Puliyodharai( Puliyogare/Tamarind rice) is one of the popular prasadam in most Vishnu temples like sarkarai pongal and ven pongal. Temple puliyodharai has unique taste. It is also made at home for festivals like chitra pournami, Adi( Tamil month) 18 and for Kanum pongal. You can make puli kachal ( Tamarind concentrate with all ingredients) and store them. Then you mix with rice for easily preparing puliyodharai rice for lunch, picnics etc. It can also be made as a dry powder which can then be used for preparing instant puliyodharai. It is nowadays available in shops under various brand names.
Raw rice ½ cup
Tamarind 2 lemon size (approx. 40 grams)
Black pepper ½ tsp
Red chili 2 +15 nos.
Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds 2 tsp
Fenugreek 1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Hing powder 1 tsp
Mustard 2 tsp
Groundnuts 4 tsp
Urad dhal 4 tsp
Channa dhal 4 tsp
Gingelly Oil ¼ cup + 3 tsp
Preparation time = 10 min
Making time = 30 min
Squeeze tamarind in 2 cups of water
Dry roast black pepper, red chili and dhaniya ( coriander seeds). Dry roast sesame seed separately and add to dhaniya mixture. Dry roast fenugreek and add hing and turmeric powder. while grinding.
Grind Dhaniya mixture separately. Also grind fenugreek mixture separately.
Heat gingelly oil in a pan.Add mustard. Let it splutter.Then add red chili, groundnuts,urad dhal,channa dhal. Stir till it turns to golden colour.
Add tamarind water and salt. Boil till it thickens.
Add fenugreek mixture powder and 1 tbsp of coriander seed ( dhaniya ) mixture powder. Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
Puli kaichal( tamarind concentrate) is ready. You can store it for 1 month in refrigerator.
Add gingelly oil and salt in cooked rice. Mix puli kaichal and 1 tbsp of coriander seed powder. Mix well. Traditional puliyodharai( tamarind rice) is ready