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tamarind rice
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Pulihora recipe

temple style pulihora rice is a delicate dish served for prasad. It can also be cooked with left over rice or when you have little or no veggies at home.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: imli rice, pulihora, puliyodre, puliyogre, tamarind rice, tamarind rice temple style, temple pulihora recipe
Servings: 4


  • frying pan
  • saucepan


  • 1.5 cup cooked rice

For tempering

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal or split black gram soaked in hot water for 15 mins and drained
  • 1 tablespoon channa dal or split bengal gram soaked in hot water for 15 mins and drained
  • ¼ cup mungphali or peanuts
  • ¼ cup kaju or cashews optional
  • Generous pinch of heeng or asafoetida (avoid if making glutenfree)
  • 1 teaspoon rai or mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon haldi or turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon adrak or ginger
  • 3 sprigs Kari patta or curry leaves
  • 4 tablespoon imli or tamarind paste
  • 2 dried red chilli
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or jaggery optional
  • salt as per taste


  • Cook rice and keep it aside. Ensure they are not mushy.
  • In a pan,heat oil and and saute peanuts, keep it aside.
  • Add mustard seeds,let it splutter.
  • Add curry leaves followed by chillies and lentils.Let it roast.Add asafoetida ,turmeric,ginger
  • Now add tamarind paste and mix well
  • Add peanuts,rice and mix well
  • Serve hot.


Note : To make the tamarind paste: Add a generous piece of tamarind into a bowl of hot water. Leave it aside for 15 mins and rub it with your hands to mix the pulp. Strain it to remove seeds and store it in refrigerator.