Sankranti Subhakanshalu - PuliharaWell I am so glad my previous post was liked, it made me all teary and nostalgic and transported me back to my grandparents home. Never the less as everyone would have experienced food is a central part of any festivities, each festival has its own special and unique dishes. Since Pongal is celebrated for three days a sure festive dish is Pulihora or tamarind rice. This is also a typical dish that's offered to god and distributed as Prashadam in South Indian temples. Though it seems really hard to make, it is actually very easy, a little time consuming yes, but wouldn't you for the taste .
So here goes my version
2 cups raw rice (Rice should be cooked in way that grains are separated)
For Tamarind Paste
Pulp of tamarind equaling about a cup
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sugar or jaggery
20 fresh curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp channa dal
1 tsp teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tbsp urad dal
3-4 tbsp Channa dal
6-8 Red chillis
6 green chilies slit lengthwise
Ginger finely shopped
1/2 tsp asafoetida/hing
5-6 tbsp oil
1 cup roasted peanuts /and /or/cashew nuts
3 tbsps oil
Salt according to taste
1. Allow rice to cool down, when cool to touch add salt, haldi and 2 tbsp oil and mix well.
2. In a pan add remaining oil, when oil is heated add all the ingredients for seasoning (except nuts) and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
3. To this add tamarind pulp and sugar and allow to boil until pulp thickens and looses its raw taste, takes about 5 minutes
4. Add the above mixture to rice and mix well. Add nuts and adjust salt accordingly.
Let it rest and cool down, it tastes best when served at room temperature and even better the next day.
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