Curry is the most important dish prepared for lunch and dinner. Curry is made using varieties of spices, seeds, and vegetables. We can have curry either with chapatti, or with rice. Different regions of India have various styles of curries prepared. One such dish from the south is ‘Pulusu.’ ‘Pulusu’ is a Telugu word. It is the curry made mostly in the regions of Telangana and Andhra. There are various kinds of ‘Pulusu’ made. Each dish has its taste and unique style of cooking. The main ingredient of this dish is tamarind. Tamarind adds a sour flavor to Pulusu. Tamarind has medicinal values. Below are the top 20 Pulusu dishes of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana:
1 Egg Pulusu
Egg pulusu is called as ‘Kodi Guddu Pulusu’ in Telugu. The main item of this dish is boiled egg. There are many varieties that can be made with eggs like egg curry, egg bhurji and much more. But this egg pulusu is a unique one. The boiled eggs are soaked in tamarind gravy. This dish is served hot with steamed rice.
2. Lady Finger Pulusu
Lady Finger Pulusu is also called as ‘Benda kaya Pulusu’ in Telugu. This dish includes okra or lady finger, tamarind juice, cumin powder, jaggery and other spices. You can have this pulusu with steamed rice. Okra provides a lot of nutrients to the body.
3. Onion Pulusu
‘Pachi Pulusu’ also called as Onion Pulusu. This dish is common during the summers. People from Andhra and Telangana enjoy this pulusu to beat the heat. This pulusu contains the flavors of onion and tamarind.
4. Fish Pulusu
Fish Pulusu is a non-vegetarian curry that is famous in Andhra Pradesh. Having fish with tamarind gravy gives a special taste to the tongue. There are different recipes for Fish Pulusu but the famous one is ‘Nellore Fish Pulusu’ or ‘Nellore Chapala Pulusu.’
5. Bitter Guard Pulusu
Bitter guard is a healthy food for patients with diabetes. The bitter taste of this vegetable goes well with the sour taste of the tamarind gravy. You can have this dish with rice and roti. This dish is called as ‘Kakarkaya Pulusu’ in Telugu
6. Taro Root Pulusu
Taro root is also called as Caucasia/Arbi. It has high fiber and vitamin content. It also contains iron, zinc, and magnesium. This vegetable is rarely prepared. But the taro root pulusu is the famous one. The taro root pulusu, prepared with tangy gravy tastes good with rice and chapatti.
7 Brinjal Pulusu
Brinjal Pulusu or ‘Van Kaya Pulusu’ is the dish consisting of brinjal and tamarind. This dish is paired with rice and chapatti. Sometimes, jaggery is also added to this pulusu. Brinjal keeps your heart healthy.
8. Vegetable Pulusu
Vegetable Pulusu is known as Mukkala Pulusu. The main ingredients included are drumsticks and sweet potato. This Pulusu is mouthwatering and goes well with rice. This pulusu almost looks like Sambhar.
9. Bottle Guard Pulusu
Bottle guard is also called as sora kaya or anapa kaya in Telugu regions. This vegetable reduces heat content in the body. This vegetable is soaked with tamarind gravy. This pulusu can be served with rice as well as roti/chapatti. This dish is usually prepared during sunny days.
10. Majjiga Pulusu
Majjiga Pulusu is known as Buttermilk Pulusu. This dish is yellow colored consisting of buttermilk, drumsticks and turmeric powder. For seasoning, mustard seeds and curry leaves are added. A plate full of rice with majjiga charu is mouthwatering.
11. Senagalu Pulusu
In Telugu, Chick peas are called as Senagalu. We have to soak this Senagalu in water and keep it aside. Then this Senagalu Pulusu is cooked with tamarind, onion, and other spices. This dish goes well with roti. Senagalu Pulusu is also called as ‘Chana Pulusu.’ There are many dishes that can be made with chana. But this Pulusu is a unique dish.
12. Tomato Pulusu
Tomato Pulusu is Andhra styleTomato soup. This dish is the simplest and easiest dish among all other pulusu. The combination of tomato and tamarind makes this pulusu an exciting one to taste.
13. Chicken Pulusu
Pulusu is usually not thick. All other chicken curries in India usually have thick gravy. But this Chicken Pulusu or Kodi Pulusu with tamarind flavor makes it a unique dish. Garam Masala is added to make this pulusu spicy.
14. Mutton Pulusu
Mutton Pulusu is the famous Andhra Cuisine. This traditional meat curry contains tamarind and other spices. This non-vegetarian dish can be eaten with rice and chapatti.
15. Royyala Pulusu
Royyala Pulusu is a curry made with Prawns. This famous dish of Andhra contains the tangy flavor of tamarind. This tasty food goes well with the rice.
16. Besan Billala Pulusu
This Pulusu is made with Besan. This dish is prepared by making besan in the form of cubes and putting them into the tamarind gravy. We can make it spicy by adding extra stuff like spices and much more.
17. Green Leafy Vegetable Pulusu
Green Leafy Vegetables are good for health. They contain calcium and iron content. The tamarind juice with green leaves produce a special dish of Pulusu. The various kinds of green leafy vegetable Pulusu are ‘Pala Kura Pulusu’ or ‘Spinach Pulusu’ and ‘Thotakura Pulusu’.
18. Potato Pulusu
Potato is the most liked vegetable. When potato is added to the sweet and sour flavor of tamarind, we get a special dish called as ‘Potato Pulusu’. You can have this curry with either rice or roti. This dish is also called as ‘Aalugadda Pulusu’ or ‘Bangaladumpa Pulusu’.
19. Raw Banana Pulusu
Raw Banana contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Chopped raw banana and tamarind together make the best Pulusu. We can add spices to these raw banana pieces, to make Masala Pulusu. This dish is best served with rice. This dish is called as ‘Aratikaya Pulusu’ by Telugu people.
20. Drumstick Pulusu
Drumstick has anti-bacterial qualities and is excellent for health. This special curry contains chopped drumsticks soaked in tamarind juice. This dish is yummy when used with rice. In Telugu, this dish is called as ‘Mullakaya Pulusu.’