Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pulihora/ Chintapandu Pulihora/ Tamarind Rice

                              Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous Deepavali .

 "Tamarind pulp is cooked with tempering, peanuts and little jaggery and then added to cooked rice ."

Pulihora is a traditional Andhra dish made during most festivals. It tastes divine with the sourness from the tamrind pulp,spicyness from the green and red chillies, crunch from the peanuts, chanadal and urad dals and curry leaves.
                   The first time I made pulihora was for a trip after my marriage. Mr.IB asked me to make pulihora for the trip we were gonna make to Hilton head islands from Atlanta. Called up amma and she guided me through the recipe and it was a hit.

Ingredients for cooking rice:
Raw rice                                   1&1/2 cups
Chana dal                                 1/4 cup+ 1 tbsp
Urad dal                                    1 tbsp
Mustard seeds                           1&1/2 tsps
Jeera                                          1&1/2 tsps
Hing                                           1/2 tsp or more
Turmeric                                    1 tsp
Curry leaves                             10-12 leaves
Methi seeds                              6-8
Jaggery                                     1/2 tbsp or a little less
Dried red chillies                        6
Green chillies                             5 slit
Tamarind                                   a big lemon sized, soaked and pulp extracted
Salt                                           to taste
Oil                                           1/4 cup

  • Cook rice with 1/4 cups of chana dal and 1 tsp oil. Spread on a plate and let it cool.
  • Heat 1/4 cup of oil and when hot, add methi seeds, mustard, jeera, dried red chillies, 1 tbsp of chana dal, urad dal, peanuts and fry till light brown.
  • Add green chillies and curry leaves fry for 2 mins.
  • Add the tamarind pulp, jaggery, salt and cook till the oil separates.
  • Add to the cooked and cooled rice and mix well.Adjust salt.
  • Serve with yogurt to make it a complete meal.
  • Enjoy!!!!
Let the pulihora sit for aleast an hour before you serve it. This gives time for all the flavors to combine and bring out the best taste.


divya said...

looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...

Uma said...

Looks so tempting and delicious. Happy Diwali to you too!!
Uma@Trendy Relish

Pranati Nath said...

wooawww...yummmm...first time to you blog and you have a very lovely space visit my space when u find time...

Unknown said...

I like such quick fix rice dishes. looks delicious.

Vidhya Subramony said...

I'm following your blog! It has great recipes! Visit my blog when you can

Srivalli said...

Bhagi, good to see you on the ICC, it's been a long join us..:)..pulihora is my all time fav..looks great..

Bhagi said...

Thanks :)

Thanks you :)

@Pranati Nath
Thank you :)

@Divya Vikram
Thank you:)

@Vidhya Subramony
Thank You:)

Thank you ...will join in :)

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