Pulihora is a delicacy which brings me back to the temples of Andhra.I have been fortunate to visit so many of them down South.
It also reminds me of Ganesh chaturthi pandals.The atmosphere so divine and energy so electric.I have been fortunate to stay in Ukkunagaram steel plant,Vizag.Every festival was celebrated with equal enthusiasm and fervor.Rice is a staple down south.
Simple yet the most tastiest.
Puliyodare or Puliyogare is a common preparation down South.Very popular delicacy in Andhra,Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.It is a simple rice preparation but full of tangy tamarind flavor.The crunch of lentils makes it very tasty.Nowadays paste or mix is available everywhere.However it tastes better when we make it from scratch.
Pulihora is of many types: nimmakaya (lemon rice) and chintapandu (tamarind) and aava pettina (where we add fresh mustard paste).I love the way simple ingredients are used in South India.The bland rice comes out so beautifully without the addition of too much spices.
Basic ingredients can help you create wonderful meals.
Specially now with quarantine and less market trips to find veggies.
Tip: You can also use the left over rice with this tamarind mix.
Serve it for brunch or easy dinner.
Vegan and gluten-free and an easy meal when you are hard pressed for time during deadlines.
How to make pulihora?
- Saute peanuts,keep it aside.
- Now,temper lentils,mustard,chillies,curry leaves in some oil.
- Add lentils and spices.
- Now,add tamarind pulp and stir.
- Add rice and mix well.Garnish with peanuts.Serve hot.
Read the Pulihora-Tamarind rice recipe
Travel tip: Temples to visit in Andhra Pradesh/Telangana
Sri Venkateswara Temple - Tirumala,Tirupati.
Chilkur Balaji - Best known as Visa temple, Hyderabad.
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy vari Devastanam - Annavaram.
Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Simhachalam,Visakhapatnam.
Kanaka Mahalaxmi temple,Vijayawada.
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple,Srisailam.
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