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Puli sadam
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Puli sadam

Puli sadam with leftover rice. If you love tamarind rice or similar tangy rice variety, you should consider making this when you have leftover rice, but you want it hot in your way!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 3


  • Left over cooked rice - 3 cups
  • Tamarind - 1 tbsp leveled
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Salt - As needed
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig

To temper

  • Sesame oil/ oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard - ½ tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Dry Red chilli - 4
  • Asafoetida - tsp


  • Separate the grains of left over rice. You can add little oil to ease this process, or wet your hands with water and fluff it. Soak tamarind in hot water and extract juice with a cup of water.
  • In a large enough kadai to hold the rice, temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table in order. Add the tamarind extract and salt as needed.
  • Add turmeric and bring to boil. Add the leftover rice and cook in medium flame.
  • Cook until all the tamarind extract is blended with the rice and garnish with torn fresh curry leaves.


  • Mashed up leftover rice wont work for this.
  • Keep the leftover rice in fridge and use it the next day or when ever needed.
  • You can add peanuts while tempering if you like, but she did not add.