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|Alternative names||Puliyogare, Pulihora, Tamarind Rice|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||South India|
|Main ingredients||rice, tamarind|
Puliyodarai (Puli means Tamarind in Kannada,Telugu and Tamil ), Pulihora, Puliyogare or simply Tamarind Rice is a common rice preparation in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Puli in Pulihora can be translated as "sour taste" referring to the characterizing use of tamarind as one of the main ingredients.
It is known for not rotting very easily, since it uses a lot of oil. Hence, it is especially preferred as a take away for long distant journeys.
As Hindus consider turmeric powder a symbol of auspiciousness, Pulihora is usually cooked on special occasions and festive days. It is presented to God as part of prayers also given as prasadam in some temples; devotees queue to get Pulihora after darshana.
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