Friday, February 27, 2009

Pulihora (Tamarind Rice)

Pulihora, a traditional dish of Southern Indians, flavored with aromatic spices and curry leaves.

Ingredients: 2 cups raw rice (cook such that each grain is separate, spread to cool)
1/2 tsp turmeric,15-20 fresh curry leaves,salt to taste,large lemon sized tamarind (soak in a cup of hot water and extract pulp), 1 tsp jaggery, 1 tbsp channa dal, 1 tbsp urad dal, 1 tsp teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 3-4 medium dry red chilli, 4-5 green chillis slit length wise,
1/4 tsp asafoetida, 2fistfuls roasted peanuts, 3tbps.oil,

Powder: 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, 1/2tsp. mustard seeds, 2whole dry red chilli, 1/2 tsp.methi seeds, heat a pan and dry roast these ingredients and make them into a fine powder.

Heat the oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add dry red chillis, cumin seeds, channa dal, urad dal and fry for a minute till light brown. Next add the slit green chillis, asafoetida and few curry leaves and fry for a few seconds. Add the tamarind extract and jaggery and cook till the raw smell of tamarind disappears, approx 15 min. It will be a like a thick flowing paste. Remove from heat, Now add the tamarind mix to the rice and combine well such that its spread all over the rice. Adjust salt. Finally sprinkle the roasted sesame seeds powder and roasted peanuts and combine well and serve's the true delicacy of the southern house hold.

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