Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tamarind Pulihora(Puliogare)

    Pulihora is a very common preparation in South Indian Cuisine. Puli means sour taste. Pulihora can also be referred as sour rice. It is also known as tamarind rice or lemon rice. In the North coastal part of Andhra Pradesh, people used to call it Saddi.
   It is considered as the poor man's festival food. It is given as prasadam in temples, were devotees queue to get pulihora after darshan of the God. The festival of SeethaRama Kalyanam is one big occasion where the huge packets of pulihora are distributed to the devotees.


Rice -2 cups(Cook the rice and spread to cool)
Tamarind -Lemon size ball(Soak it in water and squeeze the juice from it)
Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
Oil -3 tbsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Chana dal -1 tbsp
Urad dal -1 tbsp
Peanuts -2 tbspbsp
Cashew -1 t
Red chilli -  3
Green chilli -4(slitted)
Curry leaves -1 sprig
Asafoetida(hing)- 1/4 tsp
Roasted sesame powder -1 tbsp
Salt as required
Cilantro leaves for garnishing


1.Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds.When mustard seeds strart spluttering,add cumin seeds,red chilli,chana dal,urad dal,curry leaves and fry till they are lightly brown.
2.Add slitted green chilli,cashew,turmeric powder,asafoetida and fry for a few seconds.
3.Add the tamarind extract and cook till the raw smell of tamarind disappears(at this time oil comes out of the texture and the texture will be thicky).
4.Add this texture,roasted sesame powder and salt to the cooked rice,combine well and adjust salt as per ur taste.Keep it aside for 1-2 hours for all the flavors to set in.
    Garnish it with chopped cilantro leaves.Now Tamarind Pulihora is ready for serving.Please post ur comments on this recipe.

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