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Monday, January 7, 2013

Puliogare

Puliogare is offered as prasadam in many temples in South India.It has sourness , sweetness,saltiness as also pungency of chillies.Tamarind paste can be kept for  days as it has a good shelf life.In Chennai ,this paste is available in the Grand Sweets & in other shops.Just buy a bottle & keep.Whenever ,one feels too tired,just cook rice.Mix with this paste with rice & eat it by mouthfuls.Then gulp down a glass of buttermilk to soothe the tongue.

I have learnt to make this paste at home.Please check out the recipe for tamarind paste here.

Ingredients :1 cup  rice,1 lemon ball of tamarind, 2 tbsps oil,1-2 green chillies,1-2 red chillies ( byadgi mirchi ),1 tbsp jaggery,1 tbsp rasam powder ,1/4 tsp red chilli powder,1/4 tsp fenugreek powder ( dry roast fenugreek seeds & pound them in mixer ),1 tsp mustard seeds,1 tsp urad dal,1 tsp chana dal,1 tbsp peanuts,a few sprigs of curry leaves,1/4 tsp hing,1/2 tsp haldi,salt to taste.

Method :Pressure cook rice.Keep aside.

In a small thick bottomed vessel ,take the tamarind & add 1 cup water.Heat it & bring to boil.Drain the thick water containing tamarind pulp.Take the tamarind pulp taste,add fenugreek powder,  rasam powder ,red chilli powder & jaggery.Boil the pulp some more time till it becomes paste consistency.Keep aside.

In another vessel ,prepare seasoning.Add oil & heat it.Add mustard seeds.When they splutter add urad dal followed by chana dal.When they become golden brown ,add peanuts.After peanuts change colour ,add green chillies & curry leaves.Lastly add red chillies & hing & haldi.Put off the gas.

Spread the cooked rice on to a plate.Add the tamarind paste & the seasoning & salt.Mix nicely all rice & the tamarind paste & seasoning.The lip smacking puliogare is ready !



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