Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kumbalanga Pulisheri-Ash gourd in Coconut-Yogurt gravy

Pulisheri,literally translates to tangy curry,is an integral part of Kerala cuisine.Pazham pulisheri tops my list in the varieties of this.This one,has always been a favorite in our family that I sometimes forget that this is not a part of our cuisine.I was reminded this fact by a friend who had come home to our place for lunch.We being Konkani's,he thought it will be a full Konkani spread,which it was,but for this pulisheri.When this was served,he exclaimed-hey,pulisheri is a Kerala dish,how can you say its your cuisine?!!!

Which reminds me of a mock-fight me and hubby get into when it comes to the topic who's cuisine is the best-his(Mangalore GSB)or mine(Kerala GSB).We still fight about this,have not yet reached a conclusion,hehe.So without further ado about which cuisine this one is from,lets see how this yummy curry is made!!!Amma makes it her way and I have grown up on that taste.So I don't know if this is the authentic recipe for pulisheri(if there is any such thing).It is quite similar to this,only thing,jaggery is not added to this one.

Kumbalanga Pulisheri


Kumbalanga/Ash gourd - 1 big piece chopped into small cubes(I get cut pieces from a whole ash gourd-about 200 gms)
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Thick curds - 1/2 cup

Grind to a smooth paste
Grated coconut - 1/2 of one coconut(medium)
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green chillies-1 or 2(depending on the chillyness)

For seasoning
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Cook ash gourd in 3/4 litres of water with turmeric.
When it is cooked,add salt to taste.
Add the coconut paste at this stage.
Simmer for 3 minutes till everything gets mixed.
Switch off the flame.
Prepare seasoning in a pan and add all the ingredients one by one.
Add it to the pulisheri.
Beat the curds with a fork and add to the pulisheri when it is cooled a bit.
Serve hot with rice!!


  1. pulishery looks is mainly prepared on onam or vishu....nice divya....thonnanthu udaa etha....

  2. nice recipe..i will makeit sometime..i just make plain kootu with ashgourd..this would be a nice change..

  3. I love Pulisherry.. out of Kuvale! Its yummy. Its a kerela dish as my mom & mil dont make it. Its something like our Morukolumbu in South


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