Iyengar Style Puliyogare(Instant)

Puliyogare..South Indian Tamarind Rice is also known as Puliogare or Puliyodharai in different states.

Tamarind rice from the Iyengar community from South India is very famous. It is prepared on special and festive occasions to offer to God as Prasad.

Being a North Indian, I had very limited knowledge of South Indian Cuisine. Living in different parts of India especially in Mumbai, I interacted with the people from different states and cultures. Interacting with people and reading a lot about various cultures, I have learned a lot about South Indian, Maharashtrian, Gujarati Cuisine and many other cuisines.

I had shared in my blog that how I was introduced to Sambhar Sadam and Tamarind rice along with other South Indian Rice preparations by our Tamalian neighbor. I and my daughter love the spicy, sweet and tangy Tamarind Rice. We also used to go to a Balaji Temple near our place, there in prasad Tamarind or Lemon Rice was distributed. My daughter liked the tamarind rice so much that used to request the person distributing prasad to give her a second bowl!!

How to prepare Puliyogare 

To prepare Puliyogare or Tamarind Rice in traditional way(from scratch), we need puliogare powder(which is made with grinding different spices). Coriander seeds, sesame seeds,red chillies, mustard and methi seeds are used to make the powder. .Puliogare powder is added  to rice along with tamarind paste known as puliyogare gooju. Our neighbour aunty, who gave me the recipe to make quick Sambar rice also gave the recipe for Tamarind rice. She also told me a quick way  to make Tamarind Rice, using readymade Puliyogare Powder. I keep this Puliogare powder handy and use it to make this spicy rice for my daughter’s lunch box or for a quick dinner option from leftover rice.

Let’s see how I make this quick and easy Puliyogare..

Iyengar Style Puliyogare

Iyengar Puliogare(Instant)

Quick and Easy Iyengar style Puliyogare or Tamarind Rice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Lunch Box, Main
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 3 tbsp Readymade Puliogare Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Peanuts
  • 1 tbsp Cashew nuts optional
  • 2 tbsp Oil(prefer Sesame oil)


  • In  a pan heat oil. 
  • When the oil is warm add peanuts to it and saute for a while, till peanuts are crunchy.
  • Add the Puliogare masala and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp of water to it to form a paste.
  • Add rice and mix well. Adjust the salt as per your requirement. 
  • Serve hot with papads 
Keyword Iyengar Cuisine, Puliogare Rice, Tamarind Rice

Hot Puliogare on hot chilly evenings is so much comforting!! Puliogare powder can also be added to poha or vermicelli. I always add some extra peanuts or cashew nuts(when there are no peanuts) for extra. Make this spicy sweet and tangy rice and give me your feedback. You can get in touch with me anytime if you have any queries..

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This is 9th in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April’19.

Day 9th. I.. Iyengar Puliyogare(Instant)

This is an event where I along with a group of fellow bloggers are blogging everyday about Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes this whole April, with Sundays off.

My earlier posts for the event..

Day 1. A.. Aloo Matar Ki Tehri

Day 2.  B..Broccoli Mushroom Pulao

Day 3 . C..Chana Dal Khichdi

Day 4. D..Dhaniya Pulao

Day 5. E.. Easy Steamed Rice in Instant Pot with Pot in Pot Method

Day 6. F.. Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao

Day 7. G.. Gatte Ka Pulao

Day 8. H.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

Author: Swati

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  2. Puliodarai is part and parcel of my kitchen and I make it often for lunch. This instant version comes in handy when you don’t have time for the gojju.

  3. I know the North and South variations are way too much . I still cannot remember and pronounce a couple of recipe names .. he he ! But all said and done this tamarind rice is a big time hit and I love the way you have made them .

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