Gummadikaya pulusu recipe – andhra pumpkin stew with tamarind

Gummadikaya pulusu
Gummadikaya pulusu

Pulusu is a simple sweet & sour stew recipe of andhra and it can be made with most vegetables like potato, drumstick, pumpkin, ladyfinger, yam, bottlegourd and ridge gourd. Gummadikaya pulusu is one that is prepared with red pumpkin. No garlic, no garam masala is needed for pulusu.
1 cup of cubed pumpkin pieces
1 green chili
½ cup of onions
1 sprig curry leaves
pinch of mustard
 pinch of cumin / jeeera
pinch of fenugreek seeds / menthulu
tamarind juice as needed (wash and soak tamarind in warm water, squeeze and filter the thick juice)
1 tsp red chili pow(adjust as per your taste)
1 tso coriander powder
grated jaggery as needed
salt to taste
coriander fistful chopped (optional)
oil 2 tbsps
1.   Heat oil in a deep pan, add cumin, mustard amd methi, when they begin to splutter add curry leaves and green chili. sauté for a min
2.   Add onions and sprinkle salt and fry till they turn slightly pink, needs no browning of onions
3.   Add the pumpkin pieces,  fry on high for 2 mins
4.   Add red chili powder, turmeric and fry for a min

5.   Add jaggery and pour the tamarind juice, mix, cover and cook on a low flame for 3 to 4 mins. this enhances the taste of the pumpkin pieces
6.   Add enough water to cover the pumpkin pieces , add coriander powder
7.   Cover and cook till pumpkin is fully done. cooking on a very low flame makes the pulusu tasty
8.   Off the heat and add coriander if using

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