Friday, October 23, 2009

Vellarikka Pulissery.......An authentic Kerala side dish

vellerikka pulissery

Pulisherry is an authentic Kerala side dish which goes well with rice for lunch.
Pulisherry can be prepared with a variety of alternate vegetables as the main ingredient and accordingly the name varies. The main ingredient can be Cucumber (Vellarika), Mango, Pineapple, Banana etc.

The one I have prepared today is the Vellarika Pulisherry.

And here is the recipe.

  1. Cucumber - 1 medium size
  2. Curd (Yogurt) - 3 Tbsps
  3. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Red chillie powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt - 1 tsp (alter as per taste)

For tempering
  1. Oil - 1 Tbsp
  2. Shallots - 3
  3. Dried Red chillie - 2
  4. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
  6. Curry leaves - a sprig

For the Gravy 
  1. Coconut - 4 Tbsps (grated)
  2. Cumin seeds - 1tsp
  3. Shallots - 3
  4. Green chillie - 1


1) Peel and cut the cucumber into small pieces and boil it in a pan with enough water and salt till it gets cooked.

2) Put the ingredients for the gravy in a mixer and grind it into a smooth paste. 

3) Add the paste from the mixer to the cooked cucumber along ith the turmeric powder and red chillie powder and boil it for a  few minutes.Keep stirring in between.

4) Switch off the heat and add the beaten curd to it. Stir it for a few minutes. The Pulisherry can be now transferred to a serving bowl.

5) In a separate pan add oil and put the mustard seeds. Once it starts sputtering , add the shallots (finely chopped) , fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and dried red chillies.Saute them for a minute without getting them burnt. Get it from the pan and add on the top of Pulisherry. The Vellarika Pulisherry is ready to be served!!!!!!!

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