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Puli (Tamarind) Upma

Puli_Tamarind_Upma_1 Puli Upma is made out of rice flour and tamarind water. This simple upma tastes different from other upmas and I love this very much. Very few ingredients are required to prepare this upma.

Tamarind is Puli in Tamil and Imli in Hindi.

Serves: 6

Cooking time: 20 minutes approximately


  • Rice flour – 3 cup
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tea spoon
  • Tamarind – lemon size (adjust as per your taste)
  • Salt – as per your taste
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 2 no
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Asafetida – one generous pinch
    • Oil – 2 table spoon

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  • Soak tamarind and extract the juice; add rice flour, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix well; add water if needed and make a batter neither thick nor watery.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan or non- stick pan and do the seasoning.

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  • Pour the batter, stir well; close and cook; stir in between.

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  • Keep cooking till the rice flour scrambles well; this may take at least 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • If you use a ordinary pan you may need some more oil but for non-stick pan the given oil will do.

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  • Puli Upma is ready. Serve hot with any chutney.



  • Ready to use tamarind pulp/paste can also be used in this Upma.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya February 6, 2010, 11:46 am

    This is something different ,seems tangy yet delicious….

  • Priya February 6, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Sounds like morekali, pulli upma looks yummy…quite a different dish..

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