Puliyodarai - Spicy Tamarind Rice

27 Oct 2010

Puliyodarai  :  ( Spicy Tamarind Rice )

South Indian cuisine is rich in delicious prepared  rice varieties , like  tomato rice ,  coconut rice, lemon rice, brinji rice ,  vegetable rice, etc. .Puliyodarai  is one such tasty and delicious variety rice  recipe . It has an awesome taste of sour, salty, hot and spicy...!!!

It is not only yummy, but very easy to prepare, once its basic spicy paste Pulikaichal  is ready. This can be stored for longer time, by keeping in a air tight container in fridge...!  

Also Puliyodarai is ideal n  suitable as packed lunch for picnics and tours...!!!

Here goes the recipe of perennial favorite puliyodarai…:)


  • Cooked rice                  - 2 cup
  • Gingely oil                    - 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind                       - lemon sized ball
  • Fenugreek / vendaiyam- 1 tsp
  • Chana dal                     - 2 tsp
  • Red chilly                      - 2 to 3
  • Coriander seeds            - 2 tsp
  • Cashew                        - 5
  • Peanuts                        - 25 g
  • Mustard                        - ¼ tsp
  • Cumin                           - ½ tsp
  • Split urad dal                - ½ tsp
  • Asafetida                      - a pinch
  • Turmeric pwd                - ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves                  - handful
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash n soak raw rice and pressure cook it .
  2. Spread in a bowl, add a tsp of gingely oil, mix well and keep aside.
  3. Soak a good quantity of tamarind in hot water.
  4. Allow to soak for 10 mins.
  5. Take thick tamarind juice from it.
  6. Heat a pan.
  7. Dry roast fenugreek, chana dal, red chilly and  coriander seeds.
  8. Allow to cool and grind to fine pwd.
  9. Heat about 2 tbsp oil in a pan.
  10. Roast cashew, peanuts and curry leaves till golden.
  11. Take it aside.
  12. Splatter mustard, cumin, split urad dal, red chilly, asafetida and chana dal.
  13.  Add thick tamarind juice, salt and turmeric pwd.
  14. Allow to boil, till it reduces in volume and oil leaves the sides of the pan.
  15. Remove from flame, when it attains thick masala consistency.
  16. Allow to cool and add grounded spice pwd. Mix well.
  17. This paste is famous as ‘ Pulikaichal ‘..!
  18. Now mouth watering aroma floats around the kitchen...:)
  19. Mix it with rice and add roasted cashew, peanuts and curry leaves.
  20. Combine well.

  1. By now, you got the home made traditional Puliyodarai ready to taste along with crispy chips  & crunchy Pakoras...:)

42 Yummy Comments:

Priya said...

I can have tamarind rice even everyday..my favourite rice..

Satya said...

wow delicious tamarind rice ...drooling here,my MIL is expert on this ..will tell her to make for me


Madhavi said...

OMG this Tamarind rice looks lip smacking :)))))

Swathi said...

Delicious Rice. I love them.

aipi said...

Tangy ,spicy and yummy..this is my favorite!

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Amritha Kalyani said...

home made pulikaychal.. yumm.. looks delicious.

Paaka Shaale said...

Great tamarind rice jay. Love puliyodharai any time :)

Srimathi said...

I love puliyodarai a lot. Never made it from scratch.Nice.

Kairali sisters said...

I always make this froom the MTR mix, now i know where to look...

Nithu Bala said...

OMG! what a delicious puli sadam..

Chitra said...

Mouth-watering...... looks so good and yummy!

Ms.Chitchat said...

Nice looking puliyodharai,love to have it any time,any season :):)

Priya Sreeram said...

My favourite---looks very inviting!

Prathibha said...

I made the same 2day...looks yummy

Shalini said...

my all time favorite. lovely!

Shama Nagarajan said...

inviting rice..delicious

Rekha shoban said...

my fav rice....lovely!

Delicious rice.looks perfect.

Just now craving this tamarind rice and thought of walking down and getting the readymade mix ... but thie recipe sounds simple and it looks damn yummy !!!

Delicious rice.looks perfect.

never tried tamarind rice before...should try it someday...

Suja Sugathan said...

Looks so inviting..delicious,tangy rice

dr.antony said...

Puliyodra is available as aready made paste in the shop. I tried it and tasted good.Just mix with hot rice and garnish.
I am sure this is the right way. I like the taste after my Tamil friend introduced me to this.

Thanglish Payan said...

is there any rule . girls will only post receipe......

Nitha said...

Looks delicious..

Santosh Bangar said...


Krishnaveni said...

my fav recipe too, beautiful

NIDHYA said...

Anytime and all time ready for tamarind rice..

Aaha Oho

Yummy Team said...

Oh I love puliogarai..This looks so delicious, Jay..

jeyashrisuresh said...

puliyodarai looks very yum,my all time fav.u made it very nicely

Indie.Tea said...

My family makes tamarind rice a little differently - without dhal, peanuts, and we use tamarind juice instead of powder - but I think its really delicious.

bhumika said...

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Jiboombaa said...

One of my favourite variety Rice..Yummy

Madhu said...

I literally can have this every single day jay :)

MiniBinoy said...

Jay, this is a super rice dish.. in fact i hv been browsing for a new rice dish for tmrw's lunch..now i have decided to try this one..shall let you know how it came out..:)

Delicious tamarind rice recipe dear !! love it !!

Jaisy James said...

looks delicious dear n award waiting 4 u in my blog

Shanthi said...

Looks perfect and wonderful

This is my fav Jaya, love it anytime of the year! delicious :)

Jay said...

Thanx dearies for your valuable comments..:)

Alessandra said...

This looks great, I don't know much about tamarind, I have only eaten it a few times, and I wouldn't know how to use it... good reading ;-) thank you!

Jay said...

U r welcome ..Alessandra..:)
Try n enjoy too...

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