Thursday, April 26, 2012

Orange Peel Pulikachal

Pulikachal is one of hubby’s favourite. My MIL makes excellent pulikachal. The trick to making a good pulikachal is achieving the right balance of spice, tang and sweetness. Now for those of you who are wondering what is pulikachal – it is a saucy preparation made out of tamarind extract and spices. It is generally mixed with plain hot white rice with a dollop of ghee or sesame oil. The taste is just amazing. It can also be served as an accompaniment to molagootal, curd rice, idly or dosa.

Few days back when I was visiting my grandmom, she prepared all my favourite dishes. She also prepared some new recipes which I was having for the first time. She continues to amaze me with her passion for cooking. Even at this age of 81 she is up to date with the latest current affairs. She watches cookery shows on t.v and even tries out some of them.

The orange peel pulikachal is the result of one such experiment of hers. Though I had heard a lot about this variant of pulikachal, I never tried it. When I had it there I just fell in love with its taste and the flavour of the orange peel. So off we go the recipe. 

What you’ll need
  1. Tamarind – A Lemon sized ball
  2. Orange Peel – of 1 orange
  3. Green Chilly – 1
  4. Jaggery – 1 tbsp
  5. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  6. Salt to taste

For tempering
  1. Oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  3. Curry Leaves - few

Dry Roast and Grind
  1. Channa Dal – 2 tsp
  2. Dried Red Chilly – 2 or 3 (adjust according to taste)
  3. Asafoetida – A big pinch
  4. Seasame Seeds – 1 tsp

  1. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze and extract the tamarind juice.
  2. Heat a Kadai, dry roast, channa dal, dried red chilly and asafoetida till the dal turns golden brown. Cool completely and powder.
  3. Roast sesame seeds separately until they start popping. Cool and powder separately.
  4. Heat the same Kadai with oil. Temper with mustard seeds. Add curry leaves and chopped green chillies. Fry for a minute.
  5. Next add finely chopped orange peel and fry for a few minutes.
  6. Now add the tamarind extract to the kadai.
  7. Add turmeric powder, salt and jaggery. Let this boil for 10 minutes on medium flame.
  8. After a while of boiling, the tamarind extract will become a little thicker in consistency. At this stage add the roasted and powdered spices and mix well. Adjust seasoning and remove from heat.
  9. Finally add the powdered sesame powder.

Delicious pulikachal with a flavour of orange peel is ready.
Serve as an accompaniment with rice and molagootal or with curd rice or even with idly or dosa.
You could also mix a little pulikachal with steaming hot white rice with a dollop of ghee. It tastes really yum.

Linking this to Healthy Diet - Healthy Side Dishes hosted by Vardhini and to Kerala Kitchen hosted by Ramya


Faseela said...

a very new pulikachal, luvd the addition of orange peel there....yummy

Priya dharshini said...

Glad to know abt ur grandma..luv the tangy pulikachal..

Hema said...

Wow delicious, I can imagine the flavor..

Roshni said...

Kaveri.. you are right. the trick to perfect pulikachal is the right combination. i make it once in a while. But mostly mess up one or the other. still trying to perfect it :-) my MIL makes this amazing pulikachal. one of these days i have to get the exact ratio from her. she does everything by approx. so i have to stand next to her to note down :-) love your orange peal twist. never tasted it

Suja Manoj said...

Innovative recipe,can imagine the flavor..

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Sounds new to me...looks interesting.Must be flavorful.

anjana said...

Tangy and flavourful authentic recipe..must be very delicious..loved it

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Adding orange peel will give a unique and nice flavor to pulikaichal. nicely done

Ramya said...

very new dish to me. thanks for sharing with kerala kitchen

Sangeetha M said...

very interesting one, sounds so tangy n falvorful one...glad to hear abt your Grandmom n her skill...great!!

Unknown said...

very new and impressive innovative idea...

Priya Suresh said...

WOw ur grandma rocks..Pulikachal with orange peels looks droolworthy and definitely flavourful..

Vardhini said...

Dish with orange peel is new to me. Must be very delicious with the citrus flavors. Thx for linking.


Anzz said...

Orange peel in savoury dishes is new to me. Like the concept. Will try out this new idea ..!

Julie said...

Orange peel is an innovative addition to pulikachal..yummy yum dish,perfectly made Kaveri!

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Sensible Vegetarian said...

We make a pachadi out of Orange Peel adding jaggery but adding it to pulikachal is totally innovative, looks fantastic.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

very interesting recipe..looks yummm
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Swathi said...

Pulikachal looks delicious Kaveri. Amma makes it.

Kanan said...

something new and interesting. I always come to know some great things from your blog. thanks for sharing, love it

Raks said...

my mom makes this as well, we call it as pachadi and goes well with curd rice yumm

Unknown said...

I am bookmarking this Kaveri! looks too good! also loved your guest post at good food :) congrats dear - nice to read more about you :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

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