Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pulihodarai (Tamarind Rice)

Thanks to Shanti Krishnakumar, finally I am able to make Pulihodarai, temple style from the recipe given in her blog! Shanti didi, thanks a ton, I made this last night and I was pleasantly surprised that pulihodarai tastes exactly like the one we get in temples in Chennai!

Every blog-buddy out there, do try this out; you will not be disappointed.

For powder:
Channa dal: 2 tsp
Methi seeds: ¼ tsp.
 Pepper corn:1 tsp
Dry red chillies: 4
Coriander seeds: 4 tbsp

Dry roast all the above and keep aside.

For Paste:

Tamarind: 1 1/2 tbsp soaked in 2 cups of water
Channa dal: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Methi seeds: ½ tsp
Dry red chilies: 4
Peanuts: 2 tbsp
Curry leaves: 2 strings 
Hing: 1/8 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Heat oil in a vessel enough to contain 2 cups of water.
  • Add the mustard seeds followed by everything else under "for paste". 
  • Simmer the flame and let the water boil down to 1/8 cup or to a paste consistancy. This will take at least 45 mins.
  • Take cooked rice in a bowl and add a tsp of the dry powder and the wet paste. 
Enjoy the Perumaal kovil puliyodharai.

Here is the link for the original recipe...Please note that you need to mix this mixture with cooked rice.


  1. love tamarind rice and we generally buy the readymade spice mix for this. will defintely try this next time. between is that the puliodharai picture in this post?

  2. Sayantani...actually this is called pulichakkal. We have to mix this with rice before we eat it.

  3. Thanks for linking my blog. Dear, this is pulikkachal. And when this paste is mixed with rice it is puliyodharai. The link for pulikkachal is here. Keep rocking. Thanks again.

  4. Hi, Nice mix, will try this version surely.

  5. Nice mix..looks so yummy!!
    hey my christmas wishes too ....njoy!!

  6. Im dying to eat pulisaadham.I cant rt now.If I get better will try your version.Hope you get better soon.You will be missed at the blog meet.

  7. oops sorry the last line was not meant for you "Hope you get better soon.You will be missed at the blog meet."...blooper....from my end.But this recipe rocks.

  8. Tangy and yummy pulikachal my fav,I even eat them with idlis.

  9. Yummy pulikachal, i can survive with this for many fav..

  10. Wow! Tasty SSS..looks yummy and tasty