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Tangy Spicy Pulikaichal (Puliyodarai Mix)

Tangy_Spicy_Pulikaichal_Puliyodarai_Mix_1 Pulikaichal is a ready to use mix to prepare the traditional Pulisadam/Puliyodarai/Imli Chawal/Tamarind Rice in south India. If it is prepared properly it can be even kept for a month. Tamarind is known as Puli in Tamil and as Imli in Hindi. As tamarind is the star ingredient, it is called as Puli-kaichal.

This pulikaichal can also be lightly applied as a spread in bread, chappati. I love to have pulikaichal as side dish for curd rice.


  • Tamarind – small orange size
  • Red chilli – 10 no
  • Fenugreek seed – 1 table spoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tea spoon
  • Powdered jaggery – 1 tea spoon
  • Roasted and powdered black sesame powder – 1 tea spoon
  • Asafoetida – peanut size chopped
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Peanut skinned – ½ cup
    • Bengal gram – 2 table spoon
    • Urad dal – 2 table spoon
    • Mustard – 1 table spoon
    • Red chilli – 10 no
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Sesame oil – ½ cup



  • Soak tamarind in water and extract juice; dry roast red chilli, asafetida, fenugreek and powder it coarsely.

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  • In a pan add oil and do the seasoning; let peanut and other grams get crisp; add turmeric powder, tamarind juice, salt and boil it for five minutes approximately in moderate flame to remove raw smell of tamarind.

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  • Add ground spices and keep cooking till the gravy gets thick; you can see the oil separating and floating on the surface.

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  • Add sesame powder, jaggery powder and boil for few minutes; remove and cool it.

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  • Store in a air tight container.



  • Sesame powder gives nice flavor to pulikaichal and jaggery helps to balance the hot and sour taste.

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • swathi May 22, 2010, 8:15 pm


    I was looks for it. Thanks for sharing it. Nice one

  • Priya May 22, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I do the similar too..my fav..

  • Sushma Mallya May 22, 2010, 10:43 pm

    wow looks great, never made this at home, thanks for the recipe…

  • Manju Rajender May 23, 2010, 8:06 am

    My all time favourite. This is what I exactly do :)

  • PRIYA January 19, 2011, 1:39 am

    Today I tried this. The smells so great. It come out really good.
    Thank you so much for posting such a wonderful recipe. I was first skeptical about adding 1tbsp fenugreek seeds but it gives nice flavors and act as a thickening agent.

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