How to make Pulihara (Tamarind Rice) -

It is not only tamarind but some other ingredients together make this rice ever so flavourful

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Rice (चावल), Tamarind (इमली)

Cuisine : Karnataka

Course : Rice

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Pulihara (Tamarind Rice)

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Pulihara (Tamarind Rice) Recipe

  • Rice cooked 3 cups

  • Tamarind tamarind 1 medium

  • Sesame oil (til oil) 3 teaspoons

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Split black gram (urad dal) 1 teaspoon

  • Sesame seeds (black) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Dried red chillies 6

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 6-7

  • Raw peanuts 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Soak the tamarind in some water and set aside.

Step 2

Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a non-stick pan. Add Bengal gram, fenugreek seeds, black gram, sesame seeds and coriander seeds, mix and sauté till seeds crackle. Break 4 red chillies and add, sauté for a minute. Remove from heat, cool and grind into a fine powder.

Step 3

Take the rice in a bowl. Squeeze the tamarind pulp in it and mix well. Set aside.

Step 4

Heat remaining sesame oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and let the seeds splutter.

Step 5

Add turmeric powder, asafoetida, curry leaves, remaining red chillies and peanuts, mix well and sauté on high heat.

Step 6

Add prepared powder, mix well and cook on low heat for a minute. Add the tamarind rice, mix well and cook for a minute.

Step 7

Add salt, mix well and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.

Step 8

Serve hot.

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