Andhra Pulihora


  • Sona Masoori r ice – 6 cups (uncooked)
  • Tamarind (Puli) – 36 one inch pieces (or 2 lemons sized of tamarind)
  • Water-1cup for soaking the tamarind
  • Green chillies – 15 no.s (make small slits)
  • Curry leaves – 1 bunch
  • Red chillies – 5 no.s
  • Mustard seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger – 1½ piece (Finely minced)
  • Turmeric powd er – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 6 1/2 tsp
  • Ground nuts (Nelakadala) – 1/2 cup(roasted)
  • Bengal gram (Kadalaparippu) – 1/2 cup
  • Black gram (Uz hunnuparippu) – 1/4 cup
  • Cashews – 1/8 cup
  • Oil – 1 1/4 cups
  • Cumin seeds (Jeerakam) – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida(Kayam) – 1 pinch(optional)



  • Soak Bengal gram in water for 30 mins.
  • Mix this soaked dal with washed and drained rice.
  • Pressure cook it with 12 cups of water.
  • Rinse the tamarind and soak it in 1 cup of water for 30 mins or microwave it for 7 mins with 1 cup of water.(total extract will measure to 1.5cup).
  • Extract the pulp of it and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add Bengal gram, black gram and 1 tbsp of mustard seeds.
  • Once they splutter, add roasted groundnuts and cashews and sauté for a while.
  • Add cumin seeds, ginger, green chillies, red chillies and curry leaves and saute for a while.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and sauté for another 2 mins.
  • Cover and cook for 8 mins on medium flame, until the oil separates.
  • Add sugar, salt and turmeric and switch off the stove.
  • Grind together 1 tbsp of mustard seeds, 1 red chilly and asafoetida(optional) and keep aside.
  • Mix together the pressure cook dal-rice mixture with the sautéed masala.
  • Add the ground mixture to the above and mix well.
  • Rice should not be sticky. Adjust the water as per your rice quality. Sometimes, rice may need little/more water for cooking. For better results, add few drops of lemon juice or oil to the rice while cooking.
  • Add as much curry leaves for better flavour.
  • This can be stored in a refrigerator for 1 week.
  • I use exact measures of the ingredients as mentioned above every time. Please adjust the chillies and salt as per your taste.
  • Pulihora recipe is ready.


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