Launch a keyword search "pulihora or tamarind rice", sure your search engine will not deceive with variety of versions!
Puliyodarai is purely associated as a travel food by a Southie, temple prasadam (offering), etc... South Indian consumes primarily rice everyday, usually the leftover rice is turned out into any variety rice. In olden days, there was no refrigerator to store any leftover. This tamarind rice is boomed in that era. The tamarind and gingerly oil keep the rice intact for 2 to 3 days without refrigeration.
My mom was not fond of any mixed rice and prepares only when we travel. But, I lived near "Venkateswara temple", we can view one corner of the temple from my home. Getting up in middle of the sleep hearing "Suprabatham" loud in speakers. Me and my brothers will try to cover the head with blanket and continue to sleep until we hear my mom voice yelling is "late for school". Now, everything changed , no more loud devotional songs, people considered as a "disturbance / nuisance". The temple needs a special notice to use speakers!
Everyday, we use to run for the prasadam mostly is: puliyotharai! We get the offering/prasadam in hands, finish eating in seconds and wipe the oily hands in dress. Go back stand in line for second offering! That was so much fun! Now they serve in thonnai (small dry leaf cup) and wash basin is available to wash your hands. You have to sit and no more second offering :( Whenever we go back India, I visit often the temple with my son, he is so fond of Tamarind rice and call it Temple rice!
I recreated with the base of my mom recipe, the spice powder really gives a spicy twist! This version tastes similar to the temple puliyotharai that I use to have in my town.
The gravy stays fresh for months in fridge if used properly!
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