Pulikuthi upperi

This is a typical Palakkad dish. Upperi is a side dish like thoran or poduthuval . Pulikuthi upperi simply means an upperi prepared with puli / tamarind . Pulikuthi upperi goes well with rasam. At home right from my grandmother, everyone would add sesame oil to hot rice mix it with pulikuthi upperi and have it.

Ingredients

Red pumpkin —- 3/4 cup

Raw banana — 1 big

Ladies finger — 8-10

Brijal — 1-2

Tamarind — small lemon size

Raw rice —- 2 tablespoons

Fenugreek seeds —- 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chili —- 2

Mustard seeds —- 1 taspoon

Urad dal —- 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder —- 1/2 teaspoon

Salt — 1 1/2 teaspoon

Coconut oil —- 1 tablespoon

Curry leaves.

Method

Soak tamarind in a glass of water and remove the juice. Cut all vegetables into small cubes / pieces . Cook pumpkin and raw banana in tamarind juice ,adding 1 teaspoon of salt and turmeric. When the vegetables are half cooked, add the ladies finger and brinjal . Add the remaining salt and cook all the vegetables . Dry roast raw rice, fenugreek seed, red chili and powder them coarsely . Once the vegetables are cooked, add the powder, give it a stir and further cook for 2 minutes and put of the heat. Heat oil in a small pan, add the mustard seeds,when they crackle,add the urad dal. When the dal changes color, put off the heat. Add the curry leaves, add this to the upperi. Pulikthi upperi is ready.

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