Pulihora Recipe | Tamarind rice recipe

Tamarind rice or Pulihora in Telugu and Puliyodharai in Tamil is a very popular South Indian dish. It is usually made during festivals, and is also given as prasadam in many South Indian temples. It is a very simple rice preparation and is ideal for taking in lunch boxes.

Pulihora/Puliyodharai/Tamarind Rice Recipe

The basic method of preparation of tamarind rice is the same throughout south India, but there may be variations in the way it is made depending on the region.
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 443 kcal
Author Gayatri Vivek


  • 1 cup Tamarind Juice (extracted from tamarind soaked in water (Refer photo))
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 2 tsp Rai
  • 2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 2 pinch Hing
  • 2 tbsp Groundnuts
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 4 Red Chillies
  • 2 sprigs Curry Leaves


  1. The main ingredient of this recipe is tamarind.

    Tamarind for Pulihora Reipe
  2. Collect all the ingredients required for making pulihora.

    Pulihora Recipe Ingredients
  3. Wash the rice thoroughly. Add 4 cups water and cook it in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.

  4. In a pan, heat oil. Add rai, urad dal and hing.

  5. When the rai splutters, add groundnuts. Let it fry for a couple of minutes.

    peanuts for Pulihora Reicpe
  6. Then add green chillies, red chillies, and curry leaves.

    Pulihora Recipe
  7. After all the ingredients got fried, remove them from pan and keep aside. This is to keep the curry leaves crisp.

  8. In the same pan, add the tamarind juice and let it cook for 5 minutes. The raw smell and taste should go.

    How to make Pulihora
  9. Then add the fried ingredients to the tamarind juice.

    Pulihora Recipe step by step
  10. By now the rice would be ready in the cooker. Add the cooked rice and salt and mix well. If the rice is very hot, do not mix immediately. It will get very sticky. Spread the rice over the tamarind mixture and wait for it to cool. Then mix well. Tamarind rice is ready.

    Pulihora Recipe
  11. If you feel the rice is very dry you can add 2 tsp of sesame oil to add the taste and texture to the dish.

  12. Serve with papad.

    Puliyodharai Recipe / Tamarind Rice Recipe


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