Puliyogare, also referred to as Tamarind Rice or Pulihora is a popular rice based dish in Karnataka with a sour taste.
Preparation: Cooked short grain rice and Puliyogare mix are main ingredients of Puliyogare. Puliyogare mix is prepared by grinding fried lentils, chillies and spices, which is then mixed with tamarind extract or essence along with jaggery. Puliyogare mix (also known as Puliyogare paste or gojju) is then added to pre-cooked white rice and mixed thoroughly.
Served with: Puliyogare is often served with spicy coconut chutney. Happala/Sendige (fryums) are also good to have along with Puliyogare.
Also try: Other similar rice based dishes to try in Karnataka include Chitranna (Lemon Rice), Bisi bele bath (sambar rice), Curd Rice, Vangi Bath and Tomato Rice.
Where to get Puliyogare: Puliyogare is commonly available in most darshinis (self help eateries) and restaurants in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka. Puliyogare Point in Basavanagudi, Bengaluru is an exclusive restaurant serving Puliyogare. Puliyogare mix is readily available in supermarkets and grocery stores, using which it is possible to prepare Puliyogare on our own if one has access to kitchen facilities and can cook rice.
Several temples in Karnataka offer a small portion of Puliyogare as ‘Prasadam’ to devotees.