Puzhi Thanni Recipe

Plainly translated as tamarind water, this is like a kuzhambu although made only with tamarind, water, and spices. It is eaten with plain white rice.
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Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time10 Min
Ready In20 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings4
Main IngredientInterest Group

Recipe Story

This is a traditional but not so special recipe made in my maternal family. I don't know if it is made in other communities, but at my place, it appears at least once or twice in a month. It is very simple to prepare, although having it with porikadalai thuvaiyal is a must. Else, it won't taste good. This is the way you should eat it: Mash white rice with porikadalai thuvaiyal, add puli thanni over it, and have it with a vegetable side dish. Try it and see if you like it.


 Tamarind ball1 Small (Lemon size)
 Red chilies8
 Bengal gram1 Tablespoon
 Curry leaves1 Tablespoon
 Asafoetida powder1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Fenugreek1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Oil3 Tablespoon, divided
 Mustard seeds1 Teaspoon
 Urad dal1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Water500 Milliliter
 Salt To Taste

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 134 Calories from Fat 106

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g18.4%

Saturated Fat 1.5 g7.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 102.3 mg4.3%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g2%

Dietary Fiber 1.5 g5.8%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 2 g3.5%

Vitamin A 4.1% Vitamin C 48.3%

Calcium 1.8% Iron 4.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Things You Will Need

Frying pan


1. Soak tamarind in water to make tamarind water. Filter it and keep it ready.

2. Take a frying pan, add 2 tablespoon oil, and heat.
3. Add fenugreek and fry. Throw in red chilies, bengal gram, and asafoetida together. Fry it.
4. Pour tamarind water. Sprinkle salt and add curry leaves. Let the mixture boil.
5. When it comes to a not-too-watery and not-too-thick consistency, switch off stove.
6. Temper mustard seeds and urad dal in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add it to the puli thanni.

7. Serve over rice and porikadalai thuvaiyal along with a vegetable side dish such as vendakkai poriyal.