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Poornam Kozhakattai for Ganesha

Festival season has kicked in and its time for sweets. Among all festivals, Ganesha festival is my favourite as he is the vignahartha and my favourite god.Secondly its for the yummy koyakattai’s. I managed to make 21 of them with this receipe below. My mom & grandma are real specialists at it . I got this receipe from them.

Pulikachal – A Tamarind Delicacy

Pulikachal is one among the favourite side dishes , most people look forward at South Indian(Brahmin) weddings. Some people also call it Puli-ingi…. My husband just loves to have it with Molagutal. Now my 18 months old boy loves to lick it with his tiny fingers..



  1. Ginger 2 ” in length chopped into small pieces
  2. Tamarind (Pulli) Big Lemon size
  3. Jaggery 2 * small lemon size
  4. Turmeric 1/4 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
  7. Urd Dal 1/4 tsp
  8. Oil 4 tsp
  9. Asofoetida 1/4 tsp
  10. Green Chilli 4 -6 Slit into 2 halves . (Depending upon hotness)

How to make Pulikachal??

  1. Add Tamarind to 2 glasses of warm water. Once it softens , squeeze out the tamarind juice properly.
  2. Pour the oil in a kadai. Once it gets hot, add the seasoning ingredients ( Mustard seeds , urd dal , Asofoetida , Turmeric powder). Once the mustard seeds splutter , add ginger and green chillies.
    Fry all for about 2 min.
  3. Now add the squeezed tamarind juice and salt to the above fried ingredients.
  4. Once quantity of tamarind water added becomes half , add jaggery & again 1 glass of water.
    Allow it boil again. Now when the quantity is partially reduced , remove the Pulikachal from the gas.
  5. Pulikachal is now ready to be served with Molagutal.