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Tamarind rice recipe made with a spice paste made with coconut, tamarind and spices. This is then cooked in gingely oil to give it a nice earthy flavor -- the paste at this stage can be used right away by mixing with rice to make the puliyodarai or can be stored in the fridge for 2~3 days.


4 servings

Total time

50 minutes





  • cod, halibut, hake or tilapia filet
  • 3 tbsps tamarind
  • 3 ~ 5 chilies
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • cod, halibut, hake or tilapia filet
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • cod, halibut, hake or tilapia filet
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 8 ~ 10 Curry leaves
  • 2 chilies
  • 1 tbsp Cashews Peanuts
  • 2 tsps chana dal
  • 4 ~ 5 tbsps Coconut Tamarind


  1. Make the Coconut-Tamarind Spice paste: Grind coconut, tamarind, green chilies and coriander seeds to a smooth paste adding just enough water to get the blender going.
  2. Heat ¼cup gingely oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once the seeds start to pop, add the ground paste and cook till the rawness cooks off. Add salt and mix well and cook till the oil starts to separate around the edges, takes about 10~15 minutes.
  3. Let the mixture cool completely and store in an air-tight container for upto 3 days.
  4. To make the Rice: Cook rice making sure that the grains are separate. Spread on a plate to cool.
  5. In a small pan, heat 1tsp gingelly oil, add chana dal, red chilies, curry leaves, peanuts and cashews. Once the seeds start to turn golden, pour it over the rice.
  6. Add the coconut-tamarind mix and mix gently with the rice. Taste and adjust the salt.