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Pulihora – The Poor Man’s Feast
Updated : August 15, 2022 06:08 IST
Pulihora is a dish that is regularly offered as prasadam in temples during various festivals that are celebrated
There are various ways in which rice is cooked in our country. From biryani to kheer to cheela – rice is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner and both as a sweet and a savoury dish. The comfort of a plate full of steamed rice with your favourite curry is unmatched. Or a hot bowl of ghee laden khichdi is enough to warm the cockles of your heart. In the southern states of India, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, one of the most popular kinds of rice dishes is the Tamarind rice. Called Pulihora in Andhra Pradesh, it is also known as the poor man’s feast.
Pulihora literally means sour rice. With the word puli meaning sour. It is a dish that is regularly offered as prasadam in temples during various festivals that are celebrated. Especially during Vinayak Chaturthi and Sita-Rama Kalyanam, Pulihora is prepared and served in packets to the devotees that visit temples. A great quality of this dish is that it is very travel friendly and stays absolutely fresh for a couple of days. During olden days, it was the one food item that was carried when people went on long journeys. Pulihora also has a lot of turmeric which makes the dish look a bright yellow colour. Turmeric is considered pure in the Hindu culture and that is why pulihora is so promptly used as Prasadams in temples. It has spicy, sweet and tangy flavour and it is packed with a unique taste. It is often called a poor man’s feast because it is so affordable, has a delicious taste and can be eaten for all three meals of the day. It is also a very healthy option because tamarind has many health benefits like anti-bacterial properties and reduction of cholestrol.
Pulihora | Picture credits : Instagram – @curryandvanilla16
Let us look at a quick recipe for pulihora.
For seasoning
Enjoy your pulihora with curd or pickle and store it up to 3 days without a refrigerator and for a week with it.
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