Puliyogare | Tamarind Rice

Tamarind rice

Puliyogare or Tamarind rice is a tangy, spicy and sweet rice dish. This is a common rice preparation in South Indian states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. 


For Puliyogare powder

½ tsp Split black lentils (Udad dal)
½ tsp Split Bengal gram (Channa dal)
1 tsp Coriander seeds (dhaniya)
½ tsp Mustard seeds (Rai)
½ tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
2 Dry Red Chillies
¼  tsp Whole black pepper (kali mirch)
¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
½ tsp Sesame seeds (til)
2 tbsp Grated dry coconut

For Puliyogare rice

2 cups Cooked rice
1 tbsp Oil
½ tsp Mustard seeds (Rai)
½ tsp Split black lentils (Udad dal)
½ tsp Split Bengal gram (Channa dal)
¼ tsp Asafoetida (hing)
1 Dry red chilly
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Curry leaves
2 tbsp Peanuts
A lemon sized ball of Tamarind
1 tbsp Jaggery   (grated)
1 cup Water
Salt as per taste


  • Soak tamarind and jaggery  in 1 cup water for 30 minutes.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients of puliyogare powder (mentioned under ingredients for puliyogare powder) and grind to a fine powder.  Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. 
  • Add peanuts and saute.
  • When it starts changing colour, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, channa dal, udad dal, dry red chilly and roast it till the dals turn golden in colour. 
  • Add asafoetida. 
  • Strain the tamarind and jaggery mixture and add the tamarind water.
  • Mix well and allow it to cook on slow flame. 
  • Add turmeric, puliyogare powder and salt and mix it well.
  • You can add a little water and let it cook on a slow flame till all the raw smell is gone. 
  • Now, add the cooked rice and mix it well with the masalas.
  • Serve hot.


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