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Monday, February 27, 2012


Puliyodarai (or) Puli sadam is one of the famous and fabulous rice dish prepared in South india. In temple's, after the ritual worship, all the devotees are served with this rice as prasadam. The taste and the aroma is definitely unique from the way we prepare at home, but somehow I have managed to come near to that recipe. 

Roasted powder, this is the main ingredient that gives you a nice flavor to the rice, first start preparing this powder, and then followed by the pulikachal - A thick paste made of tamarind.

For this recipe you need

1 1/2 cups of  tamarind extract from Lemon sized ball 
2 tsp. of chana dal
Handful of roasted peanuts
2-3 red chillies
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tbsp .of roasted powder (recipe shown below)
1/2 tsp. of asafoetida
A spring of curry leaves
1/2 cup of sesame oil

Roasted Powder
For the roasted powder you need

2 tbsp. of chana dal
2 tbsp. of coriander seeds
1/2 tsp. of black pepper
5 - 8 nos. of red chillies (adjust according to your taste)
2 tsp. of sesame seeds
1/2 tsp. of fenugreek seeds

Heat a pan, add sesame seeds, when they start spluttering ,take off from heat.

Heat oil in the same pan, fry all the above said ingredients one by one.

First add the chana dal, when they turn golden brown remove it and keep it aside.

Add coriander seeds and black pepper and fry them well .Keep it aside.

Add red chillies and fry it .

Finally add fenugreek seeds and fry it.

Care should be taken while frying both sesame seeds and fenugreek seeds, keep the flame very low as they tend to burn quickly.

Allow the fried ingredients to cool and grind them to a powder.Store it in a air tight jar



Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds , when they stop spluttering add chana dal and fry it until they turn golden brown

Add curry leaves ,red chillies , roasted peanuts and asafoetida and saute it for a min.

Now pour the tamarind extract carefully, add turmeric powder and salt . Cover and cook until the oil begins to seperate.

Puliyodharai mix or pulikachal  is ready :)

How to mix it with rice.

Add little sesame oil to the cooked rice, allow it to cool.

Add the pulikachal little by little and mix it gentle. check for salt

Finally sprinkle the roasted powder on top . 

Pulisadam or Puliyodarai sadam is ready :)


You can store both the powder and pulikachal, but the shell life for pulikachal is for 20 days.

Sprinkling the roasted powder on top gives a nice aroma to the rice, so don't skip this.

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nisha said...

Bookmarked , loved the powder recipe.

Prathibha said...

i love this rice..very delicious

Vimitha Anand said...

Nice recipe for travel...

Chandrani said...

Tangy yummy rice.

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Chitra said...

My fav.will post my version soon :)

faseela said...

wow....yummy n tangy rice......superb

Rekha shoban said...

i also make the paste and store....whenever required i will mix it with rice...yummy rice n perfect for lunchbox!

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

Aaah!! My favorite rice....yummy!! :)

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Hema said...

The pulikachal picture looks so good, one of my favorite mixed rices..


sounds too good, love it anytime! Now feeling very tempted to have it!

jeyashrisuresh said...

Very nicely done. love to have anytime

Sutapa said...

Both the recipes are very interesting and I am sure it will add delicious flavor and taste to the rice! A must try for me!

Aarthi said...

Yummy recipe..bookmarked


kitchen queen said...

mouth watering puliyodharai

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

My all time fav. Looks so good. This is a flavorful rice which all the south Indian would relish! So am I. YUM!

Sravs said...

This is my all time favorite !! looks very tasty !!

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Anu said...

Yum and tangy rice

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Tangy delicious rice...

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

nice award is on my space please collect it

Srimathi said...

Don't know whats happening but I am looking at a lot of puli based recipes and yours tops it all. I love puli sadam and I have never tried to make it from scratch. Looks delicious.Nice !

sangee vijay said...

so flavorful and yummy recipe...rice looks more tempting!!
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Pasta And Paratha said...

One of my favorite South Indian rice!

Sobha Shyam said...

so yummy n tangy comfort food

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Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

My favorite rice !! Love your homey preparation !!

Rachana said...

Thats such a delicious and tangy rice.

Pari said...

I liked your Puliyodharai mix, it's quite different from what I make. You can send this to my new event.



Prabhamani said...

Love this rice..Nice preparation!!Very neat pics :)

Sriya said...

You have a few awards waiting at my space. Do collect them dear.. very yummy puli sadam ... yena idi romba pudikyum...

Lavi said...

pulikachal looks too good! Nice recipe!

zareena said...

This is my favorite rice. Thanks for sharing ..

maha said...

looking great.......iam sure it tastes just awesome....

rekhas kitchen said...

Very traditional recipe and my favorite too.


Owhhhhh no! Looks like I need some puliyotharai tempting! :)

Sowmya said... favorite puliyodarai...the perfect recipe!

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radha said...

This is an all-time favourite. Will make this powder right away.

Anzz said...

This recipe is bookmarked. I love the flavors in this one..!

Abhishekwords said...

nice stuff...

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Nilu A said...

Wow! Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing Aruna :-)