I am not quite sure whether such a recipe for tamarind rice or 'puli sadam' exists traditionally in the state, but this had been one of the regular dishes ever since I got married, which I learnt from my in-laws.
So, what is this Raw or Pachai Puli Sadam all about?
Unlike the regular Tamarind Rice where you prepare the tangy sauce and spice powder, this calls for the simple tamarind extract and some extra amount of left over rice (particularly if you had skipped the day's lunch!) as for the main ingredients.
It's easy to make and a satisfying meal that doesn't demand for any accompaniments, the ingredients always ready in a South Indian kitchen and more satisfying as you had found a good way to get rid of the previous day's left over rice!
Pachai Pulisadam / Raw Tamarind Rice
To serve 2
Freshly cooked rice or left over rice - 4 cups
Tamarind- a medium lime sized- extract thick pulp
Sesame seed oil/ Nallennai- 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt- as needed
Sesame seed oil/ Nallennai- 2 tbsps
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Hing/ perungaya podi- 3 fat pinches
Dried red chillies- 7-8 nos, broken into 3-4 pcs each
Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
Shallots/ chinna vengayam - 12-15 nos, cut into 4 pcs each
Mix 4 cups of rice with thick tamarind extract, 1/4 cup of sesame seed oil, salt and turmeric powder, if possible with your clean dry fingers. Lightly press/pack the rice. Close it with a lid and let it stand for at least 6-8 hours.
After 4-6-8 hours,
Heat 1/4 cup of sesame seed oil in a wok, splutter the mustard seeds, brown the urad dal, throw in the curry leaves and broken chillies. Stir in the shallot pieces (it shouldn't get sauteed but retain the rawness and cruchiness) immediately followed by the rice. Mix gently on fire until pulisadam gets heated up and the oil coats over the grains.
Remove from fire and serve hot with vadagam / paruppu thuvaiyal / curd.
I marinate the rice overnight and use it for brunch the following day. So, I let it stand for 10-12 hours.
The marinated rice keeps well for few more hours under refrigeration.
Always use shallots / chinna vengayam cut into chunks. If you do not prefer the raw crunchy taste and texture, feel free to saute a bit in oil before you add the red chilles. See to it you do not over do that.
Pachai pulisadam serves well as a packed lunch too :)