In SOUTH INDIA Rice is harvested during Pongal And therefore different varieties of Rice based dishes are prepared.
PULIHORA in Andhra or tamarind rice is a dish prepared in most of the festivals of SOUTH INDIA.
Its a tangy flavoured rice mixed in tamrind sauce and spices and garnished with peanuts.
It tastes great with plain yogurt and appadam (papad)
Cooked rice (each grain should be seperated)- 2 cups
Salt to taste
Fresh curry leaves-20
Roasted Peanuts-1/2 cup
Tamrind extract-4 tb.spoon
Chana dal-1 tb.spoon
Urad dal-1 tb.spoon
Dry Red Chillies-5
Green Chillies slit length wise-4
Seasame seed powder-1t.spoon
Heat 2 tb.spoon Oil in a vessel. Add Mustard seeds and let them splutter. Now add Cumin seeds,Astafodia, dry Red Chillies, Chana dal, Urad dal and fry till they turn light brown (approx. 15-20 seconds). Then add Green Chillies,Ginger, Astafodia and Curry leaves, fry them for 10 seconds. Now add Tamrind extract and cook it till the raw smell disappears (approx.3-4 min.)
Mix it in rice, adjust salt, add Seasame seed powder and Peanuts.
Serve with plain Yogurt and Papad.
Enjoy BHOGI VINDU BHOJANAM (in plaintain leaf)