Pulinkari – Spicy Tamarind Sauce with Veggies

Pulinkari – Spicy Tamarind Sauce with Veggies

Pulinkari is a traditional dish from Kerala, South India. It is made of tamarind sauce with ground coconut and spices. It is very simple to prepare and a tasty dish. I learnt it from my mother in law who cooks very good, authentic Kerala dishes. You can prepare this dish on a busy day cause it wont take much of your time and serve it along with white rice, any vegetable stir fry and papad. Here you go…

Preparation time: 20 minutes

No. of servings: 4 to 5

Spice level: 3.5 out of 5


  • Seedless whole tamarind – 1 tbsp
  • Okra or Pumpkin or colocasia or ash gourd – 1 cup
  • Shredded coconut – 1/3 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp
  • Dried chillies – 3
  • Raw rice – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp


  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal or split white lentils – 1 tsp
  • Dry chili – 1

Method of Preparation:

  1. Cut vegetables to small pieces. I used okra and had cut it into 3/4 inch pieces.
  2. Add tamarind to a cup of hot water and let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and add fenugreek seeds and dried chilies. Fry till the color changes.
  4. Now add rice and shredded coconut and fry it for a minute.
  5. Turn off the stove and let it cool.
  6. Now heat the tamarind extract along with 2 more cups of water and add the cut veggies and turmeric powder.
  7. Let it boil and veggies get cooked. If there is less water after the veggies are cooked, add one more cup.
  8. Now grind the coconut mixture to a loose paste by adding a little water.
  9. Once the veggies are completely cooked add the ground paste and mix well.
  10. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and then transfer it to the serving bowl.
  11. Now heat oil in a seasoning pan and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add urad dal and broken dried chili and fry till urad dal becomes golden brown.
  12. Add the seasoning to the prepared sauce.

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14 Responses to Pulinkari – Spicy Tamarind Sauce with Veggies

  1. Swathi April 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Pulinkari looks awesome dleicious. I love with amaranth leaves stem.

  2. Nandini April 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    What a hot dish! Love to have with rice and potato fry:)

  3. Hari Chandana April 9, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Nice recipe.. lovely shot !!
    Indian Cuisine

  4. Priya April 9, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Slurp, pulinkari looks super delicious..

  5. nisha April 9, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    that would be great with a bowl of rice im sure

  6. Priya Sreeram April 9, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    yum! with steaming hot rice it would be just slurpppp!

  7. Shobha April 9, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    The curry looks so yummy…would taste gr8 with dosas or plain rice.

  8. Malar Gandhi April 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Beautiful display, makes one very hungry

  9. Angie's Recipes April 10, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    I am not very familiar with cooking tamarind. That’s a mouthwatering sauce!

  10. jeyashrisuresh April 10, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    this sounds very simple and a light meal too. healthy dish

  11. Reeni April 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    What a delicious tamarind sauce – would love it with pumpkin! I can’t resist the tamarind!

  12. Gita Jaishankar April 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi dear, How are you? Thank you very much for the warm wishes. Take care :)

  13. love2cook April 12, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    Slurrrppp…drooling here as usual! Puli kari makes me so hungry right now. Droolworthy shots ;)

  14. Sarah April 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    wow!!! i love all pulikaris..this looks so yummy!!

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