pulusu upma

Pulusu upma, Tamarind upma recipe

Pulusu upma/ Tamarind upma is an authentic arya vysya recipe where ground rice is cooked in tamarind extract. Its flavor is distinct from other upma variety made at home as it carries tanginess, spiciness and little sweet. My mom often makes it at home and i carry forwarded this traditional recipe to my home and i am sure to pass it to my daughter in the future. So lats get to the recipe!


  • Rice – 2 cups
  • Big size onion – 1
  • Tamarind lemon size – 1
  • Red chili – 2 nos
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Chili powder – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Water – 5 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • A spring of curry leaves

How to make pulusu upma with step by step images

  1. Soak tamarind in warm water and extract tamarind juice from it. Grind rice coarsely in a blender / mixie and set aside.puli upma
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan ; add red chili and curry leaves and saute till they wilt, then add  onion cubes and saute till they become translucent. Now add chili powder, salt and sugar and saute till the raw smell of chili powder goes.puli upma
  3. Now add the tamarind juice along with water  and allow it to boil. When the water starts boiling lower the flame and add the ground rice slowly with continuous stir. If u stop stirring while adding ground rice it will form lumps and the upma will not taste good. Now cover it with a lid and cook it in low  flame. A gentle stir is required occasionally  so that upma does not get burnt . Make sure u don’t mash the upma while stirring. It took 20 mins for me to cook. Put off the flame when done.
  4. It tastes best when served hot!


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