Puliodharai (Tamarind Rice)

Tamarind Rice or Puliodharai, as called in Tamil , is an authentic South Indian recipe.

The prominent flavor is of the tamarind and spices.



  • Boiled Rice (1 bowl)
  • Peanuts (2 tbsp)
  • Chilly powder (1 tsp)
  • Tamarind pulp (thick, 5 tsp)
  • Green chilly (1, chopped)
  • Urad dal/ Black gram (broken, 1 tbsp)
  • Mustard seeds (1 tsp)
  • Jaggery (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder ( 1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander powder (1 tbsp)
  • Oil (3 tbsp)
  • Red chilly (3)
  • Bengal gram/ Channa dal (1 tbsp)
  • Salt as per taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal/black gram, channa dal/bengal gram,  curry leaves, red chilly, peanuts and saute.
  2. Add red chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, tamarind pulp, water and saute.
  3. Add jaggery, salt and mix well.
  4. Add boiled rice into the mixture and mix everything together.

Tamarind rice is ready to be served hot.

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4 thoughts on “Puliodharai (Tamarind Rice)”

  1. Hari Chandana

    Wowwwwwwww.. This is my fav recipe.. looks really good and tempting. .awesome job !!
    Indian Cuisine

    1. Glad you liked it. It is an authentic recipe of the south. nope i do not belong to TN. Thanks for your feedback.

  2. I did it! Pretty quick to do. I don’t have the fried dal down, but other than that, it tastes great. Thank you for the video. It makes all the difference in learning how to cook. Blessings, Ana

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