Puliodharai Biryani Rice

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Puliodharai is a famous South Indian dish! The tangy flavor of tamarind and the aroma of kadi patta is just superb.I am not a South Indian but when i was a kid i used to go to my mom's office sometimes and there was a south Indian aunty and she was my favorite 😀 because whenever i used to come with my mom in her office she used to make this special tamarind rice for me 😉 and i love to go to my mom's office whenever i get a chance 😛 Those days became a sweetest memory for me as she got retired and i got married!But still those tamarind rice was still on my mind and finally i nailed it with the same beautiful flavors and now its my daughter's favorite 🙂 I have served this rice with a flavorful chutney which is little sweet and sour and it is just balancing the taste of sourness of rice with a little sweetness and spiciness of the chutney!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 3


  • For tamarind rice - Simple boiled rice - 2 cups
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Onions - 2 medium thinly sliced
  • Peanuts - 2 tbsp
  • Kadi Patta curry leaves- 5 to 6 leaves (wash them first with water)
  • Brown Mustard Seeds rai - 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind water - 1 cup soak the tamarind pulp in 1 cup of water for half an hour strain it and store that tamarind water
  • Red dry chilies - 5 to 6
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Red chili powder as per taste
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Dry mango powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp


  • Take a wok add oil in it and let it heat properly. Add brown mustard seeds curry leaves and dry red chilies let it crackle. Add peanuts and chana daal fry them till they turn little crispy.
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  • Add sliced onions and fry them also. Now add salt,turmeric powder,red chili powder,sugar and coriander powder and mix it well(do this on a low flame otherwise the peanuts and chana daal can get burnt)
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  • Now add the boiled rice in the wok . Pour the tamarind water on the rice and mix it very gently so that the rice should not break .
  • Lastly add some dry mango powder and again mix it well. Your Puliodharai/Tamarind rice is ready to be served.

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