BM #96 Week 4 Day 2 - 

I have started preparing Pulihora, or Tamarind rice, so often with various grains that I felt like it was better to make a separate post of the often repeated recipe of the tamarind sauce. 

This is a fool proof recipe which works for me for all occasions. A note to beginners - I usually add salt to the rice or any grain I use. For every cup of rice/grain used I add a teaspoon of salt. So if I am making the sauce for immediate use I don't add salt in the sauce. So keep this measurement as a reference and adjust as needed.

Ingredients - 

Thick Tamarind Juice 1 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)
Green Chillies 8-9 (or as per taste)
Roasted Fenugreek Powder 1/8 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as per taste
Hing / Asafoetida 1/8 tsp

Oil 1 Tbsp (or more if preferred)
To Grind - 
Sesame Seeds 2 Tbsp
Coconut powder 2 tsp
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp
Sugar / Jaggery 1 tsp

*Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Peanuts 1/4 cup, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Curry leaves few, Hing couple pinches, Red Chillies 2, Turmeric 1/4 tsp)

*The seasoning is optional - It can be prepared and added in the end or just before preparing pulihora. I prepare the seasoning both the times or just once after mixing the sauce in rice or any other grain.

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated saucepan, add oil and saute the green chilies. 

Grind the ingredients listed under 'To Grind' into a fine powder.

Add in tamarind extract, sesame powder from the previous step, fenugreek powder, salt, turmeric and asafotida.

Let the sauce simmer and after all the moisture has evaporated and the oil floats on top, remove from heat.

Allow it to cool down and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate for upto a month or more. 


Preparation Time 15 minutes
Makes enough for 3-4 cups of uncooked rice
Posted by Harini R on Friday, January 25, 2019


  1. This is one of my favorite sauce. It is so flavorful. It would be nice to have some on hand.

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. This is surely must have post harini, very nice paste..

  4. This paste is a must have in the fridge hence deserves a post by itself.

  5. rajani Says:
  6. My Periamma makes a perfect batch of these 😊. I have to get her exact recipe the next time I visit her.

  7. Interesting , I am sure this sauce is a must have in South Indian homes , sounds very flavourful .

  8. jayashree Says:
  9. This is one of the essentials in South Indian home. Your ingredients looks so tasty and ideal to keep it handy.

  10. Pavani Says:
  11. Having this tamarind gojju in the fridge is so convenient - perfect to make pulihora at short notice. Good one Harini.

  12. Suma Gandlur Says:
  13. . A great one to have handy to prepare pulihora in short notice. One of my sister in laws showed me that even a little sambhar powder along with sesame powder works wonders in the basic pulihora gojju version.

  14. sushma Says:
  15. I always have this gojju in my fridge. Its handy when ever do not feel like cooking and also ready for festival days.

  16. This is such a life saver during rush hours. I always have some ready in the fridge.

  17. cookwithrenu Says:
  18. I made this just this week and just loved it. The tamarind sauce looks quite tasty.

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