Pulihora is an authentic andhra recipe made of rice. It is commonly known as tamarind rice, also known as chaddi in areas like vizag and srikakulam area. Pulihora is commonly served as prasadam at temples and it tastes delicious. Pulihora is also known as poor mans feast. You can feel the sour, tangy, spicy taste all in one wonderful dish. Pulihora is a regular at my house for all the festivals. Every time my mom and my mother-in-law prepares, they make a big batch as everyone loves it soo much and we eat for breakfast, brunch, lunch and even dinner. Pulihora is made in difference varities (rice, ravva, lemon, mango).


2 cups cooked rice
1 cup tamarind paste (thick pulp)
6-8 whole dry red chillies
2 Tbsp urad dal
2 Tbsp channa dal
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1/4th cup peanuts
couple of pinches of hing
6-8 green chillies
Curry leaves (fist full)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds (toasted and powdered)
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan on medium flame, add urad dal, channa dal, peanuts, whole red chilles and fry till light golden brown. Add mustard seeds, hing and fry till mustard seeds start to crackle. Add green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric, tamarind pulp, salt and cook for 10-12 mins on medium flame. When the mixture becomes thick, turn off the heat. Add rice and sesame seeds powder and mix well. Adjust the seasoning and serve.

Notes and tips

Sesame seeds powder is optional. You can add ginger also. Add it along with green chillies and curry leaves. If you are allergic to peanuts you can substitiue with cashewnuts. The rice should not become too soft, each grain of the cooked rice should be seperate and rice should be cold. I usually cook rice for pulihora in a rice cooker and spread it in a plate to cool.


16 Responses to “Pulihora”

  1. January 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    I love love Puliyogare!!Thank you so much for the recipe!:))

  2. January 15, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Sankranti Subhakaankshalu! May the festive season bring in lots of blessings your way!
    Pulihora, one of traditional festive food happens to be my fav. That pic looks very good.

  3. January 15, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks a lot Asha. You know even pulihora is my fav dish and my husband’s.

    Thanks a lot for the wishes. Sailaja meeku kuda sankranti subhakaankshalu. I think pulihora is every South Indian’s fav dish.:)

  4. January 16, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Pulihare looks delicious !

  5. January 16, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks a ton for this, ‘coz I love puliyogare (sp ??) but I always though I need those MTR powders to make it. Now I can do it your way.
    But do you mean I can use lime instead of tamarind, didn’t get it

  6. January 16, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Hey all thanks for ur feed back on pulihora!

    Hi Krithika thanks a lot!

    Hai Sandeepa
    U can use lime/lemon instead of tamarind then it will become lemon rice( nimakayya pulihora). We also use rice ravva to make ravva pulihora. I will post the recipe of ravva pulihora sometime.

  7. January 16, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Padmaja,

    U have a nice blog…Pulihora looks delicious!

  8. January 18, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Hi ,
    Your pulihora looks very nice. Thanks for sharing.
    It is my favourite dish. Thanks for sharing.

  9. January 18, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    That is a good one. Pulihora is our favorite too. When we were kids, we used to eat my mom’s delicious pulihora even the next day.

  10. January 19, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks MT & Suma

    Even we eat pulihora the next day and you know the longer it sits, it tastes delicious.:).

  11. March 9, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Nothing says it better than the pictures! Your pictures are a visual treat Padmaja! Glad you were able to figure it out!
    Pulihora looks delicious! Its 7:30 in the morning and I am hungyr for pulihora …thanks to you!

  12. 13 Susie Bishop
    August 19, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Question for you about this dish: How would you alter this dish to be the lemon rice versus Tamarind Rice – made with tamarind paste.

    Also – what powder are you referring to here: 1/4 cup sesame seeds (toasted and powdered)

  13. 14 Paddy
    January 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I am very fond of pulihora… but havent tried it yet.Would surely try it out.

  14. March 6, 2010 at 12:40 am


    Thank you for the recipe. I tried it today… it came out very nice… and delicious…

  15. 16 madhavi
    August 19, 2011 at 12:55 am

    i like it very much.so delicious

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