Pulihora is a common rice preparation in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. As Hindus consider turmeric powder a symbol of auspiciousness, Pulihora is usually cooked on special occasions and festive days. It is also given as prasadam in some temples.


Rice 1/2 kg

Green chillies : 6

Ginger :1tsp

Curry leaves : 1 bowl

Tamarind : 6tsp

Oil : 1/4 bowl

Salt as per the taste

Turmeric powder : 1 tsp

Ground nuts : 25 gms

Chanadal : 2 tsp

Urad Dal : 1 tsp

Mustard seeds : 1 tsp

Kashmiri Chillies : 3 pieces


Cook 1/2 kg rice in cooker

cut green chillies, ginger.

Take cooked rice in a vessel, add litle curry leaves, 1tsp salt, add 1 tsp oil to turmeric powder and mix all these into cooked rice

Heat 1/4th bowl oil in a pan, add ground nuts and red chillies let them fry, separate them from oil, add to rice

Add 2 tsp channa dal to oil, let it fry till golden colour, now add 1 tsp Urad dal, 1&1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds, Green chillies, 1 tsp ginger pieces, 2 stems curry leaves

Add 6-8 tsp Tamarind paste (1 pinch sugar or Jaggery added if necesarry), 2 tsp salt and keep it for 1 minute

Mix the ingredients to rice thoroughly

This Tamarind Pulihora is ready to be served. You can have it as breakfast or as a special item on festivals

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