Cook's Hideout: Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu (Andhra style Pumpkin Stew)

September 06, 2013

Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu (Andhra style Pumpkin Stew)

Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter E
Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes from Andhra Pradesh
Dish: E for Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu (Andhra Style Pumpkin Stew)
I thought E to be one of the hardest letters to find dishes for. I found the recipe with Erra Gummadikaya aka pumpkin aka thiyya gummadikaya in 'Cooking with Pedatha' cookbook. This is a very hearty stew with a variety of veggies and can easily feed a crowd.
Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu (Andhra style Pumpkin Stew)
I used pumpkin (erra gumamdikaya), eggplant (vankaya) and potato, but other veggies like bottle goud, drumsticks, sweet potato are also typically used in this preparation.

Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu (Andhra style Pumpkin Stew)
Erra Gummadikaya (Pumpkin) - ½cup, chopped into large chunks
Baby eggplants - 4, chopped into chunks
Potato - 1 medium, chopped into chunks
Sambar podi - 2tbsp
Tamarind pulp - 3tbsp
Jaggery - 1½tbsp
Green chilies - 2-3, slit
Curry leaves - 8-10
Cilantro leaves - 3tbsp, chopped for garnish
Salt - to taste

For the Powder:
Urad dal (minapappu) - 1tbsp
Senagapappu (Chana dal) - 1tbsp
Sesame seeds - 1tsp

For Tempering:
Mustard seeds (aavalu) - 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds (menthulu) - 1tsp
Asafoetida - ½tsp

  • Make the Powder: Dry roast dals and sesame seeds until lightly brown and fragrant. Let cool for sometime before grinding into a fine powder.
  • Mix the powder with tamarind pulp, sambar powder, jaggery and 1-1½cups of water to form a thin, smooth gravy.
  • For the Pulusu: Heat 2tbsp oil in a sauce pan; add mustard seeds and when the seeds start to splutter, add fenugreek seeds. Once they start to change color add asafoetida.
  • Next add the chopped veggies and enough water to cover them. Cover and cook until the veggies are tender. Alternately cooking of the veggies can be done in the microwave -- this will speed up the process too.
  • Once the veggies are cooked through and tender, add the prepared gravy, green chilies and salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Garnish with curry leaves and cilantro leaves just before turning off the heat.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and dal.
Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu (Andhra style Pumpkin Stew)

Logo courtesy : Preeti
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32.
Previously on A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh:
A for Aava Pettina Aratikaya Kura
B for Bagara Baingan
C for Chimmiri
D for Dosakaya Pachadi


  1. feeling hungry just looking at the stew... Todays post :

  2. wow thats and super yummy stew and lovely combo of pumkin and eggplant dear :) superb captures and lovely presentation !!

  3. I am loving this series as are learning so many new regional dishes. Keep going ....kudos for the efforts.

  4. Pulusu looks fingerlicking..I dont hesitate a second to finish that bowl with some rice.

  5. The composition has turned out so well pavani..very traditional looking dish..good one..

  6. Very tempting recipe and very very different from the way we cook pumpkin.

  7. this looks like a nice option for the regular sambhar recipe

  8. I cooked kerala style today. This looks awesome..lovely pic as usual

  9. Never made pulusi with pumpkin so good it looks. I am so becoming ur fan ur teaching me lots of andhra food hurray.

  10. Nothing can beat pulusu if you ask me. :) I think this would be a dappalam as well by adding some more veggies.

  11. That dish looks so beautiful and comfort food with rice..

  12. Love the pulusu (barring the eggplant).

  13. pumpkin is one of my fave veggies I would definitely make this but without the eggplant:)

  14. This is one my favorite pulusu.. Amma also makes it the same way..

  15. Looks very delicious. Perfect with a bowl of rice...

  16. Very good side dish for steamed rice and love your curry in the background :)

  17. I just bought this book - cooking with Pedatha - what a treasure trove of dishes ! the curry looks awesome !

  18. Lovely pulusu recipe and love all the veggies that go into it :)

  19. This seems quite good Pavani. I met Jigyasa Giri (author of Pedatha) when i was working on publishing our book couple of years ago. It is a wonderful book, isn't it? Lovely adaptation of this recipe

  20. Never tried pulusu. Looks yum way to clear the fridge, :D

  21. I guess its a kind of Kuzhambu. Good way to use up a lot of vegetables :-)..

  22. Nice variation to our sambhar. Best way to have veggies and a perfect pair for the rice.

  23. Look so inviting and flavorful with veggies.


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