Pulihora Pulusu Recipe

Telangana's version of Tamarind rice

30 minutes
2 portions


Pulihora Pulusu 

The Pulihora pulusu’s a traditional Andhra / Telangana food recipe. This part of India’s so much around sour ‘n spice that neither can one escape chillies, nor sour. The sourness is usually brought in by lime or tamarind. It does take a bit getting used to the general sourness ‘n chilly in the food. But that’s how it’s here. In fact, tamarind rice does also exist in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. But it’s usually served as a rice dish. Extra tamarind along with the rice’s a very Andhra/Telangana food thingi.

This recipe’s by Swapna, a homemaker from Suryapet in Nalgonda district of Telangana. She makes very tasty typical home-style Telangana  food. Most of it learnt from her mom. I licked my fingers dry when I had the pulihora pulusu that she made.


Puliohra Pulusu Recipe

Puliohra Pulusu Recipe



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  1. Nice stuff, thanks for sharing.


  • Rice (boiled) 2 cups/400gm
  • Tamarind 2 large sized balls/100gm
  • Red chilly dried 7 numbers
  • Turmeric 1.5 teaspoon
  • Salt 3 teaspoon/15 gm
  • Refined oil 100 ml
  • Jeera 1/2 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon
  • Channa dal 2 tablespoons/30gm
  • Raw peanut 3 tablespoon/45gm
  • Curry leaves 2 teaspoon/10gm