I reckon every household in Andhra makes a variation of this dish. The word “Pulusu” denotes a sauce made with tamarind. Thiyya pulusu is mixed vegetables in a sweet and sour sauce. In Andhra Pradesh, it is served alongside plain dhal and rice. You can use any seasonal vegetables of your choice but the classic combination always includes pumpkin, kumara (sweet potato) and drumstick. You can use choko, eggplant, okra, beans, cooking melon, etc.
This is a simple potato salad that really packs a punch with strong mustard flavour. My sister in law Sandhya prepared this when I visited them. It is a lovely side dish and we particularly like it with cured salmon.
Hyderabad is an epitome of India’s unity in diversity culture. Very few cities in India have the privilege of having a distinctive cuisine. The Nizams governed this city for over two hundred years until 1948 and one of their princely legacies was establishing a Hyderabadi cuisine. This is a famous Hyderabadi vegetarian dish, the combination of spices representative of both Northern and Southern regions of India.
I know that round here we refer to butternut as butternut pumpkin but in other parts it is called butternut squash. Squash or pumpkin it is really yummy roasted and makes a strong case for a salad being a meal.
1 kilogram butternut pumpkin, seeds removed, cut into wedges
Barbecues and salads go hand in hand. Being a vegetarian, I am always experimenting with flavour combinations for protein packed salads that are a bit more than tossing leaves from a bag. This is an interesting and easy salad which works well for school /work lunches.
2 x 400g tins butter beans, drained and rinsed well
2-3 large sticks celery, peeled and sliced at an angle