Puliyodharai Sadam is the famous Tamarind rice dish from Tamil Nadu, India. It is made with tangy thick paste mixed with plain rice. This is a recipe from my mom who usually adds a little jaggery to the Pulikaichal paste which gives a tangy taste to it..
- 2 TBSP Large tamarind
- 1 tbsp Chana Dal
- 2 tbsp Raw Groundnuts
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
- 3 Dried Red Chillies
- 1 tbsp Jaggery (powdered)
- Salt to taste
- Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
- 2 cups raw rice
- curry leaves - 1 sprig
- 3 tbsp Sesame Oil
Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup warm water for 30 minutes. Mash it nicely with your hands in the water. Drain the water in a separate cup by removing the pulp.
Pressure cook rice with 4+1/2 cup water. Spread the cooked rice on a plate.
Heat a pan with oil. Add mustard seeds and let it crackle.
Add raw peanuts and chana dal and roast nicely.
Now add asafoetida, red chillies, curry leaves and stir for a minute.
Add tamarind water, jaggery and let it simmer till it gets thickened to form a paste.
Add the cooked rice and salt to taste. Mix it well and tamarind rice is ready.