Puli Saadham (Tamarind Rice)

Puli Saadham is a traditionally South Indian Rice dish which is infused with tamarind. It is a sour rice which is traditionally an offering at  prayers. It can be served with any vegetarian curry especially broad beans chutney, braised potatoes and braised spinach.


  • 2 cups of any cooked rice ( I used the Az Zahra basmathi rice ) as this cooks to absolute perfection
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom seed
  • 1 onion cut according to your preference
  • 5ml black mustard seeds
  • 5ml Osmans tamarind concentrate/10g block tamarind
  • A pinch of salt
  • 60g Clover  ghee
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 cloves
  • 5 green chilies ( sliced)


  1. Heat the ghee in a pot, add sliced onion, cloves , cardamom seeds, curry leaves, mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Saute for a few minutes.
  2. Add the green chilies and tamarind concentrate or tamarind mixed with 50ml water and strain into pan. Allow water ( if any) to evaporate
  3. Blend the cooked rice with the mixture in the pot.
  4. Steam for one minute before serving


Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

Helpings : 6 to 8

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