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Tamarind Rice/Puliyodarai is a very famous south Indian rice variety. It has a special taste when it is served in temples. This taste is unbeatable πŸ˜€ I love it. It is a very simple dish.

When ever we go on a trip I pack Lemon rice and Yogurt rice. I wanted to change it to tamarind rice. My hubby said it is very difficult to prepare it and you have never done this before for me, so let’s not try it πŸ™‚ I gave him a stare and said it’s not a big deal.I will prepare this recipe, check it then we can decide whether to take it or not πŸ˜› Finally yes it was too good, we finished it the same day. I know it isn’t a big deal for South Indians. The base recipe for tamarind rice is common, the extra spice powder is something that I got through Google πŸ™‚ this is not my own recipe, yet worth sharing.



Basmathi Rice : 2 cups

Tamarind : small lemon size

Oil : 2 teaspoons

Jaggery : 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

Turmeric Powder : 1/2 teaspoon

Salt : 1 teaspoon

To season:

Mustard seeds : 1/2 teaspoon

Urad dal : 1/2 teaspoon

Channa Dal : 1/2 teaspoon

Red Chili : 2

Asafoetida : 1/4 teaspoon

Curry Leaves : Few

To grind:

Coriander seeds : 1 teaspoon

Urad dal : 1 teaspoon

Channa dal : 1 teaspoon

Red Chili : 6 to 8

Pepper : 1/2 teaspoon

Sesame Seeds : 1 teaspoon

Oil : 1 teaspoon


Cook Basmathi Rice with 1:2 rice : water ratio.

Soak Tamarind in water and make juice out of it. I got it around 1 cup juice.

Heat Oil in a pan, when hot add items in to grind, except sesame seeds. Let it change color. When it changes color , stop and add sesame seeds. Remove from heat, let it cool down.


Heat oil in a wide pan. Add oil, when it is hot add mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida, red chilies. When it crackles add curry leaves. Peanuts can be added and sauteed now. When it splutters, add the tamarind juice, jaggery(optional), turmeric powder.


This should simmer to a thick paste.


In a wide pan take the rice. Add little oil, salt. Mix the tamarind paste. Normal puliyodarai is done till this step. Add the ground powder and mix well. This powder gives an excellent taste.