Gongura Pulihora

Last time when I got my hands on fresh Gongura (red sorrel leaves), I tried out this delightful rice. It was more like Gongura Pachadi but was a little different in a few things and we liked this version much better.
So for Day 2 BM #25, I am posting this for the letter G.

Ingredients - 

Rice 2 cups (I used Sona Masoori)
Gongura / Red Sorrel Leaves 2 cups 
Onions , finely chopped 1/2 cup 
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1 tsp, Red Chillies 1-2, Curry Leaves few, Asafoetida 1/8 tsp, Green Chillies slit 3-4, Peanuts handful)
Lime Juice as needed (Optional)
To Roast and Grind - 
Sesame seeds 1 Tbsp
Coriander seeds 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds / Methi seeds pinch
Dry Red Chillies 1-2

Gongura Pulihora

Method Of Preparation -

Cook the rice separately (I use the rice cooker) and spread in a serving bowl to cool.

Pick the leaves without the stalks and wash them thoroughly.

Dry fry the sesame seeds and keep aside to cool.

In a heated pan, add a splash of oil and fry coriander seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and dry red chillies until they are just brown. (Judge by the nice aroma of the coriander seeds!!) Keep aside to cool.

Powder the sesame seeds, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and red chillies and set aside.

In the same heated pan, add a teaspoon oil, fry the gongura leaves until they become soft and mushy.

Remove from fire and let it cool.

In a heated pan, add oil and prepare the seasoning by adding 
Chana Dal, Urad Dal, Cumin Seeds, Mustard Seeds, Red Chillies, Curry Leaves, Asafoetida, Green Chillies and Peanuts.

After the mustard seeds crackle and the dals are golden brown, add the onions, saute until they are translucent and add the fried/wilted gongura leaves. 

Add in the sesame spice powder, salt, turmeric and mix well.

Remove from heat and mix it in the cooked rice. Check for taste and squeeze in some lemon/lime juice.

Check the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#25.

Preparation time 30 min 
Serves 3-4 
Posted by Harini R on Monday, February 11, 2013


  1. This looks so delicious! I need to see if I can get this green here :)

  2. Manju Says:
  3. Nice color. Yummy..

  4. Hi Harini, Rice looks simply delicious and mouthwatering. Great preparation.

  5. Wow love greenish color of rice..looks very tangy n spicy...

  6. Priya Suresh Says:
  7. Would love to have this delicious rice for my lunch, missing sorrel leaves here.

  8. Unknown Says:
  9. Wow! This looks so delicious and colorful, makes a good lunch box item for kids

  10. too good rice..

  11. divya Says:
  12. Mouthwatering here, such a flavorful and delicious

  13. Unknown Says:
  14. Looks yummy!...cant wait to make it as soon I find gongura!

  15. Suma Gandlur Says:
  16. I should show this post to my husband. :) It looks so inviting with that vibrant color. I think I too have bookmarked a recipe somewhere after seeing it on a cookshow.

  17. Suma Gandlur Says:
  18. Adagadam marchipoyanu. Manaku India lo dorike gongurakaithe Nimmakaya akkaraledu kadha?

  19. I love the color of the rice - it looks so appetizing

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. What a delicious rice dish. It is too photogenic :-) Bookmarked!! Will definitely try this with my container garden gongura in summer.

  22. preeti garg Says:
  23. Awesome and flavorful rice

  24. Srivalli Says:
  25. Harini, rice looks so delicious..and so healthy right..

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