Puliyodarai, Pulihora, Puliyogare, Phulera or simply Tamarind Rice is a common rice preparation in the South Indian. Tamarind rice as the name suggests is made from Tamarind aka Imli and another important ingredient is gur/jaggery. This recipe might not be the actual recipe that South Indians make, but it’s quite close to it. This might be a twisted version of the recipe. Don’t get offended if this is not the “actual recipe”. My mom makes amazing phulera, ah! Yum!
Recently, I asked my Maa to share this recipe of hers as I wanted to make it in my sasural. This recipe is not that popular in North India, but we used to eat it a lot in childhood as this recipe is used as a bhog during utsavs. Anyhow, don’t get scared by the heaviness of its name. It’s easy and quick to make and it’s different from our usual Pulav recipe. If you want a pulav recipe, you can try these. Paneer Tikka Pulav, Tamatar Pulav, Gajar-Matar Pulav, Spicy Corn Pulav.
If you have leftover rice, you can easily make it within minutes. Just small preparation is needed and you are good to go. Tamarind rice has got all the flavors. It’s spicy, it’s tangy and it’s sweet.
Let’s get started and make some yummy tamarind rice.
Tamarind Rice | Leftover rice recipe.
Tamarind Rice is a simple, easy and yummy preparation from leftover rice. It has got this great combination of tamarind and gur. A different twist to your regular rice dishes.
In a deep vessel, add water and salt. Let the water come to a boil then add soaked rice. Let the rice cook and once done, strain the water. Let this rice cool down. This is how we usually make rice at home. Nothing fancy or rocket science. Hehe.
Preparing the tadka
In a kadhai, heat oil. Once heated add rai, jeera, Tez patta, dried red chilies, cashew nuts, and peanuts. Sauté till cashews and peanuts become golden brown in color. Once done add haldi, lal mirch, and garam masala. Now mix the imli chutney + water mixture and let it come to a boil.
Add the cooked rice to the tadka. Mix gently so that rice doesn't get broken. Add salt and coriander leaves.
- You can adjust the masalas according to your taste and preference.
- Make it spicy, tangy and sweet according to your taste.
- You can always make gur/tamarind paste at home or mix it separately in the recipe but I have used the readymade imli chutney and have added water to make it thin.