Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tamarind Rice/Puzhiyodarai

I go bonkers hearing the word "Tamirind rice".If we go to any temple and the prasadham happens to be a tasty  puzhiyodharai I just go :D:D. This is my first attempt to make this rice from scratch and it came out very well and I'm sure this is going to be a regular dish here afterwards.





This is my mom's recipe and this requires two steps :
  • Making the puzhikachal ,which is a paste and can be stored for a month without refrigeration.
  • Making the rice with the puzhiyodarai and few ingredients.

Step 1 - Making of puzhikachal(Spicy tamarind sauce)

Ingredients
  • 250-300 gms of tamarind
  • 4 tbsp of channa dal(kadala paruppu)
  • 4 tbsp of coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp pepper corns
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds(I didn't have any..so didn't use)
  • 8 red chillies (depends on your spice level)
  • a tsp of jaggery
  • hing
  • Mustard
  • urad dal
  • 4 red chillies
  • broken peanuts
  • gingelly oil(nallennai)
Pre-cooking
  • Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice to its fullest and keep aside.
Method
  • Dry roast all the ingredients highlighted in yellow color and grind them to a fine powder.
  • Heat liberal amount of oil in the kadai and temper with the the items highlighted in green.
  • Now add the tamarind extract.
  • Add enough water with the salt and jaggery.
  • Bring it to a nice boil. You might get little splattering here and there depending on your kadai.
  • Now add the ground mixture to this and turn off the heat once the mixture solidifies to a thick paste.
  • The consistency should be like the tamarind extract you get in the grocery store.
  • Finally add roasted peanuts to this mixture.
  • This is the Puzhikachal.
  • Put it into an airtight container and store it in normal temperature.


Step 2 -Making of the rice

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of boiled raw rice or basmati rice
  • puzhikachal
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • curry leaves
  • mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp of channa dal
  • few broken cashews(optional)
  • 1 tbsp of vendhayam(fenugreek seeds
Method

  • When the rice is hot, add a tsp of gingelly oil and turmeric powder, mix well and keep aside to cool.

  • After cooling, add the required amount of puzhikachal and gently stir it.

  • Incase your salt is little less do not worry, just add as required.

  • Temper the ingredients highlighted in green color and add to the rice.

  • Dry roast the fenugreek seeds and grind to a fine powder.

  • Add it finally and mix the rice well.

  • Tasty puzhiyodarai is ready to be eaten.
Serving suggestions
  • Goes well with chips or mixture or vada.
  • Best food for picnics or on a busy day.
Tips
  • Fenugreek seeds is the main ingredient for the Tamarind rice.It is a must.
  • If you want you can add them while making the puzhikachal itself.
  • Using of Gingelly oil gives a wonderful flavour. I would not recommend using any other oil :)
  • Ensure that the rice is not overboiled and is in the right consistency.

22 comments:

  1. Looks so tangy and perfect..my fav...

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  2. Rice looks so delicious and perfect...never tried it...tempting!!found something to impress hubby..;-))

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  3. I can have this tamarind rice anytime..my fav one..

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  4. tamarind rice looks mouthwatering..yumm yumm

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  5. We too feel that way of puliodarai...cant get enough of it :) lovely presentation!

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  6. Looks delicious and perfect !

    First time here you have a lovely space...

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  7. I've never cooked with tamarind, only eaten it out at restaurants in various dishes. Now you've got me thinking about my next trip to the Asian market!

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  8. Tamarind rice looks awesome dear. I go bonkers for tamarind rice in those little cups they give in the temple. Looks delicious!

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  9. I have 2 versions of Tamarind rice, one my MIL's and another Mom's its always fun having prasadh at temple splly tamarind rice... yours looks just like the onces served @ temples!! Yummy!!!

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  10. Tamarind rice luks yummy. my hubbby love this..:)

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  11. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Tamarind rice looks really delicious.

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  12. Superb! Neat way to present the recipe! I like this! And puliyogare is all time fav for me!

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  13. Perfect Puliyodharai. Loved ur version of making it. I too prepare the same way and its a long time since I made at home. Thanks for reminding me :):)

    Chitchat
    http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

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  14. Tamrnd rice luks perfect&delicious!!!

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  15. nice blog here..i would do anything for puliyodharai. looks yummy :)

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  16. Love tamarind rice...it is my go-to recipe whenever I feel dull...the spice never fails to pick me up!

    Thanks for visitng my space...will definitely be following your recipes!

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  17. It is an all time favorite for sure..... I loved it in a temple, where I savored it as prasada.... My brother loves it a lot... He always asks mom for his breakfast..... Now my hubby also likes it....

    Ash.....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  18. Yummy and delicious rice...

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  19. Thanx for visiting my blog...Lov tamarind rice,thanx for the step by step recipe...I had tried with instant mix ,but wasnt even close to the real one,will try ur recipe...

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  20. never tasted or tried this..looks very inviting :)

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  21. Thanks for sharing your mum's recipe! Looks good!

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Gomathy

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