Andhra Pulihora

Pulihora/Tamarind Rice

Andhra Pulihora

Pulihora/Tamarind Rice

Category : Vegetarian, Rice

By Vaishnavi Lakshmi

Published On: 06 Mar 2006

Rating: 4
8 Votes, 7 Reviews
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40 Minutes
Served : 10
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Step 1

Soak Bengal gram in water for 30 mins.

Step 2

Mix this soaked dal with washed and drained rice.

Step 3

Pressure cook it with 12 cups of water.

Step 4

Rinse the tamarind and soak it in 1 cup of water for 30 mins or microwave it for 7 mins with 1 cup of water.(total extract will measure to 1.5cup).

Step 5

Extract the pulp of it and keep aside.

Step 6

Heat oil in a pan.

Step 7

Add Bengal gram, black gram and 1 tbsp of mustard seeds.

Step 8

Once they splutter, add roasted grounduts and cashews and saute for a while.

Step 9

Add cumin seeds, ginger, green chillies, red chillies and curry leaves and saute for a while.

Step 10

Add the tamarind pulp and saute for another 2 mins.

Step 11

Cover and cook for 8 mins on medium flame, until the oil separates.

Step 12

Add sugar, salt and turmeric and switch off the stove.

Step 13

Grind together 1 tbsp of mustard seeds, 1 red chilly and asafoetida(optional) and keep aside.

Step 14

Mix together the pressure cook dal-rice mixture with the sauteed masala.

Step 15

Add the ground mixture to the above and mix well.

Step 16

:- Rice should not be sticky. Adjust the water as per your rice quality. Sometimes, rice may need little/more water for cooking. For better results, add few drops of lemon juice or oil to the rice while cooking.
:- Add as much curry leaves for better flavour.
:- This can be stored in a refrigerator for 1 week.
:- I use exact measures of the ingredients as mentioned above everytime. Please adjust the chillies and salt as per your taste.
:- Pulihora recipe is ready.


good recipe, can store in fridge & use as long as 2 weeks...great for bachalors also...goes well with coconut chutney, boiled egg etc


Very good recipe!


Very good recipe.


Excellent recipe with perfect ratios!Keep posting such good recipes!thanq!


Hi Lakshmi, This is a very good recipe.I prepared this recipe last week and we all liked it a lot.Thanq! Smitha


hi, This is a wonderful easy go recipe... me and my hubby liked it a lot. Do post some recipes like this short and easy to make.. Thanks


If the measurement of tamarind in the form of juice or paste is also given it would be more helpful. The rest is all well given. Thankyou for such a good recipe.

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