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Puliyogare or tamarind rice is a rice preparation famous in South India. In Karnataka, it is prepared by making “gojju” or a spice mixture which is then mixed with cooked rice.
5 from 2 votes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr


For Puliyogare Gojju

  • 1 cup tamarind
  • ¾ cup rasam powder
  • ½ cup jaggery or as per taste
  • ½ cup sesame seeds (til/ellu)
  • 1 cup coconut (dry/dessicated)
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tsp Bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 3 tsp split black gram (urad dal)
  • 1 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 15-20 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

For Puliyogare

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • Salt to taste


To make the Puliyogare Gojju

  • Soak tamarind in water for a minimum of 2 hours and extract the pulp
  • In a thick bottom pan, boil the pulp along with jaggery for 20 minutes till it thickens, stirring occasionally
  • Add rasam powder and salt, let it boil for further 10 more minutes
  • Meanwhile, dry roast sesame seeds (til/ellu) until lightly golden and aromatic. Warm the dry coconut. Let them cool down
  • Grind the coconut and sesame seeds
  • Add this mixture to the boiling mixture (gojju). Mix well and simmer for 2-3 minutes, then turn off the flame
  • In another small pan, heat oil for tadka (oggarane), add peanuts and fry until they are crunchy, taking care not to burn them. Set aside
  • Now in the same oil, add mustard seeds. Once it crackles, add urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves and fry well in low heat till it becomes crisp. Now add hing and turmeric and mix well
  • Add this along with the fried peanuts to the gojju and mix gently and leave till it cools completely
  • Store in an airtight box. This can be kept up to 6 months in the refrigerator.

To make Puliyogare:

  • Prepare hot rice, add the required amount of gojju and salt to it and mix well. You may add some sesame oil if needed.


Click here to see the recipe for rasam powder.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 32IU1%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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