Puli/Pooli Curry/Mixed Vegetable Curry
In Tamil, Puli/Pooli means, sour taste. The pulp of tamarind is often added to create sourness in many foods including Puli/Pooli curry, a mixed vegetable curry. I find that if you use extra tomatoes, that does add a bit of sourness and it is not necessay to use tamarind. If you prefer to use tamarind pulp just a ¼ teaspoon should provide a hint of sourness.
The sour taste should not be overpowering. Puli curry was often made by my mother in law, Parasathee Pather. It was always delicious. Puli curry served with rice and Raita makes a delicious meal. You may choose any variety of vegetables. The most common are potatoes, green beans, squash, green banana, broad beans or Lima beans. If Drum sticks are available, use that as well. Drum sticks may be fresh of frozen.
I have attempted to make my Puli/Pooli curry as much like my mother in law's as possible. The recipe follows.
This Puli Curry was made by my cousin, an excellent cook
Thes fresh drumsticks should be rinsed, scraped, then cut into small pieces. Frozen drumsticks may be used instead
Eggplants like these can be used in the recipe
Just ½ of a pepper is used in this recipe
Regarding *green banana, if you do not get fresh green bananas where you live, you my use a handful savory green banana chips. But to do this towards the later stages of cooking as it will be melted in if it is added too early.
There are many versions of Puli/Pooli curry as there are cooks who make this dish. I have included an image of Puli/Pooli Curry cooked by a cousin. This was made especially for us when we visited. It was beautiful to look at as well as so very tasty. If you use boiled broad/Lima beans, this can be done ahead of time. Boil the beans either using a pressure cooker or a regular method to boil beans.
Yams are also often used in this curry. Because there are so many vegetables used, one has to consider the cooking time of the various vegetables. It is best to start cooking with vegetables that take the longest time to cook. That way the quick cooking ingredients like zucchini do not get soft and limp or mashed. Frozen drumsticks may be found at local Indian grocers.
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