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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.

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.

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Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu Yum
Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu
Course side dish
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Erra Gummadikaya (Pumpkin) - chopped into large chunks
  • 4 eggplants Baby - chopped into chunks
  • 1 Potato - medium, chopped into chunks
  • 2 tbsp Sambar podi
  • 3 tbsp Tamarind pulp
  • tbsps Jaggery
  • 2 - 3 chilies Green - slit
  • 8 - 10 Curry leaves
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro leaves - chopped for garnish
  • to taste Salt
For the Powder:
  • 1 tbsp Urad dal (minapappu)
  • 1 tbsp Senagapappu (Chana dal)
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds
For Tempering:
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds (aavalu)
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (menthulu)
  • ½ tsp Asafoetida
Course side dish
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Erra Gummadikaya (Pumpkin) - chopped into large chunks
  • 4 eggplants Baby - chopped into chunks
  • 1 Potato - medium, chopped into chunks
  • 2 tbsp Sambar podi
  • 3 tbsp Tamarind pulp
  • tbsps Jaggery
  • 2 - 3 chilies Green - slit
  • 8 - 10 Curry leaves
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro leaves - chopped for garnish
  • to taste Salt
For the Powder:
  • 1 tbsp Urad dal (minapappu)
  • 1 tbsp Senagapappu (Chana dal)
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds
For Tempering:
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds (aavalu)
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (menthulu)
  • ½ tsp Asafoetida
Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu
Instructions
  1. Make the Powder: Dry roast dals and sesame seeds until lightly brown and fragrant. Let cool for sometime before grinding into a fine powder.
  2. Mix the powder with tamarind pulp, sambar powder, jaggery and 1-1½cups of water to form a thin, smooth gravy.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Once the veggies are cooked through and tender, add the prepared gravy, green chilies and salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Garnish with curry leaves and cilantro leaves just before turning off the heat.
  7. Serve hot with steamed rice and dal.
Recipe Notes

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

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25 thoughts on “Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu (Andhra style Pumpkin Stew)”

  1. wow thats and super yummy stew and lovely combo of pumkin and eggplant dear 🙂 superb captures and lovely presentation !!

  2. 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

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