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[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

Tamarind rice or Puliyodharai is a delicious dish from the south of India, a region that loves its rice. Leftover rice is combined with spices, tamarind pulp and peanuts to create a filling meal with minimal fuss. It's served as a main course and often makes an appearance at auspicious occasions in southern India.

Tamarind rice is one of those dishes you can make ahead and store. Well, not the rice part, but the tamarind mix. So all you have to do is stir-fry leftover rice into the heated tamarind mixture for an instant meal. Have it with a few fried papads or some Indian chilli pickle and you have a dinner that's unique and filling.

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.

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