Saturday, October 27, 2012

Puli Kaichal / Home made Puliyogare / Tamarind Rice | Indian Rice Recipes

Puli Kaichal meaning "boiled tamarind" is one of the ready to eat rice mixes. Puliogare/Puliodharai is known for its long shelf life and is a perfect food for packing during travel. This is DH's favorite and since MIL is here she has been making it quite often. Actually she has been making a lot of her son's favorites.. talk about 'pampering' :). This time I managed some time to click few pictures.
Tamarind (seedless) - 1/4 kg
Gingelly oil - 120 ml
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Mustard seeds - 2 tbsp
Urad dhal - 1 tbsp
Chana dhal - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - a few
Red chillies - 4 broken
Roast and grind:
Coriander seeds - 1 cup
Chana dhal - 2 tbsp
Red chillies - 10
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 twig

Fenugreek - 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds - 1 1/2 tbsp

Soak the tamarind in warm water for about 1 hour and take a thick extract. This enables extraction of more juice. Roast the ingredients in the list one by one. Roast red chillies and asafoetida with a little oil. Let it cool and grind group (1) ingredients and group (2) ingredients separately to a fine powder. Heat oil in a kadai and add the tempering ingredients. When the chana dhal is roasted (about 3-4 mins) add the tamarind extract with 2 cups of water, turmeric powder and salt. Allow it to come to a rolling boil. Now add the ground powders and mix well without lumps. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow it to simmer until the mixture thickens and oil starts oozing out. This may take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Allow it to cool and store in a dry airtight container. Mix with cooked rice as required. This mixed rice keeps well for couple of days in room temperature. The Puliyogare itself keeps good for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. Just make sure you use only dry spoon when mixing.
Sending this tangy concoction to Serve It - Boiled event happening at my space and Denny's.


  1. Just yesterday, I was telling my bff, who is from Delhi, about this!Her hubby was visiting Chennai and could get some... I wished I could get a bottle of this in Dallas and then today morning I see your post!
    I MUST make this. Thank you :)

  2. Puli kachal is definitely very handy. I can survive for many days with this wonderful kaichal.

  3. Very nice and tangy one, quite handy on lazy mornings

  4. very nice and tempting one.. I always keep this in my fridge


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