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Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)

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Puli Pongal is a variant of the traditional pongal and is made of tamarind and boiled rice. The recipe is very easy and quick to make.
Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)

Pongal is a famous rice dish which belongs to the traditional cuisine of Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, the meaning of Pongal is ‘boil over’ or ‘spillover’. Pongal has two varieties, one is ‘Sakkarai Pongal’ and the other is ‘Ven Pongal’. Basically, Pongal is a common breakfast food taken in Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India.

Now, in the Puli Pongal recipe, the meaning of Puli in Tamil is ‘Tamarind’. Puli Pongal is a variant which is made of tamarind and boiled rice. Puli Pongal is not so related to the Pongal festival and it is also can be taken for dinner.

Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)

Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)

Let us have a look at the ingredients for making a delicious recipe. To make this recipe we need, raw rice, tamarind, dry red chilies, mustard seeds, Bengal gram dal, turmeric powder, curry leaves, asafoetida powder (a powder that consists asafoetida resin with rice flour or wheat flour and Arabic gum), oil and salt as per your taste.

The recipe is very easy and quick to make. It is also healthier for breakfast due to its nutrients. The Puli Pongal contains proteins, fat, fiber, and other nutrients as well. This dish also includes vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C and minerals like calcium, iron, fluoride, sodium, etc. That means that this dish is full of nutrients which are healthy for our body.

Tamarind is an excellent source of vitamin B, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron thiamine, phosphorus, fiber, and riboflavin. The Bengal gram dal is a rich source of high protein and calories along with fiber, iron, and phosphorus. Hence, with the use of these ingredients, this recipe becomes healthier and it’s slightly sweet, sour and salty taste proves to be a real treat for your delicate taste buds.

Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)
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Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)

Puli Pongal is a variant of the traditional pongal and is made of tamarind and boiled rice. The recipe is very easy and quick to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: Chilli Rice, pongal, tamarind


  • 200 g Raw Rice
  • 1 lemon sized ball Tamarind
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • few Mustard Seeds
  • few Bengal Gram Dal
  • little Turmeric Powder
  • few Curry Leaves
  • a pinch Asafoetida Powder
  • 100 ml Oil
  • as per taste Salt


  • Grind the rice to a coarse rava consistency.
  • Add enough water to the tamarind and extract a thick liquid (about 1 cup).
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Fry the mustard seeds and red chillies for 30 seconds.
  • Add the turmeric powder, asafoetida powder, salt, bengal gram, curry leaves and stir well.
  • Add the broken rice and tamarind extract.
  • Add some water (for 1 cup broken rice add 4 cups of wateand stir well.
  • Cover with the lid and pressure cook until 3 whistles.
  • Remove and serve hot with papad, potato chips or onion raita.

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