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How to Make Puliyogare or Tamarind Rice

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Puliyogare with carrot cubes

Puliyogare with carrot cubes

Tangy and Spicy Tamarind Rice in 10 minutes!

If you have some cooked rice left in your kitchen, you can make an awesome tamarind rice or puliyogare in 10 minutes. To make this dish, you need basic ingredients like grated coconut, curry leaves, peanuts, oil, a bit sugar, and puliyogare masala.

You can buy puliyogare mix from the Indian grocery store in your area. Preserve this masala in your refrigerator so that you can make tamarind rice whenever you desire. When buying the masala, check to see whether it contains oil and salt. If it already has both of these, there is no need to add them while making the rice. And you won't necessarily need to add any later.

I get puliyogare masala without oil and salt. This gives me the freedom to use oil of my choice and also to use the quantity I wish to add to the recipe.

To make puliyogare more tasty and healthy, I use grated carrots or carrot cubes. They blend very well with the tamarind rice. You can pack tamarind rice for your office or picnic. It stays awesome even when it's cold.

Let me share the detailed recipe now.

Puliyogare with grated carrots

Puliyogare with grated carrots

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

Serves four people


  • 1 1/2 cups white rice, cooked al dente
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots, or cubed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil, use less oil if your spice mix contains oil
  • 2 tbsp puliyogare mix, store bought, available in Indian stores
  • a fistful peanuts
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 broken dry red chili
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp sugar, optional, to balance the tangy taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt or as per taste, if the spice mix contains salt, no need to add salt

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Puliyogare or Tamarind Rice

  1. Wash rice. Add fresh water and cook till al dente. I cooked rice and carrot cubes in a pressure cooker. Set aside for cooling.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add curry leaves, broken red chilies, and peanuts. Saute till they become crispy.
  3. Add puliyogare mix. Keep the heat very low. I use dry puliyogare powder without oil and peanuts. If your mix contains oil and peanuts, use less oil and peanuts when making puliyogare.
  4. Just stir it once. Add grated carrots. If you are using carrot cubes, cook them with the rice.
  5. Saute for a minute. Add cooked rice. Gently mix them, so that rice doesn't break.
  6. Add grated coconut, salt, and sugar (optional). Mix well. Simmer for 30 seconds. Turn off the stove. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
  7. Yummy tamarind rice is ready! Serve it for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy the taste!