Melkote is a small temple town, 150 kms from Bangalore. It is popular for Narasimha temples, a large Iyengar community and tangy puliyogare. Melkote Puliyogare a divine tasting tamarind rice, served in temples of Melkotte, Karnataka
- Cooked rice
Ingredients for Puliyogare gojju
- 2 Tamarind, Tennis ball size soaked in water and pulp extracted
- 2 pieces Achu vellam /Moulded jaggery, crushed, soaked in water
- 1/2 cup Til oil / Gingelly oil
- Mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon Dry coconut, grated or finely chopped
- Kondakadalai /Black channa
- Dry red chillies
- Curry leaves
Ingredients for Puliyogare pudi:
- 1/4 cup Coriander seeds
- 1/4 cup Dry red chillies (Byadge variety), cut into pieces
- 1/8 cup Gram dhal (Kadalai paruppu)
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon Urad dhal
- Soak tamarind and jaggery in lukewarm water and extract thick pulp. Boil the pulp until it becomes a paste.
- Heat oil and add remaining ingredients for Puliyogare gojju.
- Add the tempering to pulp and keep aside. This is the temple style puliyogare gojju.
- In a kadai, dry roast the ingredients given for Puliyogare pudi one by one and powder it when cool. This is the puliyogare podi.
- Add gojju, puliyogare podi and salt to the cooked rice and mix gently.
- Garnish with dry coconut and Tulasi.
- Serve Melukote puliyogare warm.