Tamarind Rice Recipe

Tamarind Rice
Tamarind Rice

Have you ever thought that normal basmati rice can be easily turned into sweet and tangy flavored rice dish. That’s the trick, I have just added good amount of jaggery and tamarind to make this South Indian Rice Recipe, that is famously known as Tamarind Rice dish.

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Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 cups basmathi rice
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 3 tsp fenugreek
  • 1 tablespoon boiled green peas (optional)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup tamarind juice
  • 2 tbsp jaggery
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 4 big red chillies
  • 2 tsp roasted chana dal
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • Few curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • Salt to taste

How to make Tamarind Rice:

  1. Pressure Cook the rice by adding 8 cups of water and salt to taste.
  2. Spread the cooked rice onto a flat dish or plate and set aside.
  3. Heat little bit of oil in a pan and mix fenugreek, asafoetida and jaggery very well into it.
  4. Saute for few seconds, till jaggery melts.
  5. Cool the mixture and grind into a fine paste.
  6. Again heat little oil in the same pan and at this time, fry whole red chillies, chana dal, curry leaves and mustard very well.
  7. Carefully mix the prepared mixture with tamarind juice.
  8. Also add the prepared jaggery paste in the same mixture and mix very well.
  9. Put the tamarind vessel on a medium high heat and stir continue until it reaches to a thick gravy form.
  10. Pour the tamarind gravy into cooked rice and mix very well.
  11. Spread roasted peanuts, boiled green peas, turmeric powder and 1 tsp of sesame oil and mix again.
  12. Serve piping hot.


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