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Ah! The favourite Naivedyam of Gods! Not just that. Along with fresh mango leaves thoranam, the colorful flowers and the scent of incense sticks. Pulihora (Puliodarai, tamarind rice, chitrannam) is a MUST on any auspicious occasion.

Unlike other Prasadams you make like Boorelu, Garelu etc Pulihora does not need to be deep fried, hence healthy too! Also, if you want to give a 'makeover' to yesterday's leftover rice, Pulihora is the thing to do. The transformation from a drab, lifeless rice to the spicy, aromatic bright yellow Pulihora is sure to surprise you and take your breath away!

An added advantage is that it stays till the next day and in fact, tastes better the next morning. This yellow rice, easy to make in large quantities and distribute in packets, makes its appearance in temples as Prasadam, political rallies, Ganesh processions and where not!

By now you must be impatient to know about its preparation, so let's get started.


Rice - 1 cup

Turmeric Powder - 4 tsp

Tamarind Mix:

  • Tamarind - 30 grams
  • Cooking oil - 4 tbsp
  • Groundnut - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard - 1tsp
  • Gram dal - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies (cut) - 2
  • Green chillies (slit) - 3
  • Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  • Turmeric powder - 4 tsp
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste or ~ 3 tsp

Masala mix:

  • Gram dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chillies - 4
  • White sesame seeds - 1 tsp 
  • Hing - 1/4 tsp

Cook one cup rice in 2 cups water. Add one teaspoon oil while cooking so that the rice doesn't become sticky.

Fry 3 tablespoon groundnuts, one teaspoon each of urad dal, chana dal, mustard seeds, 2 red chillies, 3 green chillies, hing and the curry leaves.
Take the tamarind extract, boil it with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric till it thickens and keep aside.

Fry one teaspoon chana dal, one teaspoon urad dal, one teaspoon coriander seeds, 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek or methi seeds and 4 red mirchis.When almost fried, add one teaspoon sesame seeds and 1/4 teaspoon hing and fry. After cooling, powder the above ingredients.
To the cooked rice, add salt, the tamarind pulp, the ground powder and the garnishing and mix thoroughly.

Yeah, the "wonder rice" is ready!

In case all this exhausts you or you want a two minute solution, order for our Pulihora mix.

P.S. We have taken care to provide you with a separate pouch of garnishing to have that crunchy, fresh taste always.

Get it here - https://avakaya.co.in/products/pulihora-mix

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