When you get bored with same old sambar, rasam and kadi, Dappalam or Mukkala pulusu can be a good one for a change. This dish is simple and easy to make. Filled with nutritive vegetables, this can me made in less than 20 mins.
Andhra Pradesh is famous for stews and dappalam is one the famous dishes from Andhra Pradesh. Pulusu is a general word used for any kind of stew. Main ingredients in a stew are variety of vegetables, tamarind pulp, jaggery and besan. Stews are also made with leafy vegetables like thotakura (amaranth leaves) and Spinach. Bhendi, Snakegourd and Bitter gourd are aslo used in stews. It is made with vegetables (Bottle gourd, pumpkin, drumsticks and other seasonal vegetables) tamarind pulp, jaggery and beasan .This is sweet and spicy dish which is served with rice, mudda pappu (daal), ghee and vadiyalu.
Stews are also made out of lentils ( Dal or Pappu) Toovar dal and Moong dal are commonly used to make pulusu.
1 cup Bottle gourd
8-10 Bhendi ( cut into 2 pieces)
1 sweet potato
1 cup pumpkin/butternut squash
1 medium tamoto
6-8 Drumsticks ( frozen) 1 or 2 fresh sticks will be good enough.
2-3 Green chillies
Tamarind pulp ( lemon size)
2-3 Tbsp Besan
Jaggery to taste
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric
1 Tbsp veg oil
4-5 Whole red chillies
1 Tsp mustard seeds
1/4th Tsp Methi seeds
pinch of Hing
2 Tbsp chopped coriander leaves to granish.
Clean and chop all the vegetables into big chunks, slit green chilles. In a small kadai heat oil and fry the seasoning and keep aside. Now in another deep pot add all the vegetables except tamotoes, add water salt and turmeric, tamarind pulp, jaggery and cook them on medium heat. After 10 mins add the tamtoes and adjust the seasoning. Cook till the vegetables are cooked. Mix besan in some cold water. Slowly stir in the besan mixture into the pot. Cook for 5-8 mins, cursh the seasoning and add to the pot. Simmer for couple of mins, granish with coriander leaves and remove from heat.
Serve with hot rice. This is usually eaten with mudda pappu and vadiyalu
Notes & tips
If you are allergic to besan you can avoid it. Instead cook the vegetables till it gets a thick constistency. This is a no onion and no garlic dish.