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January 16, 2009

Puli Sundal/Upma Recipe-Easy Dinner Recipes

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This is an easy one pot meal which we make for dinner usually.Many of u call this as puli upma but my MIL named this as puli sundal.It tastes similar to puliyogare/Puliodharai and it is an authentic dish that is made in kumbakonam,mayavaram areas.I learnt this recipe from my MIL.It tastes the best with chopped pearl onions/Sambar onions as side dish :) Also you should top it with gingely oil before eating.Tastes great Star ! Bachelors & working women can try this recipe to make an easy dinner after coming home late from the office OR make this for lunch box during busy morning hours.You can finish the entire process within 15 minutes. Do try it and let me know how u liked it. 

Puli sundal recipe

Puli sundal recipe Puli sundal-Easy one pot dinner/breakfast/lunch box recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dinner
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Par Boiled Rice /Saapaatu arisi(rice used for lunch) – 1 cup
  • Toor dal – 1.5 tbsp
  • Water – 3 cups or less ( depending on ur rice )
  • Tamarind - Small lemon size
To temper
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida /Hing – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Red chillies – 4 to 6 nos
  • Salt – to taste
Gingely oil & Finely chopped sambar onions – to serve

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes.In the mean time,heat a kadai and dry roast toor dal till it turns light golden brown with a nice smell.Remove and keep in a plate.In the same hot kadai,roast the rice till it turns white and puffs up slightly.Remove and keep it with toor dal.Now wash the roasted rice and toor dal amd keep it ready.
  • Extract tamarind juice using 3 cups of water as mentioned above.Its not necessary that u should use all the 3 cups for extracting the juice.U can use how much ever u want.Remaining water u can add as it is. Total water should be 3 cups.
  • In a pressure cooker base,heat oil and  splutter mustard seeds,urad dal,pinched red chillies,curry leaves & half of the hing( 1e 1/4 tsp).Add the tamarind extract,turmeric powder,salt,curry leaves & remaining hing.Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.It takes 12-15 minutes based on the size of cooker.
  • Remove and serve by adding a tsp of gingely oil.Tastes the best with chopped small onions.
    Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of water as per the rice u use.U can also try with raw rice but water quantity varies.
  • Adjust the number of chillies based on spice level.The quantity i have given here gives medium spiciness.
  • Hing/Asafetida is the star ingredient here.So don’t avoid it.

Hot , Yummy Puli Sundal is ready.U can eat this as it is!! If needed u can have this with coconut chutney!!But chopped pearl onions is the best side dish for this rice. Pickle will also do !

  • The pulp, leaves, and bark of tamarind have medical applications. For example, in the Philippines, the leaves have been traditionally used in herbal tea for reducing malaria fever.
  • Tamarind is used as an Ayurvedic Medicine for gastric and/or digestion problems.
Toor Dal
  • They are highly nutritious containing up to 28% protein, and 10 times more fat, 5 times more vitamin A, and 3 times more vitamin C than ordinary peas.

I am very happy in linking this post to the Event HARVEST: THE FESTIVAL OF RICE hosted by Sudeshna at Here I Cook .


  1. Very new to me, looks like yummy dish for breakfast!:)

  2. Hey, looks yum.. These are like puliogare, but with toor dal.. New to me.. Need to try !!

  3. I have neve rhad this , would love to taste them.

  4. I have never had this, sounds delicious and very unique...just one little thing, in your ingredients, you mention 6 cups of rice the second time is that 6 cups of water?

  5. I make puli upma with broken rice. This is new to me and looks yummy. Nice information on the ingredients.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments too.

  6. lovely upma..have added u to my list

  7. Reading sundal i was expecting snack with beans! What a new dish , yummy!

  8. wow..nice recipe..will try it sometime..


    Thank u so much usha for mentioning the mistake.its 6 cups of water not rice.I corrected it.Thanks a lot:)


  10. Thought its with some beans..quite new..

  11. This is very new to me, I love the tamarind flavor in most of my dishes, I am sure to like this one :)

  12. That's a new recipe to me. Congrats on your new blog Chitra, all the best and let me know if you need any help :)

  13. That's new to me too...looks yummy

  14. Thanku nags.So nice of u:)

    Thanks priti:)

  15. this is interesting...will hve to try it..since m a rice lover..;p

    hey Chitra thnks for following sweets.
    u hve a great place too :)

  16. Very good recipe.... Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  17. something new n intresting, worth try...

  18. Yeah tasty n delicious dish indeed. my amma also do this.. we love to have my amma hands puli uppuma..

    yrs tempting me now.

  19. My Hubby loves these type of dishes Chitra..Thanks for posting..Looks yummy..:)
    Thanks for dropping by dear..Pls be around..:)

  20. Thanku navita,vani,neha,adlak's and varsha for dropping by and left lovely comments.Thanku frnds:)

  21. A handful of soaked groundnuts if added is very tasty and healthy. try it

  22. Very new to me. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I dont know how the taste will be.

  23. Puli Sundal's sounds delicious and very unique. It looks so beautiful! Will try it soon. Thanks so much for great recipes.


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