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Okra- Lady’s Finger Pulissery – Cooked In Yogurt | South Indian Vegetarian Recipe

Okra or lady’s finger in yogurt, a South Indian vegetarian delicacy…

Pulissery is a popular South Indian vegetarian dish that can be made with different kinds of veggies. The veggies are cooked in ground coconut & yogurt. Pulissery along with rice tastes delish & is a comfort food.

Over the years, I’ve made pulissery with beetroot, pineapple, cucumber, mango, plantain, pumpkin, and green apples.

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This time I made pulissery with okra or lady’s finger.  Turned out good & I enjoyed it with rice.

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Okra- Lady's Finger Pulissery - Cooked In Yogurt | South Indian Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
  • Coconut oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies, halved- 3
  • Curry leaves- 10 leaves
  • Shallots, sliced- 3 large shallots or 6 small onions
  • Okra or lady's finger, cut into rounds- 2 cups
  • Salt- 1 tsp
For grinding
  • Coconut grated- 1 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds- ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Green chilies, halved- 2
  • Ginger- 1-inch slice
  • Water- ¼ cup
Other ingredients
  • Yogurt- 1 cup
  1. Place a claypan or saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add oil, let turn hot.
  3. Add mustard seeds, let them splutter.
  4. Add dried red chilies & curry leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  5. Add sliced shallots or small onions, season with ½ tsp salt & saute till golden in color.
  6. Add okra or lady's finger, combine well & cook covered till okra turns soft.
  7. If getting dry, add 2 tbsp water & cook.
  8. In the meantime, to a blender jar add all the ingredients mentioned 'for grinding' & grind to a smooth paste.
  9. Once okra turns soft, open the lid.
  10. Add ½ tsp more salt, combine well.
  11. Add the ground coconut, combine well & cook for 4 minutes.
  12. In a bowl, beat the yogurt well using a whisk or fork.
  13. Take the claypot off the heat.
  14. Add the yogurt & combine well.
  15. Don't have to place the clay pot over the heat. Yogurt will curdle when heated.
  16. The pot is still hot so the yogurt will cook in that heat.
  17. Keep it covered for some time.
  18. Serve with rice or chapati & enjoy.





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