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January 16, 2009

Puli Sundal | Puli Upma Recipe - Easy South Indian Dinner Recipes

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Puli sundal is an easy one pot meal which we make for dinner usually. Many of you call this as puli upma but my MIL named this as puli sundal. It is an authentic dish that is made in Kumbakonam, Mayavaram areas of Tamil nadu. 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. 

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 in a pressure cooker. Do try it and let me know how you 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

1 cup - 250ml
  • Steamed Rice / Saapaatu arisi (Puzhungal rice used for lunch) – 1 cup  ( I used puzhungal arisi)
  • Toor dal – 1.5 tbsp
  • Water – 3 cups or less ( depending on your 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 – 3 to 4 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, dry 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 and keep it ready.
  • Extract tamarind juice using 3 cups of water as mentioned above. Its not necessary that you should use all the 3 cups for extracting the juice. You can use how much ever you want. Remaining water you 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. ( ie 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 you 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 !

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FH said...

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

Archy said...

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

Finla said...

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

Usha said...

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?

Vibaas said...

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.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely upma..have added u to my list

Raks said...

craving for some now! Yummy!

Cham said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Chitra said...


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


Priya Suresh said...

Thought its with some beans..quite new..

Gita Jaishankar said...

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

Chitra said...

Thanku priya and gita:)

amna said...

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 :)

Indian Khana said...

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

Chitra said...

Thanku nags.So nice of u:)

Thanks priti:)

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

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 :)

Illatharasi said...

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

Neha said...

something new n intresting, worth try...

Adlak's tiny world said...

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

yrs tempting me now.

Varsha Vipins said...

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

Chitra said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Rajee said...

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

Sam said...

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