Thursday, 10 March 2016

Mambazha Pulissery

Am back with the Blogging Marathon!!! For this week I have chosen "no tomato gravies". Well when I selected this category I thought this should be fairly simple, we do make gravies every day for rice and rotis and I Should be able to pick up easily 3 among them. But when I sat down to select recipes I was in for a surprise - almost all the recipes used tomatoes. And then when I finally made a list of recipes I realized I have posted most of them.

It took me almost 3 days to finalize the 3rd recipe!!! Phew!!! I used to think I cannot live without onions but seems like I also cannot live without tomatoes!!

Mambazha Pulissery is a very famous summer gravy recipe all over kerala. Mangoes are cooked in thick coconut  + yogurt gravy and it tastes heavenly with rice and a slightly spicy thoran. The world famous combination (or kerala famous combination) for this curry is idi-chakka thoran. Most of the keralites would prepare this combination atleast once during the summer.

Check out good side-dish accompaniments
Idi chakka thoran
Chakka kuru upperi
Papaya thoran
Cabbage carrot thoran
Beetroot poriyal


Ripe Mangoes - 3 nos (small)
Coconut (grated) - 100 grams
Yogurt (curd) - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 2 nos
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste


  • Cut the mango into pieces and boil in water along with turmeric, chilly powder and salt. Let the mangoes cook until soft. The seed of the mango is also usually added to this.
  • Grind the coconut with the cumin seeds and green chillies to a fine paste and add this to the boiling mango.
  • Bring this to a boil.Blend the yogurt to make it smooth and add this to the mixture and immediately switch off flame. See to it that the yogurt does not split.
  • Heat oil in a pan.  Add mustard seeds and when they crackle, add red chillies and curry leaves and at the end add fenugreek seeds and switch off flame.
  • Add the above seasoning to the mango curry and mix well.
  • Serve hot with rice and a side dish of your choice.


  • You can use any mango type for making this curry. We usually make it with nadan mangoes or country mangoes which normally grown in every household in Kerala.
  • I didn't add red chilly in the tadka since when I tasted the curry I felt it already spicy.
  • This curry is a good combination for dosas too.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#62


  1. Such a delicious gravy, love the recipe. You got me thinking about no tomato gravy recipes and it is a challenge for sure. Great job:)

  2. Avoiding tomatoes aren't as easy as we think it is! Pulissery looks absolutely fabulous! Got me all drooling actually :D

  3. First the name of recipe and then the main ingredient attracted all my attention. Wanna try this. But one question.. You asked for ripe mango and then cooking it till soft. Will it be on sweeter side??

    1. yes - this will have a sweet + sour taste. You should use highly sour curd for best results.

  4. Wow very interesting curry.Looks tempting.

  5. I am yet to try this one in my kitchen. Bookmarking.

  6. This has been in my to do list since long,your post reminded me to try.Such a delicious and flavorful dish.

  7. A very interesting gravy. Never tasted this before. Bookmarked.

  8. Pulissery looks delicious.

  9. Just love this pulissery, my mouth is just watering here.

  10. absolutely love the color of your pulissery. I am looking forward to making some soon. No tomato theme was a hard one.

  11. That is one delicious looking pulissery. Never tried cooking with ripe mango, but you are tempting me to try.

  12. Mouth watering pulissery. Looking forward to the mango season.

  13. Love mangoes in any form and in any recipe....I need to give this recipe a try for sure.

  14. looks so rich and creamy - would love to try it

  15. This is one of my favorite kerala dish..fantastic yaar!

  16. really wonderful recipe. Keep it up.
    mambazha pulissery is one of the true traditional kerala recipe.
    Keep it up