Puliyogare Recipe | Easy Tamarind Rice Recipe

Puliyogare Recipe - Make this traditional Karnataka dish with this easy recipe
Puliyogare Recipes

Puliyogare Recipe – is a traditional Karnataka Rice dish that will change your opinion of Tamarind as a main ingredient.

This South Indian recipe can be a breakfast dish, as an option for Lunch or even Dinner. It is a no-fuss Rice recipe that is easy on the palate and on the stomach. It can eaten as-is or paired with fresh Yogurt or even Potato Chips to improve the fun-factor of the dish.

Puliyogare goes by these names:
  • Tamarind Rice – English
  • Puliyodharai – Tamil
  • Puli Sadam – Tamil
  • Pulihora – Telugu
Puliyogare Tamarind Rice Recipe
Puliyogare is a simple but tasty Indian Rice recipe
What’s unique about Puliyogare?

The unique factor about this dish is the paste that is made out of Tamarind – it’s called as Puliyogare Gojju in Kannada or Puli Kachal in Tamil. You can make the Gojju once and store for a long time.

It’s easy to make Puliyogare after this, by just mixing the Tamarind paste with fresh (but cooled Rice) and creating a delicious Tamarind Rice everytime.

This a great recipe for beginners and newbies to Indian cooking (and more specifically South Indian or Karnataka cuisine).

Puliyogare Recipe | Easy Tamarind Rice Recipe 1
Peanuts are the best topping for Puliyogare. Photo: Wikipedia

You’ll find Puliyogare being served in a Karnataka festive meal or a wedding meal (also in Andhra festive meals) and is often served as Prasadam in Hindu temples.

Memories of Puliyogare!

Tamarind in Indian cooking has been that of a flavor enhancer. It is typically used to build a base tangy tart flavor but Puliyogare is perhaps one of those rare dishes where the full flavor of Tamarind is converted into a Tamarind Rice format.

Our fond memory of Puliyogare is that we used to encounter that in our Lunch boxes packed to school. Seriously, Puliyogare is a great option for those Tiffin boxes and Lunch boxes. 

What makes it extremely likeable is not just the taste of the Tamarind paste (sometimes powder) that is mixed with the Rice but also the addition of peanuts in the Tamarind rice. As kids, we used to love finishing the peanuts first in the Puliyora before we consumed the rice.

Recipe for Puliyogare, below

So we present here a simple recipe to make tasty Puliyogare at home. Just make sure to not overook the rice – otherwise when mixed with the Puliyogare paste, the rice will tend to stay in big chunks which cannot be split. Puliyogare when paired with overcooked Rice is not a great combination.


Puliyogare Recipes

Tamarind Rice Recipe

Puliyogare Recipe - Make this traditional Karnataka dish with this easy recipe
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 piece Tamarind Little more than big lemon sized
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 4 nos. Green chillies long thin variety
  • 6 nos. Red chillies
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/2 cup Small onions
  • 3 1/2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Groundnuts roasted

For the Masala Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Chana Dal Bengal Gram Dal
  • 8 nos. Peppercorns optional
  • 1 pinch Fenugreek powder Methi powder
  • 8 nos Red chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kala Chana Dal Black Gram Dal

For the seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Kala Chana Dal Black Gram Dal
  • 1 teaspoon Bengal Gram Dal
  • 1 tablespoon Broken Cashewnuts
  • 5 nos Curry leaves

How to make:

  • Cook rice till half done.
  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Separate the grains.
  • Soak tamarind in two to three cups of water and then extract juice from it.
  • Strain and keep aside.
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a deep kadai and add asafoetida and then red chillies (whole).
  • Fry till chillies become black in colour.
  • Pour tamarind extract into this kadai.
  • Keep stirring constantly till tamarind extract reduces in its volume till a thick pulp.
  • Add enough salt to that and remove from fire.
  • Add required quantity in this to the previously cooked rice with powdered ingredients (ingredients that were grounded to a masala powder).
  • Fry the seasoning in oil and pour over.
  • Add more salt if necessary.
  • Mix well and serve.
  • Garnish with cut coriander leaves.
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When should Puliyogare be had?

We’ve generally had this for a simple breakfast but this can be a good dish for Lunch as well (or Lunch-boxes).

Can ready-made Puliyogare powders be had instead of this?

We generally wouldn’t recommend it. We’ve had several ready-to-mix Puliyogare powders but they just cannot replace the authenticity of home-made Puliyogare Gojju or Puli Kaachal. The recent one tried was too sweet that it just spoilt the Puliyogare for us.

What side-dishes can I have with Puliyodarai?

Puliyogare can be had without a side-dish, but we would definitely recommend Yogurt/Curd (non-sour). It balances out the sourness of the Tamarind rice which some people don’t like. But Khara Boondi or a Mixture topping will also jazz up the dish.

Can I use any other nuts instead of Peanuts?

Peanuts bring their own flavor (after it’s seasoned). We recommend that you preserve the authenticity of the dish by using only peanuts but if you are a little adventurous add roasted cashews and maybe some Pistachois.

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