Here’s a quick and easy Tamarind Rice Recipe you can prepare during the fasting season:

Servings: 2


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 Tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 5 dried red chilies
  • 2 branches curry leaves
  • 1 knob of tamarind paste
  • 1 big onion
  • salt to taste
  • water
  • 1/4 cup neutral cooking oil
Tamarind Rice Recipe


  1. Put the rice to soak (minimum of 30 minutes) and cook until it is half-done.
  2. Slice the onion and separate in half.
  3. In a bowl, add the tamarind and some warm water for it to soak.
  4. Heat the oil and ghee. Fry the first half of the sliced onions on medium heat. Reserve for garnish.
  5.  In the same oil, add in the rest of the sliced onions, the curry leaves, mustard seeds and red chillies. Add salt and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Fold in the half-cooked rice and mix well. Strain the tamarind water paste and add that into the rice. Mix gently and add about 1/4 cup of water. Decrease to low heat and cover the pan for the rice to cook fully. Mix twice after 5 minutes each then take it off the heat and let it sit covered for another 15 minutes.
  7. Garnish with the fried onions and your Tamarind Rice is ready!