I love authentic, traditional recipes. Agreed that sometimes they can be very involved and time consuming but I feel the taste after all that effort is unbelievable. Some of the old methods of cooking or prep work may look tedious, but those also have a great way of bringing people together. Imagine making raviolis together, or making papad in summer, or making pickles together, when you are working together teh work does not seem boring.  So i love collecting recipes that are authentic, passed down from generation to generation, this is my way  of preserving my culture and heritage, hoping to pass it to the future generation. Today’s recipe is something I learnt from my friend Usha, who had leant it from her Ammamma( grandma). Tamarind rice is very popular in Andhra Pradesh as well as Tamilnadu. This version I feel has both Andhra and Tamil influence on it. It is a typical brahmin recipe, and is used as Naivadyam on many auspicious ceremonies. I had eaten this the very first time in the famous Tirupati temple, so anytime I make it invokes the same feelings. Although the recipe may look complicated it is not, it is complex. I will try to simplify the instructions as much as possible.

Tamarind Rice

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There are four steps to the recipe.

Step 1: Make a tamarind chutney – This chutney is pretty much jam like consistency. Part A ( tempering 1) 2 tbsp oil 2 tsp mustard seeds 6 red chilies Few curry leaves Part B   (Wet ingredients) 1 handful dry tamarind, cleaned and soaked in  2 cups of hot water 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 2 tbsp jaggery ( gud), you can substitute dark brown sugar as well. Extract the tamarind pulp and discard any seeds or hard shells. Mix jaggery and turmeric in it.
Part A & Part C
Wet ingredients & Tempering 1 (Part A & B)
Part C ( Dry powder) 1/2 cup coriander seeds 6 dry red chilies ( or more if you like it spicy) 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp cumin(jeera) seeds 1 tsp fenugreek( methi) seeds 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 1 tbsp chana daal 1 tbsp urid daal ( skinless) Few curry leaves 1/2 tsp asafoetida( hing)
Dry Masala Powder
Dry Masala Powder ( Part C)
  Dry roast the these and grind it in a coffee grinder( or a blender) to make a fine powder. Make sure you add fenugreek seeds and hing towards the end else it will burn and give bitter taste To make chutney: Tamarind chutney Heat the oil for tempering, add the red chilies until they are nicely browned. Add the remaining things and saute till the mustard seeds splutter( Part A). Now add the tamarind-jaggery mixture( Part B). Cook this on a low flame until you get a nice jam like consistency.  Add the dry masala powder ( Part C) and mix well.  Keep it aside. Step 2:   1 .5 cups of rice 1 tsp oil 1/2 tsp turmeric Cook rice with salt and set aside to cool. Once cooled add a  tsp oil and turmeric and mix well. Step 3: Make  tempering 2 IMG_3565 Ingredients: 1 tbsp oil 1 handful ( or two) peanuts 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tbsp urid daal 1 tbsp chana daal 1/2 tsp asafoetida A few curry leaves Roast/fry the peanut in oil on a low-medium heat. Add mustard seeds, urid and chana daal and saute well. Now add curry leaves.   Step 4: Mix it together Mix the cooked rice with a few tbsp of the prepared Tamarind chutney. Typically 4-5 tbsp chutney is enough for 1 cup raw rice cooked. Add Tempering 2. Mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired. You are done. Enjoy the authentic Pulliodarai   Notes: This tamarind chutney lasts a while even outside and if you refrigerate it, it can last upto a couple of months.