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March 8, 2012

PULI SADAM / TAMARIND RICE RECIPE / PULIYOGARE


tamarind rice



Puli sadham/Tamarind rice/Puliyodharai is loved by all. Its one of the best lunch box recipes..Ideal for travel too..With papad or vathal as accompaniment , it tastes divine!!
                  I would say my MIL makes the best puliodharai which i’ve tasted so far. Its taste would be equivalent to temple puliogare.(Kovil puliodharai). We are a big fan of her tamarind rice.Yesterday we made this for our trip to tirupathi. It was very flavorful and tasty.Though there are many varieties of pulikachal recipes in this blogosphere ,I wanted to share my version..I’ve tried to give the step by step pictures for beginners & bachelors.Thanks a to ton to my MIL for teaching me this wonderful keeper recipe..Please have a look at the “points to remember “ section before proceeding ..
INGREDIENTS FOR PULIYOGARE PASTE


  • Tamarind – Big lemon size
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Hing / Asafetida – 3 generous pinches.
  • Salt – As needed
  • Powdered Jaggery – 1 tsp
  • Water – 3 cups
To temper:
  • Cooking oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal –1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 2 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 10 nos (pinched..refer the picture)
  • Hing – 2 pinches.
  • Curry leaves –  1 sprig
To dry roast and grind:
  • Methi seeds – 1.5 tsp – Roast separately.
  • Channa dal – 1 tbsp}
  • Red chilly – 1 no}----------> Roast together.
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METHOD


  • Soak tamarind in one cup of hot water for 20 mins . Extract the tamarind juice using 2 cups of water.Totally it comes to 3 cups of tamarind juice. Pinch red chillies and keep it ready for tempering.
tampinched chillies
  • Add the turmeric powder , salt , curry leaves and hing as give above. (everything should be raw)
hing & cury
  • In a kadai , dry roast the methi seeds till it crackles. Keep aside.
roasted methi
  • In the same kadai , dry roast channa dal and red chilly till golden brown.
roasted channa
  • Now powder the roasted methi seeds ,channa dal and red chilly to a coarse powder.Set aside. (just run the mixie once or twice)
  • Heat the kadai with 2 tbsp of cooking oil and temper all the items in the same order.
tempering
  • Then add the tamarind extract and allow it to boil for 10-15 mins  or till the mixture reduces to half.It depends on the flame u keep.
boil
  • After it reduced to half add the powdered jaggery , ground powder and allow it to boil..
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  • As soon as u add the powder , gravy starts to thicken and bubbles arise with a  gala gala sound. Please watch the video if u r interested.I hope most of u know this sound. This is for beginners & bachelors..My MIL says this is the important step to know the final stage of tamarind paste getting ready. So i thought of inserting a video here..Winking smile

  • We call it salangai satham in tamil..Boil it for few seconds and switch off the flame..(Make sure the gravy is in semi solid consistency.Don’t allow it to boil much after adding the powder because the gravy would thicken and there would not be enough paste to mix in rice.. )
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  • Allow it to cool down. Store in air tight container.
HOME MADE PULIKACHAL / PULIYOGARE PASTE IS READY..For the above measurements u can make 2-3 cups of tamarind rice for 5 people.

 


PULI SADHAM COLLAGE

 

How to mix

INGREDIENTS

  • Cooked rice – 2 cups
  • Tamarind paste – As needed
  • Sesame oil – 3 tbsp ( use as needed)

METHOD
  • Pressure cook the rice in the ratio of 1:2 if u use basmati rice,We always use steamed rice , so i add 2.5-3 cups of water. Add a tsp of oil in the rice before cooking to get the rice separate.
  • Take the cooked plain rice in a wide plate or bowl and add sesame oil.Allow it to cool a little.
  • Add the puliogare paste little by little and mix well using a fork like ladle.
  • Enjoy with papad !!


POINTS TO REMEMBER


  1. Raw curry leaves, hing and roasted methi seeds gives the flavor to puli sadham .So do not compromise in adding those ingredients. Please don’t forget to add raw curry leaves and hing in the tamarind extract as well as while tempering.That’s the imp step.
  2. My MIL sometimes reserve a tsp of the roasted powder and adds at the end on the plain rice before mixing the paste.She says this gives an additional flavour. But this step is purely optional.
  3. Always make the paste minimum one day in advance because it takes time to get all the taste blends into it.
  4. The shelf life of the paste is 1 week without refrigeration. U can keep it for two weeks provided u reheat it every 3 days by adding little water.If refrigerated it stays good for a month too..
  5. The taste of tamarind paste increases day by day..
  6. U can try adding coriander seeds while roasting the channa dal and red chilly. It gives an additional flavour.But some people may not like this.
  7. Also add the roasted peanuts in the end before switching off the flame if u wish to use it. We don’t like peanuts in tamarind rice,so i’ve not added it..
  8. After mixing the paste and rice check for salt , add more if necessary.Add more sesame oil if it looks dry.
  9. If u feel its too spicy for u , add more sesame oil and little salt to reduce the spiciness.Here i’ve given measurements for mild spiciness.That would be enough..
  10. If u love to have more spicy rice , then add 2 more red chillies while roasting and powder it along with methi seeds and channa dal. .
  11. Also to reduce the tanginess in tamarind paste, just pinch and roast more red chillies and add it to the paste , mix well and add it to the rice after some time.
  12. Please prepare the tamarind rice at least one hour before serving.We should give some setting time for the rice to absorb all the taste in the paste.
  13. When u make it for lunch box or travel , use ladle to mix the rice and paste . Please don’t use ur hands to mix it.Rice will spoil quickly.
  14. Vadagam or vathal would be the best accompaniment for puli sadham. My mom makes a thogayal with fried gram dal /pottukadalai. I’ll post it soon. It goes well for tamarind & lemon rice.


32 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful chitra....yummy pulisadham :)

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  2. Very detailed post! Looks so tempting :)

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  3. Nice post in detail and is very helpful.

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  4. Yummy puli kachal...whenever my mom visits me, will ask her to do this..... love this...yummy.

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  5. The last click is awesome....so tempting..thanks for sharing.

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  6. such a well thought and written post. very very useful. the last click is mouth watering.

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  7. Looks very very delicious.. i love this dish

    Ongoing Event: I'm a STAR

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  8. Simple ans satisfying travel recipe to me...looks delectable..

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  9. Well explained post..looks flavourful and yummy

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  10. love love love this tany n flavourful rice,well explained!!

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  11. Very well explained and looks very tempting

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  12. Love the step by step pics..clicks are awesome..mouthwatering here.

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  13. Awesome post with such detailed instructions..

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  14. Awesome Recipe Dear..Bookmarking it to try soon..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  15. Lovely recipe.Especially the video. I can imagine how it would have been to take pictures and videos in between cooking..Good one :)

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  16. awesome tamarind rice... would love some! Have to try it...

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  17. My favorite rice- looks cool ur step by step pictures!

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  18. very delicious rice...looks superb n yumm

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  19. wonderful post with well explained steps...the tamarind rice looks delicious...thanks for the recipe :-)

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  20. Omg! I'm craving for your puli rice now..informative steps ;)

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  21. Wow..i cant resist to c the picture..Yummy puliyotharai..well explained too

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  22. Oh my god..such a mouthwatering pulihora..it looks just awesome...vl try 4 sure....
    Maha

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  23. I got to save this recipe. What mouth watering pics :)

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  24. Vow.Love the pics and the presentation. Explanation is exhaustive. The salangai oli is so pleasant to hear.With such details really "any one can cook". It reminds the song from Minsara Kanavu-the sentence " Pasi Konda velai Thalikkum osai santhosha sangeetham". Your video is an appetizer.

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  25. Thanks a lot friends for ur lovely , encouraging comments :)

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  26. Your pics reminded me of home :) This is almost the same way we make Tamarind rice in our home too! Its a childhood favorite and a regular for all festivals and special occasions :)

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  27. wonderful post chitra :)
    looks perfect dear .

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