Puliyodharai powder

It has been a long quest for the best Kovil / temple style puliyogare. This quest was to satisfy the husband, who loves puliyogare.

Whenever I made puliyogare, he would say “there is something missing, not exactly like the temple prasadam”. Yes of course many a times I lost my self-control and told him to go marry that temple cook!  😀

But in the heart of hearts I always wanted to master that puliyogare and wanted the praise… So finally I set on to make this puliyogare powder based on the Iyengar’s pulidharai recipe.. I add few more ingredients and tada!! Finally… he says! “This is the taste I was looking for!”

so here’s the recipe!

  1. 2 tbsp. coriander seeds
  2. 1 tbsp. urad dal
  3. 1 tbsp. chana dal
  4. ½ tsp. cumin
  5. 2 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  6. 10 black pepper corns
  7. 10 methi seeds
  8. 15 curry leaves
  9. 1/8 tsp. hing
  10. 10 dry red chilies
  11. ½ tsp. sugar
  12. Small lemon sized ball of tamarind
  13. Salt to taste

In a pan on low flame, dry roast all ingredients from 1-10 for about 10-15 minutes / or till the dals turn golden brown. Remove from heat and let them cool. Once cool, put them in a blender / mixie along with the salt, sugar, tamarind and grind to a fine powder. This powder will keep good for 1 month.

To make the Puliyogare, cook 2 cups of rice in 4 cups of water. Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and let it cool down. Meanwhile, heat 4 tbsp. oil in a pan, add mustard, cumin, urad, chana dal, curry leaves and let them splutter. Now add 6 tbsp. puliyogare powder to the oil and stir well. Add this mixture to the rice, mix well and serve. Add salt if necessary.Optionally you can add some grated dry coconut.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    aww… u r such a sweet wife! ive been on the look out for a good puliodharai powder recipe too 🙂

    1. chandhana says:

      Thank you Sarah! try it.. it turns out really good, hope you will like it!

    1. chandhana says:

      Thank you Rashmika..

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