Pulikachal and puliyodharai

Puliyodharai is often made as prasadam/offering to god in most of the temples in Tamilnadu. I remember having hot puliyodharai after some pooja in a temple in my village. It tasted just superb in the cold midnight.

I have always loved puliyodharai but never tried making on my own as I thought it was a long process. I always used the readymade MTR puliyogarai packets or the grand sweets pulikachal mix.

But recently, I tried making it and found the process so easy that now this is a regular thing in my home. I made this on fourth day of navrathri along with sundal (will be posting later) when I had some guests at home. It tasted great. So this is how I made.

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Pulikachal and puliyodharai Yum
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
To grind-
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
To grind-
  1. Roast all the ingredients and grind them to a fine powder.
  2. Rice - 2 cups
  3. Sesame oil- 1tbsp
  4. Roast and grind the powder as mentioned above.
  5. Soak the tamarind in 2-3 glasses of hot water.squeeze out the pulp and discard the rest of the tamarind. It should be very watery like rasam.
  6. Heat oil in a pan. Fry mustard seeds, groundnuts,channa dal,chillies ,asafoetida and curry leaves.
  7. Pour tamarind water carefully. Add the turmeric powder and jaggery. Cook in low flame till it thickens.It will take 30 minutes.
  8. Add the ground powder. Mix and allow to cook for few minutes. Stir till it forms a thick paste.
  9. You can store it for even a week or two.
For Puliyodharai-
  1. Cook rice in a pressure cooker. The grains should be seperate.Add a tablespoon of hot sesame oil with the pulikachal as required. Mix and serve.
  2. Serve with curd and appalams/papad. I love this combo.
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29 thoughts on “Pulikachal and puliyodharai”

  1. Hey Sowmya,Omg,pulikachal…The best food in the world for me is rice with pulikachal…Got to prepare n store it…Very good one…

  2. I have never heard abt Pulikachal….but looks really mouth watering…..
    How does it looks?? need to checkout in asian stores here

  3. Nice step by step instructions….i make the paste a day before and refrigerate and use whenever i wanted…..thats a easy way…….
    Happy navrathri sowmya!!!!

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