Arachuvitta Pulingary

Puli means  tamarind in tamil and malayalam. Curry means  gravy.  Pulingary means gravy made with tamrind base. This is one of the traditional curries of Southern kerala. For this gravy we have to use more coconut. I learnt this recipe from my mother. My mother is  good in making all traditional dishes. She  used to make this gravy with Chembin thandu  or stem of arbi ( colocasia stem).This curry is very tasty with the stem of arbi . Arbi stem is not available here. So  I used ladies finger, drumstick and brinjal. We can use any vegetables  of our choice. Most common vegetables used for this curries are Arbi stem, Arbi ,, White pumpkin, Drumstick, Brinjal, Ladies finger, Potato, Raw banana ect.

We can have this gravy with plain white rice, Idly, Dosa, Aappam. Let us see how to make this gracy.

Preparation time approx 30 to 40 minutes.


  • 1 1/2 cup grated coconut.
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 3/4 tsp urad daal.
  • 2 pinches of methi seeds.
  • 9 Red chillies. ( Adjust according to your taste.)
  • Few curry leaves.
  • 2 tbsp oil ( I used coconut oil)
  • Lemon size tamairnd.
  • salt to taste.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  • 5 Ladies finger
  • 2 Brinjal
  • 1 drumstick.


  • For seasoning
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • curry leaves.
  • 1 red chilly.


Heat a non stick pan add 1 tbsp oil. When it is hot add urad daal fry till it turns brown. Take it out.

Now add the  coriander seeds and fry .

Add methi seeds fry for few seconds till it turns brown.

At the end add curry leaves and fry for few more seconds and take out.

In the same pan fry red chillies without changing color. Take out and keep aside.

Add 1 tbsp oil and fry the coconut till turns brown in color.


Grind all the fried ingredients in to fine paste adding little water and keep aside.

Cut the brinjal’s, drumstick in to little bigger pieces. Wash and cut ladies finger.

In the same pan fry the ladies finger for few seconds and add other  vegetables.

Soak tamarind in water and take out juice of it.

Add this tamarind juice to vegetables.Add salt and turmeric powder and cook the vegetables.

When the vegetables are cooked add the ground masala to the gravy. Add water to adjust the consistaency of the gravy. Boil this. When it is boiled switch off the stove.

Heat 1 tsp oil. When it is hot add mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Now add curry leaves and  red chilly. saute it.

switch off the stove. Pour the seasonings to curry.

Serve hot.




9 Comments Add yours

  1. Megala says:

    Mouth-watering pulingary, love to have them with hot rice !


  2. mistimaan says:

    Nice and tasty recipe 🙂


  3. Great recipe Chitra! This is new to me. Thanks for sharing.


  4. skd says:

    looks so yummy and I like ‘puli’ 🙂


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