Iahas-Tamarind rice (Pulihora)

Tamarind rice (Pulihora)

Pulihora or tamarind rice is a popular south Indian dish commonly made at festivals. The rice is flavored with tamarind, turmeric, curry leaves, coriander, ginger, and green chilies. Yellow lentils, roasted sesame seeds powder, and mustard seeds can be added additionally to make the flavor richer.
Good for Vata and Pitta Doshas

Prep Time: 10 Min
Total Time: 30 Min
Serves: 4-5 person(approx)



  1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
  2. When the seeds begin to pop add urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, dried red chili, thing, curry leaves, 2 green chilies, and slightly sauté. You can also add chopped cashew nuts.
  3. Add tamarind paste, turmeric powder, and salt.
  4. Mix well and let it cook covered for 5-7 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove from flame when oil starts separating from the thickened tamarind extract. Keep aside.
  6. Dry roast 1 tsp mustard for 2-3 minutes.
  7. When it cools down blend to a fine powder.
  8. Add cooked rice to the tamarind and spice mix, add salt and mix well.
  9. Sprinkle the mustard powder over the rice and serve.

Serving Suggestion

Can be served with curd for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.


Add curry leaves and dry red chilies after frying other spices.

Check out the Ayurvedic benefits of ingredients used in this recipe

Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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