Pulihara (Tamarind Rice)

It is not only tamarind but some other ingredients together make this rice ever so flavourful This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Pulihara (Tamarind Rice)

Main Ingredients Rice, Tamarind
Cuisine Karnataka
Course Rice
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 21-25 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Pulihara (Tamarind Rice)

  • 3 cups Rice cooked
  • 1 medium Tamarind tamarind
  • 3 teaspoons Sesame oil (til oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Split Bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 1 teaspoon Split black gram (urad dal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame seeds (black)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 6 Dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 6-7 Curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Raw peanuts
  • to taste Salt


  1. Soak the tamarind in some water and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a non-stick pan. Add Bengal gram, fenugreek seeds, black gram, sesame seeds and coriander seeds, mix and sauté till seeds crackle. Break 4 red chillies and add, sauté for a minute. Remove from heat, cool and grind into a fine powder.
  3. Take the rice in a bowl. Squeeze the tamarind pulp in it and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Heat remaining sesame oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and let the seeds splutter.
  5. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida, curry leaves, remaining red chillies and peanuts, mix well and sauté on high heat.
  6. Add prepared powder, mix well and cook on low heat for a minute. Add the tamarind rice, mix well and cook for a minute.
  7. Add salt, mix well and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve hot.