36 CHINTHA CHIGURU PULIHORA( TENDER TAMARIND LEAVES RICE)

Tender Tamarind Leaves Rice/ Chintha aaku(chiguru) Pulihora/


This is a very different type of rice variety using tender tamarind leaves. Most of us would have relished tasting these leaves sometime and enjoyed the tartness, I too have many times and enjoyed it very much. Back home my mom used to make many dishes using these leaves and once such is this pulihora. It tastes just good as any other rice like lemon or mango rice. You get the main tanginess out of the tender tamarind leaves. So if you are lucky enough to get tamarind leaves especially the tender ones, then definitely go and try out this dish. You will surely enjoy.

Rice - 2 cups
Tender tamarind leaves - 1 cup ( cleaned and washed)
Peanuts - 3 - 4 tbsp
Channa dhal - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red Chillies - 2 or 3 broken
Oil - 2 - 3 tbsp
Salt as needed


Always try to make use of the tender leaves, the ones you get particularly in April- May. Clean and remove the leaves from the stem.


Cook rice seperately and cool completely. While cooking add a tsp of oil and little salt.

Add another tsp of oil and turmeric powder to the cooling rice and mix well. Keep aside.
Heat few drops of oil and add the washed leaves( You can add more or less depending on the tartness needed). Fry till they are cooked very well. These leaves take some long time to cook and they also do not shrink that easily. So be careful and fry them. They also change in color very fast to brownish just like the color of tamarind. Keep the fried leaves seperately and in the same pan add the remaining oil and add peanuts,channa dhal, mustard seeds, urad dhal and red chillies. Also add few curry leaves and saute till the dhals are all nice brown in colour. Add the fried leaves and the cooled rice. Mix well and if needed add more salt. Remove and serve.

36 comments/Reactions:

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Never used tamarind leaves in cooking. Sounds interesting..Rice looks delicious and tempting !!!

Suman Singh said...

Sounds and looks delicious.A quick question from where do you get this fresh tamarind leaves?

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow Padma, that looks simply mouth watering. I love pulihora and addition of chinta chiguru must have been simply drool-worthy !!!

Padma said...

Thanks Shabitha, Suman and Priya :)
@ Shabitha- try it - you will love it :)
@ Suman - I got these in India. Just back from vacation few days back ;).
@ Priya - they were yummy :)

Kalyani said...

wow it looks very delicious and addition of chinta chiguru will be more tempting ........ thanks for sharing padma .......

Satya said...

chinta chiguru pulihora looks very tempting ..i love those greens..thanks for sharing

Satya
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Gulmohar said...

Delicious rice..Just had my dinner am hungry again,looking at your pic

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I've never tried using tamarind leaves for cooking...thanks for sharing this new kind of recipe with us...
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I've never tried using tamarind leaves for cooking...thanks for sharing this new kind of recipe with us...
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Nice and delicious.

Nandini said...

Mouthwatering rice! Tempting picture!!

srividhya Ravikumar said...

lovely rice... we used tamarind leaves in rotis... this is new to me... 1st time to your wonderful space... do visit my site whenever.. following you.

SHRIANNALAKSHMI said...

A very new version of tamarind rice using fresh tamarind leaves.I'm going
to try it out.The picture itself is inviting me to cook...

Shanthi said...

New to me and sounds interesting

kanthi said...

Never heard of this but it sounds yummy,will try this.

Prathibha said...

Wow... I love those tender tamarind leaves just like dat....and in rice I can imagine the flavor it gives..we make dal,podi n all with it...looks yummy

Shama Nagarajan said...

so tempting...delicious rice

jais said...

looks nice. never tried with tamarind leaves. thanks for sharing

jayasree said...

Have a recipe for podi with tamarind leaves, though not tried it. Rice with leaves is interesting.

Panchpakwan said...

Very unique....looks tangy and delicious recipe Padma.

Madhuri said...

Wow never in my thought a recipe like this.. awesome padma.
I wonder how does it would taste? Is it Tangy?

Priti said...

Wonderful recipe Padma dear ...looks great

Jay said...

wow...drooling recipe dear...lovely presentation.
do drop in at my space sometime...

aipi said...

I love pulihora very much..never tried it with tamarind leaves though..bet it would have tasted even more awesome n delicious with that..lovely recipe!!
first time here..I must say you have a lovely space with a beautiful recipe collectoin...
will be visiting often ,
do drop by my space sometime :)
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Sadhana said...

Thats a wonderful recipe dear....lovely pic.

Yummy Team said...

Awesome recipe, Padma..Nice picture n yummy presentation!!

Priya said...

Very new dish for me, never heard of using tamarind leaves in rice..Rice looks beautiful..

Santosh Bangar said...

hi
thanks for follow my blog
recipe is very tempting I have tamrid tree near to my son's house i will try it

munchcrunchandsuch said...

the name itself is so different..something new to try now

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RAKS KITCHEN said...

Lovely recipe,looks mouthwatering Padma!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Padma, there are certain things I will envy and its always those itsy bitsy things like this now we dont get tamarind leaves here ;(... For some time I never knew that Mom made use of tamarind leaves until one day when my ammamma's maid came home with lotsa tamarind leaves and I was the only one @ home I was looking for things to much in the goody bag that grammy sent and found this later when asked Mom told me she used those leaves to make rice!!! Yummy rice!!! tempting and mouthwatering!!!

Soma Pradhan said...

Wow..This is something very very new to me...I never even have seen a tamarind tree

Rachana said...

I have never used tamarind leaves in cooking . This is a very interesting recipe. The rice looks so tangy and yumm!

Aparna S Mallya said...

Interesting recipe. I haven't used tamarind leaves in my cooking yet. The rice looks yummy!!

chaitrali pathak said...

looks so so tempting....never used leaves...

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