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.

Thiyya Pulusu


600g of mixed vegetables

1-2 green chillies, slit

30g tamarind soaked in warm water for 30 minutes

½ tsp turmeric powder

Sprig of curry leaves

30g jaggery or brown sugar

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BROCCOLI WITH SESAME SEED POWDER – Broccoli with Nuvvula podi

Sesame seed powder or nuvvula podi (in Telugu) is like dukkah for Andhras. We use it to sprinkle on hot rice or add it to vegetable dishes to give extra oomph – flavour as well as nutrients.

Broccoli with sesame seed powder

1 large head of broccoli cut into florets and the stem peeled and cut into 3-4 centimetre pieces

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

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