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Pulienji Onam Sadhya Recipes
Written by Usha S Kutty

Pulienji is a tasty and delicious gravy used as a side dish during South Indian festivals such as Onam, Vishu, Birthdays and sadhyas or any family occasion. Pulienji is a recipe which is made out of Tamarind pulp with a combination of jaggery. Normally this dish can be prepared and stored in airtight container for 6 to 7 months. This gravy is a traditional recipe of Keralites and always available in most of the Malayali houses. Hot Rice with little ghee and pulienji will make our lunch or dinner yummy and superb.


  • Tamarind/ Puli/ Emly – 250gms
  • Jaggery/ Gud – 250gms
  • Ginger – 100gms (finely chopped)
  • Green Chilies – 50gms (finely chopped)
  • Chili Powder – 2tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1tsp
  • Coconut Oil – 2tbsp
  • Salt as per taste.


  • Soak Tamarind in water for half an hour.Then ooze out the tamarind pulp into a deep bottom vessel(i prefer kalchatti(vessel made out of stone)
  • Then add chili powder, turmeric powder and adequate salt.
  • Heat the tamarind pulp, when tamarind pulp starts to boil, low flame and allow it to cook nicely.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and urad dal. when it splutters, add the chopped green chilies, ginger and curry leaves. saute for 2mins.
  • Add it to the boiling tamarind pulp. Nicely mix all the items very well.
  • Then add jaggery into the tumarind pulp and allow it to cook nicely. when the jaggery is completely dissolved, cook the gravy till the raw smell of tamarind pulp goes.
  • When the tamarind pulp gets thicken, switch off the flame.
  • Tasty and delicious Puliinji is ready to serve with hot rice.

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Usha S Kutty

Hello Friends, Myself Smt. Usha S Kutty welcomes you all to my cooking world. My recipes consists typically traditional South Indian mainly Kerala foods. Some homely tricks and tips for our daily cooking life and some kitchen tips.  My blog will surely help you all to know Kerala tradition.Hope you all will enjoy my recipes and post your valuable comments and suggestions.

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