Happy Ganesh Chathurthi! Pulihora

Wish you all a very Happy Ganesh/Vinayaka Chathurthi.It is probably different time that each of us celebrate the Chavithi given that our time zones are different. Regardless, I hope you all get to make the Modakams/Undrallu.

As a kid, I loved going to temples.It is for the most part the Pulihora or the Dadhojanam that attracted me. So much for Spirituality!!The temple Pulihora has a unique flavor and I think it is almost impossible to achieve the same flavor when made at home.This is the closest I have gotten to the temple version.

Pulihora (పులిహోర)/புளியோடரை is a popular South Indian rice dish which is mostly served as Prasadam or Naivedyam in temples. The dish has distinct flavors of Sesame seeds, Peanuts and a tangy flavor from the Tamarind Pulp.
I have adapted this recipe from Cooking with Pedatha.

2 cups Uncooked Rice; I prefer Sona Masoori
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
4 tbsps Sesame Seeds
1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts
Pinch of Hing/Asafoetida Powder
1 cup Thick Tamarind Pulp; I like to microwave a small ball of Tamarind with water for about 3 mins. Then set it aside for 10 min.Squeeze the ball which should be softer to make thick pulp.
1 tbsp Ghee
2 tbsps Oil

1st Tempering

1 tbsp Bengal Gram/Channa Dal
1 tbsp Urad Dal
1 tbsps Mustard Seeds
5 Red Chillies, halved or quartered
4 green chillies, vertically slit
8-10 curry leaves

2nd Tempering
1 tsp Chana dal
1 tsp Urad Dal
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

  • Boil the rice with turmeric powder until soft. Set aside to col down
  • Dry roast the Fenugreek seeds and Sesame seeds separately
  • Grind each of them into a fine powder, separately
  • Heat a tbsp of oil and add the chana dal.
  • Let the chana dal turn golden brown;Add mustard seeds and allow them to pop
  • Add the red chillies, green chillies and curry leaves
  • Fry for a couple of minutes
  • Add the tamarind pulp, hing, fenugreek powder, sesame powder and simmer for about 6 min
  • Add the rice and salt.Combine them well.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil and add the chana dal, urad Dal and Mustard seeds
  • Add the roasted peanuts
  • Stir in the ghee
  • Pour this over the tamarind rice.


Hari Chandana said...

chala bagundandi mee pulihora.. simply inviting.. :)
Indian Cuisine

Reva said...

Pulihora looks yummy ... quite different from the usual:)

Priya said...

Happy Ganesh CHathurthi wishes, pulihora my fav rice,never say no to them..

Priya Sreeram said...

liked your version of my favourite rice ! and happy ganesh chaturthi !

San said...

I rememeber the mtr ad pulihorai puligare :) It's a fav among the variety rice. Classic pulihora. Ganesh chaturthi wishes to you.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Yummy flavourful puliyotharai...looks very tempting

Kalpana Sareesh said...

very yummy n one of my fav..

Kalyan said...

this one looks so mouth-watering and easy to prepare...delicious!

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