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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Valliyoor Kuravu Pulusu

The comfort curry I learnt from Amma. Apparently this dish is a mix of Andhra and Tamil, our ancestors, who belonged to Andhra, later got settled in the Southern towns of Tamil Nadu (in and around Valliyoor) would have possibly included the curry in their regular diet.

A request to my blogger pals who hail from Andhra….

Have you heard of this ‘Pulusu’ in your state, as such? I still wonder how this Pulusu acquired this strange name. May be Valliyoor, the town in Southern Tamil Nadu, Kuravu- the spinach and Pulusu- the curry, put together would explain the same.

An aromatic, healthy curry which goes well with rice, a meal by itself..


Spinach-any variety-use the leaves only- a medium bunch which yields 3 cups more or less when chopped fine.

Shallots/ pearl onions-assort smallest ones to use it as such-10-15 nos or a handful

Tamarind- a gooseberry sized ball- Soak and extract pulp

Salt-to taste

To grind to a smooth paste

Grated Coconut- ¾ cup
Garlic cloves-1-2
Red chillies-10 (I use 20 ;)-according to your spice level.. you can also use chilly powder)
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Jeera powder-1/2tsp

To Season

Oil-Preferably sesame seed oil :)-a tbsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Urad dal-1/4 tsp
Uluva/venthaiyam/methi seeds-1/4 tsp
Shallots/ pearl onions-2-3 sliced round
Red chillies-2 nos-broken to 3 pcs.
Curry leaves- a sprig


1. Cook chopped spinach in a cup of water along with the handful of onions.. While 3/4th done, add the ground paste, salt and tamarind extract.
3. Bring to a boil and simmer until the raw smell of the curry disappears; say for 10-15 mins.Add 4. water if needed to get the right consistency.
5. Remove from fire, season the curry with the listed ingredients.
6. Serve warm with steamed rice.

I've been tagged by Lena and Priya.

The rules :
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share the ABCs of you.

4. Tag 4 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.

5. Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.

The Tag:
1. A – Available/Single? Sorry- No(sigh) ;)

2. B – Best friend? Amma, Sis, Swapna, Seba n Raju (5 Best please)
3. C – Cake or Pie? Cake

4. D – Drink of choice? Apple nectar

5. E – Essential item you use every day? Mobile phone
6. F – Favorite color? Peach
7.G–Gummy Bears Or Worms? Like both.The flavour matters rather than the shape.Still not choosy...
8. H – Hometown? Kottayam.
9. I – Indulgence? Non-veg food, any time, any day :)
10. J – January or February? Jan- My Birthmonth
11. K – Kids & their names? Kavya and Akshay

12. L – Life is incomplete without? A warm family.
13. M – Marriage date? 26th Jan
14. N – Number of siblings? Two

15. O – Oranges or Apples? Apples
16. P – Phobias/Fears? Ophidio(Snakes)and Hydro(deep water)Phobias..
17. Q – Quote for today? Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
18. R – Reason to smile? Friends.
19. S – Season? Spring

20. T – Tag 3 People?
Kitchen Queen, Suma, Sharmilee
21. U – Unknown fact about me? impatience

22. V – Vegetable you don't like? Love all
23. W – Worst habit? Browsing without a clue of time.. :)
24. X – X-rays you've had? The back bone X-ray for lower back pain, a few years ago
25. Y – Your favorite food? Edibly Non-veg ;)
26. Z – Zodiac sign? Aquarius
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