Rice and Spice

Tamarind Rice – Andhra Style

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Pulihora / Puliyogare / Tamarind Rice Recipe – Andhra Style

Andhra style Pulihora is tasty and tangy rice recipe for breakfast and lunch or prasad in Temples. Tamarind rice or popularly known as Pulihora in Telugu is a popular rice recipe in south India. I would strongly suggest prepare the tamarind rice paste in home, at list try ones:

Pulihora / Puliyogare / Tamarind Rice

Pulihora / Puliyogare / Tamarind Rice


  • Cooked Rice – 1 Cup
  • Oil – 4 tsp
  • Mustard – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilies Broken – 1
  • Jeera/Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 2 Sprigs
  • Channa Dal – ½ tsp
  • Handful Peanuts
  • Urad Dal – ½ tsp
  • Hing –  ¼ tsp
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Handful of Tamarind ( 4 tsp, tamarind pulp / as per your taste)
  • Green chilies slit – 2
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp( as needed)
  • Jaggery- ½ tsp.


First heat a pan with oil. add channa dal, mustard, urad dal, red chili and jeera. fry till golden. Additionally, add curry leaves. Fry till the red chilies turn till crisp. Now add peanuts and give them good stir next add turmeric, hing, tamarind pulp, jaggery and salt as per taste. Now cook till the mixture thickens for about 15 minutes in medium flame,  now oil should start separating from the mixture. This means the mixture is cooked. In addition, add rice to the mixture and give a good stir, mix well and do not add hot rice. Finally, serve tamarind rice or pulihora with fresh homemade curd or raita as side dish.


Jaggery works as taste enhancer, without adding much sweetness to the rice. Pulihora tastes richt after sitting for a couple of hours from the time of preparation. Puliyogare tastes rich when you cook tamarind on medium flame for minimum of 15 min. if you wish you can also make the paste in advance and store in a fridge, add tadka and mix with rice when required.

How to Store: It is a simple process and you can easily store the paste in air tight container. It may last for a week.

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