How to make Pulihora– Andhra style tamarind rice recipe

      We have a lot of Andhra people in our neighbourhood. So whenever I have visited their homes during some get togethers or religious functions, I have always had pulihora.

      Our Aiyengar style puliyodharai is a slightly different recipe, and takes a fairly long time to make the pulikachal. So I have always wondered how they make a huge quantity of pulihora in a short notice and so easily though puliyodharai is easy to make too and the pulikachal is always made quite in advance.

     Once a friend send me a box of this pulihora. She had made with broken rice and it tasted wonderful. I called her and asked for the recipe which she gladly gave me. I also reffered the recipe from Sailu’s kitchen.

    I made this for dinner one day with normal raw rice. We loved it. Its a quick recipe and you can make it easily when you have guests.

 Recipe Courtesy- Sailu’s kitchen

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How to make Pulihora-- Andhra style tamarind rice recipe Yum
  1. Dried red chillies-3-4(I did not add)
  2. Green chillies-2-3 slit
  3. Curry leaves- 2 -3 sprigs
  4. Peanuts-1/4 cup
  5. Asafoetida a pinch
  6. Turmeric powder-1tsp +1tsp
  7. Tamarind-1 lemon sized lump(Soaked in warm water and pulp extracted about 1/2 cup)
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Jaggery-1 small piece or 1tsp
  10. Cook the rice. The grains should be well cooked, yet seperate. Spread it on a plate.
  11. Heat oil in pan.
  12. Add mustard seeds,udid dal and channa dal. When it crackles, add red chillies,peanut and asafoetida and turmeric powder.
  13. Roast the peanuts for a minute.
  14. Add few curry leaves and green chillies.
  15. Add the tamarind pulp.
  16. Add salt and jaggery.
  17. Allow this to boil for 10-15 minutes.
  18. It should be thick flowing paste.
  19. Remove from flame.
  20. Add turmeric powder,curry leaves and little salt to the spread rice and mix well.
  21. (According to my friend, she adds turmeric powder,salt and curry leaves to the rice before cooking )
  22. Add the pulihora paste to the rice.
  23. Mix well and gently.
  24. Serve with some raita,plain curd or papads.
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  1. Yummy n easy puliyothurai

  2. Nice and delicious rice preparation!

  3. Sapana Behl

    Delicious rice recipe!

  4. looks very yum …nicely done

  5. Veena Theagarajan

    nice and quick puliyotharai

  6. jeyashrisuresh

    Love to have this anytime, perfectly made. Wish i would have had this

  7. Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj

    wow super tempting and my favorite…

  8. Our family fav. love it anytime 🙂

  9. I love Andhra rice recipes,Especially Pulihora. Most of the Andhra people Like to have it on Occasions. Thanks for sharing.Best platform for Learners for those who are trying to learn how to can try also Ghee rice.


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