Ullipaya Pulusu ~ Tangy Shallot Stew



Little pearl onions aka shallots have an intense flavor and give curries an immense flavor, be it vegetarian or meat based. I use them a lot in my regular cooking and today’s vegan recipe has shallots as the star ingredient. You cannot make this recipe with the regular white or yellow onions.

The combination of tamarind, spices and jaggery meld with the shallots to yield an amalgam of flavors that are addictive making you want to eat more and more. Seriously. Eat it with rice, brown rice, roti or dosa, you will love it.

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Ullipaya Pulusu ~ Tangy Shallot Stew

Ullipaya Pulusu Recipe

Recipe source: Amma

Prep & Cooking: 35-40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

25-30 small sambar onions (or shallots)

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

pinch of turmeric

1 tsp red chili powder

3/4 tsp coriander powder

1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder

large pinch roasted methi powder

1 medium lemon sized tamarind (extract the juice in 1 cup water)

1/2 tbsp jaggery or sugar

salt to taste

1 heaped tsp besan/chickpea flour/senagapindi mixed in 2 tbsps water (for thickening the stew)

fresh coriander leaves for garnish

For tempering/poppu/tadka:

1 1/2 tbsps oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

pinch of fenugreek seeds/menthulu/methi

1 dry red chilli

10-12 fresh curry leaves

1 Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them jump around. Add the cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chili and fry for few secs till they turn brown. Don’t burn them. Lastly add curry leaves, followed by the shallots.
2 Saute the shallots for 5-6 mts. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for another 4-5 mts. Add red chili powder, coriander pwd, cumin pwd and roasted methi pwd. Mix.
3Add the tamarind extract along with 1 1/2 cups of water, salt and jaggery and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10-12 mts, till the rawness of the tamarind disappears.
4 Towards the end of the cooking process, add the besan water and mix. Cook for 2 mts and turn off heat.
5 Add half of the fresh coriander and keep covered for a few minutes before serving.
6 Remove onto a serving bowl. Garnish with the remaining fresh coriander and serve with hot steamed rice, vadiyaalu and appadam (papad).

Ullipaya Pulusu ~ Tangy Shallot Stew

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Main Ingredients:

  1. shallots
  2. tamarind

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Little pearl onions aka shallots have an intense flavor and give curries and intense flavor, be it vegetarian or meat based. I use them a lot in my regular cooking and today’s recipe has shallots as the star ingredient.

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  • Shri

    Like the South Kerala Theeyal..looks delicious!

  • Shri

    Like the South Kerala Theeyal..looks delicious!

  • Pr117

    sailugaru,
    Lovely recipe. you transported us to andhra for amma’s traditional cooking time.THXS

  • Pr117

    Sailugaru,
    one doubt. we are adding some methi seeds in tadka. Why are we adding pinch if methi powder also?

    • Anonymous

      You are adding 6-7 methi seeds which yields a very mild flavor and the roasted flavor of methi seeds powder alleviates the flavor profile of the pulusu.

  • Pr117

    Sailugaru,
    one doubt. we are adding some methi seeds in tadka. Why are we adding pinch if methi powder also?

  • Priya

    Highly inviting shallot stew, drooling here..

  • Dianalaw

    Hi, this looks delicious. I’m in the US and trying to follow the ingredients, what is jaggery?

    • Anonymous

      Jaggery is basically an unrefined sugar prepared with sugar cane juice and the molasses are not separated. Its rich in iron and is golden yellow to golden brown color. It goes by the name jaggery and gur (hindi). You will find it in Asian and Indian stores. If you cannot find jaggery, use brown or white sugar. Hope this helps.

  • http://thecuisine.blogspot.com Hari Chandana

    Such a delicious and authentic recipe.. looks absolutely inviting :)

  • poornima

    hi sailu,

    i’m very glad to tell you that i tried the recipe and it turned out very yummy.

    thanks ,
    poornima.

  • antara sawant

    This is Almost similar to Sindhi Kadhi with plus minus a few ingredients..

  • antara sawant

    This is Almost similar to Sindhi Kadhi with plus minus a few ingredients..

  • Zwischenspiel

    The recipe looks good. One small thing though. Pearl onions are not shallots. Pearl onions belong to the leek family.