Go Back
Print Recipe

Pulihora Recipe Andhra Style | Chintapandu Pulihora Recipe | South Indian Tamarind Rice Recipe

Pulihora Recipe Andhra Style is a traditional rice recipe from South India. Tamarind pulp cooked with different spices to a paste is mixed with cooked rice.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Main Course / Rice Dish, Prasadam / Festive offering
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Padma Veeranki


  • 2 Cups Raw Rice Sona Masoori or equivalent, Click HERE to see how to cook rice perfectly
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pulihora Pulusu/tamarind Rice Paste Click HERE for the recipe

For Seasoning:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons oil
  • 5 dry red chillies
  • 2 Tablespoons split Bengal gram Chana Dal
  • 1 Tablespoon whole black gram without skin
  • ½ cup Raw Peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ½ teaspoon asafoetida
  • Handful of curry leaves


Cooking & Mixing Rice:

  • Cook such that each grain is separate, spread to cool.
  • Add turmeric powder, oil and salt when rice is still warm.
  • Once the rice cools down, mix gently without breaking the rice.
  • Now add 2 tablespoons of the prepared Pulihora Pulusu/amarind Rice Paste. Mix well so that every grain of rice is coated with the paste. Check salt. Add another spoon of paste if required.


  • Heat oil in a pan and add lentils and peanuts. Fry peanuts till you hear a crackling sound, otherwise they will be raw.
  • Now add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add asafoetida and curry leaves and turn off the heat.
  • Transfer the seasoning to the rice and mix well.
  • Let the tamarind rice sit for couple of hours before serving.

Recipe Video


  • Amount of oil used in this Pulihora Recipe Andhra Style can be controlled. But, if you want to store for a day or two, use more oil.
  • Please adjust red chillies and salt as per your taste.
  • Tanginess can be adjusted with the amount of Pulihora Pulusu/amarind Rice Paste
  • Rice should not be sticky. Adjust the water as per your rice quality. Sometimes, rice may need little less/more water for cooking. To be on the safer side, add a few drops of lemon juice or oil to the rice while cooking. This avoids sticking of the rice.
  • Be generous with curry leaves as this gives an incredible flavour to the dish.
  • You can decrease/increase the quantity of lentils and nuts. If you wish, include some cashews too.