Melkote Puliyogare

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
  • Groundnut
  • Kondakadalai /Black channa
  • Dry red chillies
  • Asafoetida
  • Curry leaves
  • Cashews

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


  1. Soak tamarind and jaggery in lukewarm water and extract thick pulp. Boil the pulp until it becomes a paste.
  2. Heat oil and add remaining ingredients for Puliyogare gojju.
  3. Add the tempering to pulp and keep aside. This is the temple style puliyogare gojju.
  4. In a kadai, dry roast the ingredients given for Puliyogare pudi one by one and powder it when cool. This is the puliyogare podi.
  5. Add gojju, puliyogare podi and salt to the cooked rice and mix gently.
  6. Garnish with dry coconut and Tulasi.
  7. Serve Melukote puliyogare warm.

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