Puliyogare / Tamarind Rice

Tamarind Rice

Puliyogare or Puliyodharai is a South Indian food. It is also considered as a festival food. It is popular in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. They used it as a food for breakfast.When I studied in Tamil Nadu and worked in Karnataka , I have never tried this. Usually basmati or any long grained rice is used for this. You can do with left over rice also. But I have used cooked boiled rice(Kerala brown rice). This rice you can keep for few days. Just Like Lemon Rice , you can use it for travel , especially for train journeys.


  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Tamarind – lemon size
  • Sesame oil – 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Roasted peanuts – 2 tablespoon
  • Jaggery – 1/2 teaspoon

For Masala

  • Coriander seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red chilis – 5
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon

For Seasoning

  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds -1/4 teaspoon
  • Roasted peanuts – 2 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Red chilis – 2
  • Asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon


  1. Dry roast  the ingredients in masala except sesame seeds till coriander and fenugreek seeds  turns  brown colour,then remove it from  pan. Dry Roast sesame seeds and grind everything together.
  2. If the rice is not cooked, cook it with enough water and place it on a plate. Allow it to cool completely so that rice comes as separate grains.
  3. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of hot water for 1/2 an  hour,  and take the extract from it.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it crackles, add all other items in seasoning section and saute for few seconds.
  5. Add half of the tamarind extract, jaggery,turmeric, salt, cook for few minutes till the raw smell goes off. Now add half of the prepared masala, mix it well and cook until it gets thick.
  6. Take a wide vessel, add rice, add little tamarind paste , spice powder, salt,  peanuts and sesame oil. Mix well. Keep it for some time and then serve.

Tamarind Rice

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Tastiest variety of rice in South India.. Delicious

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Look so good and tasty

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  3. rasakama says:

    What a mouth watering tamarind rice ! So flavourful ! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      you are welcome


  4. Suja Manoj says:

    One of my favorites,looks so yummy

    Liked by 1 person

  5. shreyovi says:

    My staying in Bangalore had introduced to this cuisine and I loved it from that time,adding those peanuts gives a nutty flavour to this rice item.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anu Yalo says:

      yes, lot of varieties are there, try bisi bele bath also.


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