Rice Free Lunch Thali

Here is a simple everyday lunch thali which is rice free, featuring Poha Pulihora for Day 4 BM #16 week 2. The thali consists of 
Pulusu Atukulu , Phulkas, Zucchini Gravy Curry (used lite coconut milk instead of the cream and milk to make it vegan), Oats Daddojanam and store bought Badam Burfi. 

My mom makes this pulusu atukulu (Pulusu = Tamarind extract + atukulu = beaten rice / poha) as we call it, pretty frequently. As kids we used to love it but haven't attempted it so many years. I had a gala time making and eating this pulihora :).

Ingredients - 

Thick Poha / Atukulu 1 cup
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Peanuts handful, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Curry leaves few, Hing couple pinches, Red Chillies 2, Turmeric 1/4 tsp)
For the sauce -
Thick Tamarind Juice 1/2 cup
(I pressure cook/microwave the tamarind with 1 cup of water and upon cooling I make a fine paste, sieve and discard the pith)

Roasted Sesame seed Powder 1 Tbsp
Green Chillies 3-4 (or as per taste)
Coconut powder 2 tsp
Roasted Fenugreek Powder 1/8 tsp
Sugar / Jaggery 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Hing / Asafoetida 1/8 tsp
Oil 1 tsp (or more if preferred)

Pulusu Atukulu

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and drain poha in clean running water and set aside for 15 min.

To Prepare the Sauce -
In a heavy bottomed pan, add 1 tsp oil and fry the vertically slit green chillies.

After they are slightly brown, add the rest of the ingredients listed under 'For the sauce'.

Let the sauce thicken and when it starts splashing all over, remove from heat and let it cool.

Store in an air tight container and refrigerate.
(It helps to have the sauce ready in advance.)

To Prepare the Poha Pulihora - 
In a wide bowl, fluff the soaked and drained poha and mix in the required tamarind sauce prepared.

In a heated small sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning and after the peanuts are fried well and the dals are browned evenly, pour it on to the poha and mix evenly with a spatula.

Set aside for an hour or so and enjoy the delicious Poha pulihora!!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#16 . 

Sending this to Srivalli's Thali Mela

Preparation Time 25-30 min
Serves 2
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, May 26, 2012


  1. Jayanthi Says:
  2. Thaali looks awesome...would love to get the recipe for zucchini curry...looks awesome.

  3. Sangeetha M Says:
  4. Inviting thali!! Tamarind poha looks scrumptious...zucchini curry sounds very yummy...will try it sometime!!

  5. super way to make poha...a must try for a person like me...a tamarind lover:)..n oh ya the thali it looks absolutely wonderful!!

  6. what a lovely spread...actually it is an attempt at tricking the mind..zucchini, oats, poha,barfi...you have included such a variety, poha never made it to lunch thali in my case but seems like an option now

  7. Srivalli Says:
  8. Love your pulihora Harini, your entire thali looks awesome..

  9. Rice-Free Thali,Looks yum harini!!!! bookmarking poha pulihora!!!!!

  10. Anonymous Says:
  11. I'll try your method of Extracting tamarind pulp...it seems easier than the usual way. The poha looks tempting. My ma in law prepares it in almost the same way. Btw I too would love to have the zuchhini curry recipe

  12. Priya Suresh Says:
  13. Cant take my eyes from ur super tempting thali, drooling over that tamarind poha.

  14. Nice and inviting thali without rice,sounds delicious...

  15. Suma Gandlur Says:
  16. I grew up with Karnataka style gojjavalakki and that is my favorite.:)
    This version sounds yummy too and I have pulihora gojju ready in my refrigerator. I can try it right away. The poha needs no cooking, right?

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. very inviting thali!....atukulu pulihora looks yumm...i can have that any time!

  19. Jayashree Says:
  20. This used to be an after school snack at home. Nice click.

  21. Great looking poha pulihora. Looks yum!

  22. love everything on this thali..would definitely enjoy this one

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