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Ulipaya Pulusu Recipe

Anjana Rao
20 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Ulipaya Pulusu Recipe RECIPE

Ulipaya pulusu is a traditional Andhra recipe prepared using shallots or pearl onions also popularly known as sambar onions. Ulipaya pulusu is spicy, sour and mildly sweet gravy with sambar onions being the main ingredient unlike other pulusu recipes where onions are used to give body to the pulusu.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Simmering
  • Main Dish
  • Low Calorie

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 250 gms Sambar onions/pearl onions/shallots
  2. 4 to 5 green chillies slit
  3. 1 lemon sized tamarind soaked in water
  4. 5 to 6 garlic cloves
  5. 2 tsp red chilli powder
  6. 1/4th tsp turmeric
  7. ½ tsp mustard seeds
  8. ½ tsp cumin Seeds
  9. 6 to 7 fenugreek seeds/methidana/mentulu
  10. 1 ½ tsp jaggery
  11. few curry leaves
  12. A pinch of asafoetida
  13. 1 tbsp oil
  14. salt to taste


  1. Soak the shallots in water for 10 mins and then peel off the skin with your fingers.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai.
  3. Add mustards seeds and cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  4. Add fenugreek seeds, dried red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  5. Now add slit green chillies and garlic cloves; sauté for a moment.
  6. Add the sambar onions, turmeric, red chilli powder and salt and sauté for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour in the tamarind extract, jaggery and 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer this for another 10 to 12 minutes until the rawness from tamarind is gone and the pulusu starts to slightly thicken.
  8. At this stage add the chopped coriander leaves, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish it with some more chopped coriander and serve piping hot with steamed rice, mudda pappu and vadiyalu.

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Regina Valiyaveettil
Regina Valiyaveettil   Aug-27-2016


Sheeba Bedi
Sheeba Bedi   Feb-11-2016

Sounds absolutely yummy and looks good too!

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