recipe and do my cookings.

    All the best wishes from my side and may success comes to you always 🙂5 stars

  4. Woooww..this is how my granny used to make and for some time my mom when we were very young. These days, no one add’s those spice powder mix. Loved to see the old recipe back.5 stars

  5. Another super recipe – followed it step by step and it came out awesome! I just have one suggestion – to add ginger in the tamarind pulp as i have seen many of my south indian friends do so….it definitely enhances the taste. Keep up the good work and thanks for a being a perfect cooking guide!5 stars

  6. Thank you Dassana for posting this tamarind rice
    I like this method and will try it for sure

    Happy Navaratri5 stars