Pulissery: A subtly spiced coconut-yoghurt curry.

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pulissery: A subtly spiced coconut-yoghurt curry.


  • Cuisine: kerala
  • Course: side dish
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


1 cup Ash gourd   thinly sliced –  
3/4 cup Coconut –
1 – 2 Green chillies –
1/4 tsp Red chilli powder –
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder –
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds –
4 – 5 Fenugreek seeds –
2 Shallots –
1/4 tsp Ginger finely chopped –
cloves – 2 Garlic big
250 ml Slightly sour yoghurt –
1 Curryleaves – stalk
1 tbsp Coconut oil –
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds –
pinch Fenugreek seeds -a
pinch Cumin seeds -a
2 Dry red chilli –


  1. Add the sliced ash gourd/wintermelon to a claypot. Add about a cup of water and some salt and cook covered until 3/4th done.
  2. In the meantime, grind grated coconut, green chillies(add or reduce), red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garlic, ginger, shallots, cumin seeds, 4-5 fenugreek seeds with some water to a smooth paste.
  3. Beat the curd to smooth. set aside.
  4. Once the ashgourd is 3/4th done, add the ground mixture, some water and salt(check and then add again) to the claypot and simmer for about 4-6minutes until the gourd is cooked through, taking care to stir occasionally. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the beaten yoghurt while stirring constantly and keep stirring for about a minute gently until the gravy is smooth and creamy. This step is important otherwise the yoghurt could split when adding to the hot curry.
  6. Heat coconut oil in a pan and crackle mustard seeds, add the fenugreek and cumin(both optional), dry red chilli, curry leaves and give them all a good stir and pour over the pulissery. Close with lid.
  7. Serve with rice, vegetable thoran or beef fry, poppadum and pickle. Yum yum.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Sujitha Nair says:

    Wow beatiful.Happy Onam Priya


  2. Priya s Mathew says:

    Thank you so much. Happy Onam to you and your family.


  3. Mariama RAja Muniyandi says:

    Lovely recipe


  4. Priya s Mathew says:

    Thank you Mariama.


  5. arafiyah says:

    Hmmm nice curry…goes well with rice


  6. Priya s Mathew says:

    thank you arafiyah.


  7. sijusudhakaran says:

    looking nice ,waiting for the other nice recipes


  8. Priya s Mathew says:

    Thank you so much sijusudhakaran.


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