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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  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. Mahimaa's kitchen

    puliyodharai looks awesome soumya… wonderful!

  3. Two days back I made it 2 🙂 Ur version is little different, Looks yummy!

  4. Taste of Mysore

    Yummy Puliyodarai Sowmya..it looks soo good in the picture..

  5. looks perfect, i love this 🙂

  6. Pulihora is my favorite one and it looks heavenly…..

  7. Priya Suresh

    WOW am a die hard fan of puliyodharai..they looks really tempting..

  8. srikars kitchen

    Looks delicious… perfect pics…

  9. Pulyodharai looks delicious. It always reminds me of travel, since it makes an ideal food to carry with.

  10. With some papadam on the side, this is one of my favourite dishes. Homemade pulikachal is in a class of its own.

  11. That looks perfect Sowmya.. you are so right about the yumminess of puliyodharai.

  12. Girl, that reminds me so much of the temple puliodharai! Yum

  13. Looking yummy …pics are so nice dear

  14. i always love this dish.. it one of my fav.. good one

  15. Lubna Karim

    Mouth watering. Yummy and tempting.

  16. luv it sowmya…i do it very often!

  17. good one :). I love puliogray thats the way I call it 🙂

  18. Wow this looks perfect…have never tried pullikachal from scratch, have bookmarked will try soon 🙂

  19. mmm. yummy tamarind rice! Perfect like in temples.

  20. Divya Vikram

    Comfort food!

  21. pulikachal looks delicious,this is a new recipe for me,will try it for sure..

  22. Comes out perfect Sowmya..I can eat this at anytime

  23. Wawwwiii….It’s my all time fav..Both pulikaichal and puliyadharai lookss yummy and mouthwatering.

  24. this one is my favorite

  25. Purva Desai

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

  26. 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!!!!

  27. Vandana Rajesh

    This puliodharai looks yummy. Just can’t wait.

  28. Ramya Vijaykumar

    Wow,, to be very honest I sometimes go to the temple to get Pulihora… your look great

  29. this is a great dish… nice recipe and a the pic loooks nice


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