Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Pulichchaaru (புளிச்சாறு ) is a sour n spicy rasam with puli(tamarind) and regular spices .
This is usually prepared only when Paruppu thuvayal - பருப்பு  துவையல் (chutney) is made.
A very good side dish to have with Paruppu thuvayal sadam(rice).

Pulichchaaru ( புளிச்சாறு )

Tamarind(Puli)              : marble size ball
Red chilli                       : 2 or 3(break into small pieces)

Gram dhal                     : 2 Tsp
Thuvar dhal                   : 2 Tsp
Fenugreek                     :1/4 Tsp

Asafatoetida                  : 1/4 Tsp 
Mustard                         : 1 Tsp
Red chilli Powder           : 1/2 Tsp
Cumin Powder               : 1/2 Tsp
Dhaniya Powder             : 1/2 Tsp
Turmeric Powder            :1/4 Tsp
Salt                                 : required amount
Oil                                   : 1 1/2 Tsp
Curry Leaves                   : 10 to 12
Big onion                          : 1 small size(diced)
Garlic                               : 2 or 3 cloves pounded

Soak tamarind in a vessel with hot water.
After 10 minutes strain the soaked tamarind with 1/2 cup of water into a vessel.
Dilute this tamarind water with 1 cup of water.
Now keep a kadai on a slow flame.
Put oil in the kadai and when oil is hot first splutter mustard.
Then add red chilli pieces, curry leaves, gram dhal, thuvar dhal, fenugreek and fry till the dhals turn golden brown in color. 
Now add diced onion and pounded garlic cloves in the order.
Saute well till the smell of onion & garlic comes out.
Now add chilli powder, dhaniya powder, cumin powder and saute for few seconds.
Transfer it into the vessel containing strained tamarind water.

Pulichchaaru ( புளிச்சாறு )

Now keep the vessel on fire and add turmeric powder & salt.
Bring the rasam to boil and allow it boil till the tamarind's raw smell goes off and starts foaming at the top.

Pulichchaaru ( புளிச்சாறு )

Switch off the stove. Add few more curry leaves and asafoetida.
Now Pulichchaaru is ready.
Approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cup of rasam can be prepared with these ingredients enough for 3 to 4 people.
If you want this rasam to be spicy add 1 more red chilli and also increase the amount of chilli powder.

Take hot white rice in a plate. Add 1 or 2 tsp of Paruppu thuvayal  and a dash of gingelly oil [ till oil ]. Mix well. Pour a ladle full of pulichchaaru over the paruppu thuvaiyal rice. Enjoy!!!...

Pulichchaaru can also be mixed with hot rice and relished with any kara curry.

The sour taste should be predominant in this rasam. 

Other rasam recipes you might like to try

rasam kokum rasam kollu rasam lemon rasam madras rasam powder