How to make Imli Chawal -

A tangy rice dish made with chana and urad dals, infused with the flavours of tamarind pulp. This imli chawal recipe is excellent. Try this rice if you are in a mood of trying something different.

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Main Ingredients : Tamarind (imli) pulp, Cooked rice (पके हुए चावल)

Cuisine : Andhra

Course : Rice

Imli Chawal

Imli Chawal Recipe Card


The cuisine of Andhra Pradesh is reputedly the spiciest of all Indian cuisine. Foods include both the original spicy Andhra cooking and Muslim-influenced Hyderabadi cuisine. Rice is the staple diet and is used in a wide variety of ways.
Hyderabadi cuisine is influenced by the Muslim population, which arrived in Andhra centuries ago. Much of the cuisine revolves around meat. It is rich and aromatic, with a liberal use of exotic spices, ghee, nuts and dry fruits.

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Imli Chawal Recipe

  • Tamarind (imli) pulp 4 tablespoons

  • Cooked rice (cooked with salt and turmeric powder) 3 cups

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Split Bengal gram 1 teaspoon

  • Split skinless black gram 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida a large pi

  • Curry leaves 10-15

  • Green chillies finely chopped 2

  • Dried red chillies broken into large pieces 2

  • Roasted peanuts crushed 1/2 cup

  • Roasted sesame seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds, split black gram and Bengal gram, mix and sauté till the grams turn golden brown. Add the asafoetida, curry leaves, green chillies and red chillies, mix and sauté till fragrant.

Step 2

Stir in tamarind pulp and a little water, mix and cook till the mixture thickens.

Step 3

Add rice, peanuts, sesame seeds and salt and mix gently.

Step 4

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.

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