Puli Pongal, also known as Tamarind Pongal, is a flavorful and tangy dish originating from South India. Traditionally served for breakfast, it is also commonly prepared for dinner or as an evening snack. The dish is primarily made from rice and tamarind juice, lending it a unique, tangy taste. Its flavor profile is enhanced with a medley of spices, including mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chillies, and asafoetida.
The preparation begins with frying these spices, along with peanuts and dhals, prior to adding the tamarind juice, turmeric powder, and salt. Once boiling, rice rava is incorporated, and the mixture is cooked until it thickens. The final touch is a specially prepared ground spice powder and a drizzle of oil. Puli Pongal can be enjoyed as a standalone dish or paired with any curd pachadi or Thuvaiyal for a more complete meal.