Paa’s Favorite – Puliyogre

I could start this post by thanking you for multiple things. Such as the roof over my head or the food you place on the table but somehow when I sit back and think about how truly thankful I am to have you as my father those things barely scratch the surface. What I really want to thank you for are the countless times you carried me on your shoulders even when I was getting too big to be up there.

You forgive my faults and only encourage my strengths. You are so proud of me and your confidence in me reminds me that I am meant for greater! Every day I know how much you love me! Especially those photo sessions that you did for both of us from day 1! Every time we are together you just pick up your camera  and  the shoot begins….that’s the precious gift you gave us –“our childhood captured in beautiful way”…I still cherish those days looking on those excellent photographs taken by you. Thanks a lot paa.

 It has been said that “the most important thing a father can do for his children, is to love their mother.”  You have been the greatest example of this!  Your love and care for our family shines brightly through you!  You always have shown me love and set an example for me on how to treat people. Through you I have learnt how it feels when you help someone, yes! the smile on their face gives us immense joy and  satisfaction.

I know I still have much to learn, but I have begun to see, How blessed I am with a Father who has loved and corrected me. Thank you for the life and legacy that you’ve given me! Paa, you’re the greatest. It’s not just because you’re there for me through good times and bad. It’s also because you make the bad times good with your amazing love and support.

Always remember, no matter where I am or how old I get, I will always love you.

Happy Father’s Day Paa !

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                                                                                              Puliyogre / Pulihora

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Pulihora, simply put, is rice flavored with a tart/sour ingredient, tempered with mild spices, roasted peanuts & lentils. The main flavor component could come from tamarind, lemon, mango – they are all fabulous. My dad loves it and everytime he visits us he always want to have puliyogre. So here it is to u, simple puliyogre recipe. I am sure you will try thing as u finish reading this post..hehehe …Enjoy !!

 Ingredients-

  • 1 cup raw rice
  • ½ cup tamarind
  • 4 tablespoon groundnuts
  • 2 tablespoon grated jaggery
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2-3 dry red chillies
  • 1-2 green chillies, slit
  • 2 tablespoon chana dal
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  • 3 tablespoon oil (normal or sesame oil)
  • salt to taste

For Roasting & Grinding –

  • 2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds

How to go about it-

  1. Wash the rice properly twice or thrice, add enough water to it and cook it in pressure cooker or microwave.
  2. Once the rice is done cool it completely by spreading it over wide plate and mix little oil so that the grains do not stick.
  3. Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of water for 10-15 mins or microwave the mixture for a minute. After it is cooled add grated jaggery and mix well until it is melted completely.
  4. Dry roast mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and sesame seeds until they pop up. Cool them completely and grind all the roasted seeds along with grated coconut to a fine powder.
  5. In a pan, heat oil and crackle the mustard seeds, add groundnuts and fry until they are done. Add chana dal, urad dal, red chillies, green chillies and fry for a couple of minutes until done.
  6. Add curry leaves, asafoetida and turmeric powder and fry for a minute and then add tamarind pulp and jaggery mixture and mix until the mixture thickens completely.
  7. Add salt and mix.
  8. Now remove it from the stove and let it cool a bit and pour the remaining mixture over the cooled rice and also add the powder (ground) and mix properly until everything is well blended.
  9. Serve hot with papad or coriander chutney.

Note-

  • Store the puliyogre mix in an airtight container only after completely cooling it down to the room temperature. And when you store it the container, add extra sesame oil, may be 3 to 4 tbsp.
  • The taste of the puliyogre paste increases day by day as it sits in the container for several days. Puliyodharai paste has the long shelf-life in refrigerator.
  • You can add less or more spice powder according to how hot you want the rice to be.

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