This is another delectable dish from the Andhra Kitchen. A friend’s Mom has been generous enough to keep a steady supply of recipes for my appetite as well as for the blog. ‘Pulusu’ (meaning sour in Telugu) is a stew which is generally tamarind based. You can choose to add a variety of vegetables. But I’ve chosen to make the Bandakaya Pulusu, (bendakaya meaning okra/lady’s finger in Telugu) since that’s my favorite.
- 1/4 kg okra/ lady’s finger
- 2 medium sized onions
- 1 tomato
- 2 green chilies
- 10 curry leaves
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp jaggery
- 1 small lemon sized tamarind
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 5-6 fenugreek seeds
- Few curry leaves
- Chop the okra into 1 inch long pieces and keep it aside
- Chop the onions, tomato and green chilies finely and keep it aside
- Heat some oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds
- Once the mustard crackles, add the chopped onions and green chilies and sauté for a minute.
- Add the okra pieces and cook on medium flame till the onions and okra turn slightly brown.
- Add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric and salt and stir well.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- Add the grated jaggery and tamarind pulp along with three cups of water to the okra and bring it to a boil.
- Adjust salt and cover the pan with a lid so that the okra cooks well
- Serve hot with rice
Preparation time: 30 minutes