Rava Pulihora with Lemon

Fragrant one pot dish using broken rice aka rice rava. Punched up with a good dose of lemon, the crunch of the peanuts and dals are perfect against the soft rice rava!

Rava Pulihora

What I enjoy most about this recipe is the tempering with spices and curry leaves filling the home with a warming aroma. Comes together in a snap and flavor-wise is tremendously good!

Rava Pulihora Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 30-35 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups raw rice rava (cook and spread to cool)

salt to taste

juice of 2 large lemons

1/2 tsp turmeric/haldi/pasupu

For tempering/tadka/poppu:

1 1/2 tbsps oil

3/4 tsp mustard seeds

3/4 tsp cumin seeds

3-4 medium dry red chillis

1 tbsp channa dal/split bengal gram/senaga pappu

1 tbsp urad dal/minappapu/split black gram

4 green chillis slit length wise

1 1/4 tsps finely minced ginger

1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida/inguva

15-20 fresh curry leaves

1/4 tsp grated jaggery or brown sugar

2 fistfuls roasted peanuts

1 Take a vessel, add 3 1/4 cups of water, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric pwd and bring to a boil. Add rice rava and combine. Place lid, reduce flame and cook till soft. Turn off heat. Once cool, spread out the cooked rice rava on a wide plate.
2 While the rice rava is cooking, squeeze out juice from the lemons, add 1/2 tsp salt and combine. Keep aside.
3 Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add dry red chillis, cumin seeds, channa dal, urad dal and fry for a mt till the dals turn red. Next add the slit green chillis, ginger, asafoetida, curry leaves and 1/4 tsp turmeric pwd and fry for 15 secs. Add the jaggery, cook for 15-20 secs and turn off heat.
3 Add the seasoning and lemon juice to the cooked rice rava and combine well such that its spread all over to the rice rava. Adjust salt and add more lemon juice if required. Finally add the roasted peanuts and combine. Let it sit for at least 1-2 hrs for the flavors to set in.
4 Serve with appadam/chips and curd.


Pulihora tastes best after sitting for a couple of hours from the time of preparation. You can make this recipe using vermicelli instead of rice or broken rice.


Rava Pulihora with Lemon

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Fragrant one pot dish using broken rice aka rice rava. Punched up with a good dose of lemon, the crunch of the peanuts and dals are perfect against the soft rice rava! What I enjoy most about this recipe is the tempering with spices and curry leaves filling the home with a warming aroma. Comes together in a snap and flavor-wise is tremendously good!


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  • http://srefoodblog.blogspot.com shyam

    Oh wow, that first photograph is STUNNING!

  • http://cilantro-cilantro.blogspot.com/ Cilantro

    Great pictures as always, very simple recipe indeed. Have you tried the same recipe with left over idlis?.

    I do make idli upma with a similar seasoning and a dash of lime.

  • http://acookatheart.blogspot.com Manasi

    Simple! Stunning picture! and SO perfect for a weekend meal!

  • sudha

    Hello Sailu Garu,


    Puli hora is looking good. But i don’t know what is raw rice powder, i didnt get what actually that meant and where do i find that?


    Its also called as biyyam nooka or cracked (broken) rice. Basically rice is processed to make a coarse broken form of rice.

  • జ్యోతి

    వినాయక చవితి శుభాకాంక్షలు…

    నేను బొంబాయి రవ్వతో ఇలాగే నిమ్మపులిహోర చేస్తాను. త్వరగా అవుతుంది. వెరయిటీగా ఉంటుంది. అదేంటంటే పిల్లలు నూకతో చేస్తే ఇష్టపడరు.. :)

  • Tarannum

    hi sailu, the pulihora is very inspiring! is rice rawa the same as idli rawa?

    No, Tarannum. Rice rava is coarsely ground raw rice. It goes by the name ‘biyyam rava or biyyam nooka’. Ammi knows it, ask her. Hope all is good. :)

  • http://www.curryinkadai.blogspot.com kalva

    yes pinni makes this.. so yummy, pics look so good

  • Sivaprasad Rao

    Namastey…Sailu gaaru…

    nenu bachelor, employee…mee food articles ni saakshi paper lo choosi nenu cook chestuntanu…naaku chaala useful and easy to cook.

    meeku krutangyatalu sailu garu.

    You are most welcome, Sivaprasad Rao garu.

  • Rathnam

    Hello Sailu garu,

    I have a small question more like a clarification, when you say 2 cups rice, is it a regular measuring cup or electric rice cooker cup?.


    Regular measuring cup, Rathnam garu.

  • priya

    Hi sailu,
    I love ur style of cooking and enjoy preparing them too.
    By which name can I find The coarse rice rava which u used for this recipe in Indian grocery stores in US.
    I tried to get it but couldn’t find,we only get idli rava,can i use that.

  • padma

    Hi Sailu,
    Thanks for a whole lot of wonderful recipes.Meeru ravva pulihora vermicelli tho cheyachu annaru kada,dani recipe koncham istara..ante Vermicelli boil chesi pakkana pettukoni rest all same procedure yena..leka inka emanna add cheyyala..vermicelli boil chesi pettukoni pulihora la kalupukunte adi antha sarigga ne kalusthunda ani na doubt..pls andi meeku vellu unnappudu clarify cheyandi..thanks…

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  • Soumya

    Hello Sailu Garu,

    I was going through eenadu today and found that they have used your rava pulihora picture. It is sad if they haven’t asked for your permission. Such a big newspaper and not taking the owner’s permission would be very unapologetic. Just wanted to get that to your notice.


    • Sailu

      They have not taken my permission. Unfortunate. Thanks so much for informing me, Soumya. Really appreciate you taking the time to inform me.

  • Radha

    Hi Sailu,
    i made uppu kudumulu from ur site for Ganesh puja, and was thinking what to do with them as no one eats those. I found this recipe and used those kudumulu,(broken up into rava ofcourse) to make this. It turned out great! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes.. best wishes..


  • Archana

    Hi sailu,
    nenu just 1hr back e recipe chusanu and i cudnt stop myself frm not preparng it..i have cooked nd it came really well,THANKS to u..well am waiting fr my husband to return back so that he too enjoy the fabulous taste..thank again..and plz keep exploring nd bloggong.
    lots of wishes..

  • Swetha Tanikella

    hey Shailu, i know its very late for a comment. try this recipe without cumin seeds. i like that version better.. btw pic looks good and i wanted to eat it imme. so making it now :)

  • Ak

    Hi Sailu,
    I started trying out recipes from your site after my son was diagnosed to be hypoglycemic and protein deficient due to a genetic disorder. He is a picky eater but eats your recipes 95% of the time. All healthy and nutritious recipes best suited for him. Thank you so much. He doesn’t like pasta, noodles. Whole wheat pastas will be good for him. Can you help me with a different pasta recipe? BTW, your oats idlis were tried out and he held good on one idli for three hours. Thanks for posting such good recipes.