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Melukote Puliogare Mix (250 gms)


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A Legacy in Every Bite: Melukote Puliogare

Nestled amidst the serene hills of Karnataka, the temple town of Melukote holds a special culinary treasure – Melukote Puliogare. This vibrant rice dish, bursting with flavors and aromas, is more than just a meal; it’s a cultural and culinary heritage, passed down through generations.

Melukote’s association with Puliogare (meaning “tamarind rice”) dates back centuries. Traditionally, it was prepared in the temple kitchens as a sacred offering to the presiding deity, Cheluvanarayana Swamy. The unique blend of spices and meticulous preparation process were passed down from one generation to the next. Over time, this unique dish, found its way into local homes, and eventually gained widespread popularity.

Unlike other tamarind rice varieties, Melukote Puliogare boasts a distinct taste profile. The key lies in its spice mix, a secret blend of dry roasted and ground spices like coriander, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, and red chilies. This aromatic concoction, often called “puliogare gojju”, forms the heart of the dish.

The addition of tamarind extract adds a sweet and tangy flavor, perfectly balanced by a hint of jaggery. Toasted peanuts, cashews, and fried gram (chana dal) offer a delightful textural contrast, while curry leaves adds a touch of freshness.

Melukote Puliogare transcends its culinary significance, holding a special place in the socio-cultural fabric of the region. It’s a staple at festivals and celebrations, bringing families and communities together. The aroma of freshly prepared Puliogare evokes a sense of nostalgia and reminds people of their roots and traditions.

Today, the legacy of Melukote Puliogare is carried forward by generations of families and businesses. Traditional methods of preparing the spice mix and using locally sourced ingredients are still meticulously followed, ensuring the authenticity of the flavor.

Several families in Melukote have taken up the mantle of preserving this culinary heritage, offering ready-to-mix packs and even pre-prepared versions of the dish. This not only makes it accessible to a wider audience but also ensures the survival of this unique culinary tradition.

Whether relished in the serene temple setting of Melukote or enjoyed as a comfort meal at home, Melukote Puliogare offers a sensory experience beyond compare. Its intricate blend of flavors, textures, and cultural significance makes it a dish worth savoring. So, take a moment to appreciate the unique culinary heritage it represents, a legacy passed down through generations, nestled in every delicious bite.


  • Coriander Seeds
  • Dried Chillies
  • Black Pepper (Menasu)
  • Cumin (Jeerige / Jeera)
  • Fenugreek (Menthe / Methi)
  • Mustard (Sasive)
  • Turmeric (Haldi)
  • Curry Leaves
  • Hing

How to use Melukote Puliogare Mix

  • In a pan add 2 table spoon cooking oil and heat it
  • Add 5 table spoon Melukote Puliogare Mix and stir well
  • Mix 200 gms of steamed rice
  • Do not add jaggery and tamarind
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