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April 1, 2013


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pepper puli sadham
I wanted to try this pepper puliodharai recipe for long time. I usually follow my MIL’s method for making tamarind rice / puliyodharai . It comes out very well. This time I tried the same recipe with pepper. 

As I mentioned in my pepper idli post, my hubby is very much fond of pepper dishes.. So I tried this pepper puliogare on my own.. It came out very well. It had a nice flavour of pepper in it. I packed it for my hubby’s lunch box. He liked it very much. There is no much difference in the method and the ingredients.

U can prepare the paste the previous night and make the rice the next day.  Adjust the amount of pepper powder based on your taste. This paste stays well for 1 week even without refrigeration.  I also feel for making puliyodharai, mixing the paste in raw rice or boiled rice tastes well more than basmati. Add few tsps of sesame oil / gingely oil while mixing the rice & paste to get the additional flavour and taste. As we all know, this rice is apt for travel too.

Pepper puliogare

1 cup - 250ml
Serves 2 people
  • Rice – 1/2 cup ( Raw rice or boiled rice)
  • Tamarind -  Medium gooseberry size
  • Jaggery – A small piece
  • Salt , water – As needed
To roast & grind
  • Oil – 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida -  A big pinch
To saute
  • Gingely oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 2 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 2 nos (pinched)
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Hing /Asafetida-A pinch
Crushed Pepper powder – 1.5 tsp
Sesame oil /Gingely oil – 1 –2 tbsp

  • Pressure cook the rice and spread in a plate adding a tbsp of gingely oil. Let the rice cools down and becomes fluffy.
  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 20 minutes and take the extract adding 2 cups of water.
  • Heat gingely oil in a pan and temper mustard, urad dal, chana dal, red chillies, curry leaves, hing. Saute well. Now add the tamarind extract, salt, turmeric powder, little hing and curry leaves. Allow to boil well. In the middle add the jaggery.
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  • Add 1/2 tsp of oil and roast the ingredients given under “To roast&grind”. Roast till the pepper corns splutter. Powder them and set aside.
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  • When the tamarind extract reduces to half in quantity, add the roasted & ground powder.  After you add the powder, give a boil. The mixture thickens. Let it roll boil well for few seconds. After  you get salangai satham ( gala gala sound), switch off the flame.
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  • Finally add the crushed pepper powder in the paste, mix well. Set aside. Tamarind paste is ready. Mix the required paste in the rice adding gingely oil.
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  • If you want more spicy, add more pepper powder at the end.

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Prema said...

Wow i love the pepper flavored puliyodharai,sure will try next while i make...

great-secret-of-life said...

wow! so flavourful. Looks yummy I should try next time

Indian Khana said...

Looks yum ....that's must be really fab

Unknown said...

wow..I'm a big fan of this flavorful rice...looks tempting..

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Super tempting and flavorful rice. Love to have this anytime

Vimitha Durai said...

Flavorful recipe. will try soon
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Julie said...

flavor lock & yummy comfort meal dear:)

Unknown said...

nice and flavorful rice....
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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Puliyodharai looks delicious and flavorful...

cookingwithsapana said...

Nice recipe I will try it on this weekend. said...

This is one of my fav dish.. Thanks for sharing.

Shri said...

One of our favourites; looks amazing Chitra.

Suja Manoj said...

Love pepper flavor,tangy and it.

Sudha Sabarish said...

Pepper puliyodharai is very new to me and sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chitra,

Never heard of this one...Looks amazing! I love kuzhambu/gravy that has pepper in it!


Unknown said...

Looks amazing and delicious,Chitra!! :)

meena said...

very different,but definitely must try

cookingwithsapana said...

Wow you have such a nice blog! I just started following you and it w'd be highly encouraging if you may follow mine too !

Priya Suresh said...

Quite a different and definitely a healthy twist to our usual puliyodharai.

Unknown said...

Lovely Dish!

Unknown said...

my place is flooded cz im drooling over this dish...perfect

Swathi said...

Delicious puliyodharai yumm.

Nava K said...

Awesome, from the pictures, the step by step details and the recipe too. Lovely flavors and that simply is evident in the click.

Mahi said...

New recipe to me! Shall try it soon!