Puliyodharai / Puliyogare / Tamarind Rice, a delicious dish by any name is delicious anyway!
Often served as a prasadam in temples in South India, it is one of the popular rice recipes. The tamarind-spice paste can be prepared in advance, preserved in lots of gingelly oil, and mixed with required quantity of rice, when needed.
Try this on one of the days this Navaratri, along with some Rajma Sundal for a traditional lunch menu.
Of all the rice dishes prepared at home, sesame rice and puliyodharai (tamarind rice) are my favourites. I have fond memories of puliyodharai as a companion on long train travels. The spice paste would be prepared at home a couple of days before the train journey, mixed with rice and ample quantities of gingelly oil, wrapped up neatly in scalded banana leaves. These would last nicely over a 36 hour train journey.
Accompanied by fried vadams, there was nothing quite like this.