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Mar 7, 2011

Puli Sadham / Puliyogare / Tamarind rice

I learnt this Puli Sadham / Puliyogare from my neighbor Maami(salem)...this is a little different from regular puli sadham. Tastes similar to the South Indian temple Prasadham. That Maami's Husband was a daily she used to prepare different items  for Nivedhiyam. I learnt Sambar sadham, puli rice and few other Kuzhambu, Stir fry recipes from her.Very nice and kind maami, daily me, my sister and cousins will go to her home to get the remaining prasadham from the temple, that's sounds silly now but those days we have been waiting for the evening time mainly for the Prasadham :) Now off to the recipe..

  1. Cooked rice    2 cup
  2. Tamarind     100gm(soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes)
  3. Dry red chilli   3-4 no.s
  4. Garlic     1 full pod 
  5. Curry leaves       1 twig
  6. Hing powder    1/4 tsp
  7. Chana dal    1 tbsp
  8. Urad dal     1 tbsp
  9. Roasted peanuts    1/4 cup
  10. Mustard seeds    1/2 tsp
  11. Oil/sesame oil     100 ml
To roast and Grind
  1. Dry red chillies     5-7 no.s
  2. Coriander seeds    1/2 tsp
  3. chana dal     1 tbsp
  4. Jeera   1/4 tsp
  5. Pepper corns   10 no.s
  6. Fenugreek seeds/Methi seeds    1/4 tsp

  • Heat a tsp oil in a pan n roast the ingredients under"to roast and grind" and fry light
  • and put it in a blender and grind to a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Extract the tamarind juice and keep aside.(should be little thick)
  • Heat oil in a kadai,add mustard seeds when it pop add chana dal,urad dal and fry light brown and add peanuts and fry lightly.
  • Then add hing powder,curry leaves,garlic,and dry chillies.
  • Saute for a minutes,then add the tamarind juice.
  • Stir well and add enough salt and little water ,mix well now the consistency will be thin.
  • Let it boil for sometime in medium flame.
  • At least it should boil for some 10 minutes ...then it will be totally reduces to half volume and will be thick.
  • Turn off the stove and keep it aside for sometime...let it cool lightly.
  • Now to the cooked rice drizzle some sesame oil and add a tbsp of  grounded powder.(U can add more or less powder depend on ur taste...)
  • Then add the Pulikaichal and mix gently with the rice ..check salt ...adjust the spice powder.
  • Now the puli sadham is ready.
  • You can store this Pulikaichal and the powder in an air tight container.
  • Pulikaichal can be stored for about 10-15 days or even more. (in the fridge)
  • This powder can be added to the puli kuzhambu, karela thokku, garlic kuzhambu  also.

After trying this recipe, from next time you will not make puli sadham without this powder...i m sure.. Try this!!!
If u want u can also add little jaggery piece to the boiling pulikaichal and cook.
Adjust chillies to your spice level and based on the chilli type.
If you feel the rice is little spicy add 1 or 2 tsp sesame oil ,mix well and serve.
The color of the depends on the color of the tamarind, chilli variety you use. In the updated pics, the rice looks very light because i added very less pulikaichal and podi to the rice, as i served the immediately for lunch i mixed less.
If you making it in morning for lunch, then mix with enough pulikaichal..Puli Rice & Lemon Rice will be very tangy but after resting for hours the flavor and taste will blend well with rice and will be perfect. So always add more pulikaichal to the rice while you mix(when u prepare for lunch or for trip).
Allow to cool rice & pulikaichal before mixing.


  1. Very nice recipe..going to try this for tomorrows outing..Thanks for sharing.

    1. Please Give it a try and let me know how it turned out to you.


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