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Thursday, February 2, 2012



Tamarind is a fruit which we get it from Tamarind tree. This tree is such a good friend of human beings because of its uses. To cook we can use its leaves, covered fruit when it was fresh, eat the fruit after peeling the skin. We can also eat the fruit when it is tender without removing the skin and also after peeling the skin by making them as lollipops by mixing them with salt and little chilli powder. But to get the fruit out of its cover lot of work needs to be done.

Kolar Grandma's 8 acre land
In summer holidays, that’s almost in Spring season we used to go to our grandma’s house in Kolar. We had a field which had one tamarind tree and other field had 3 tamarind trees. We had one more field which was of 8 acres agriculture land where we used to grow groundnuts, paddy, ragi, tomato according to the season. Then my mother and her sister brought up 4 acres land and planted mango plants in 1990. Definitely I guess by now the mango plants would have yielded good fruits and vegetables, no clue what happened to them after my marriage.

Well coming back to the topic of tamarind, tamarind used to be plucked and given to peel off the skin. We all used to sit beat the fruit with a stone or with hammer and peel out the fruit from it and take out the seeds from that. We used to play pallankuzhi/aali guli mane with the seeds. In Singapore it is called as congkak. Remove the hair like structure on the fruit and store it. Then my grandma used to pack all this fruit in different covers and send it to my house, our cousins houses, her brother house, as we all stayed in Bangalore. Instead of buying we used to get it from her and as there is a saying that tamarind is runa (credit), we used to pay her some money. Hmmm, gone are those days, today we have to pay money to get tamarind and we don’t get such a good quality one.

Game: Pallankuzhi/aali guli mane. This game is played by 2 players.
There will be 7 holes for each player and they will put 7 tamarind seeds into each hole and once it is over. From the 8th hole they will again take 7 seeds and put it into next 7 holes. Once they reach 8th hole and if it is empty they will put a hand into that and then take the 9th hole and its opposite hole seeds. One who has got more number of seeds is considered to be the winner. This is usually played in villages by two ladies after all their work for time-pass. Hope so I have not forgotten the rules.


Tamarind Seeds: Grandma, used to tell these tamarind seeds are very poisonous and if anybody consumes it by powdering it they will die.

That's the story of tamarind, its tree, its fruit and the game and tamarind seeds.

I was browsing on Monday through “Dilse- Show me your breakfast round up“hosted by Divya in 2010 for some breakfast recipes. I found a variety of breakfast over there, and found quite a number of interesting recipes. Among them I used to always fail to  do PuliAval or huliavalakki or gojjuavalakki, its parched rice spiced with tamarind juice and other spices. Hence, I selected to do that for today’s breakfast. Finally, I found a recipe in Prathibha's blog.

Tamarind – a lemon sized ball

Chilli Powder – 3 tsp (as spicy as it is required)
Salt – 2 tsp
Jaggery – gooseberry sized ball (better if its powdered)
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Parched Rice – 250 gms

For seasoning:
Onions – 2
Green chillies – 5 to 6 nos (again as spicy as required)
Salt – 2 tbsp
Curry leaves
Mustard Seeds – 1 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Groundnut Seeds – a little (roasted)
Cashewnut – a little

Soak the tamarind in luke warm water for sometime
Extract the pulp and use the skin in washing copper or brass vessels
In the pulp add salt, jaggery, turmeric, chilli powder and keep it aside
Soak the parched rice for some time and wash it for 3 times in the same manner, so that maximum husk and dust will come out
Pour the tamarind mixture on the parched rice and mix well. Watch out so that the water should be just enough to soak parched rice and should not be more. Keep it aside for 1 hour.

Did you guess what? I missed out to add jaggery and then mixed it with hot water and poured it on the washed parched rice. -:)

Chop onions, green chillies, cilantro and keep them aside
Heat Oil in a kadai and when it is hot roast cashewnuts and keep them aside
Again add little more oil and when it is hot add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves and allow it to fry
Put salt, green chillies, onions and fry the onions till they are translucent
Add groundnut seeds to the mixture and mix them well
Add parched rice to it and mix well allow it to cook for sometime
Garnish with cashewnuts and coriander leaves

Comments: My friend tasted it and said it is less spicy.
For the first time, my hubby told, you should have made some more. The taste was good. 

Thanks for Prathibha for her recipe and my little son, who helped me by sleeping while I was preparing and cooking this.

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