Reshma Govind
After an unexpected start in blogging, I got so engrossed with its look, feel and the comments from people reading it, that I forgot about cooking dinner. As I said before it’s quite intoxicating! My husband who had been very encouraging and happy with the thought of me blogging, didn’t seem to be that ‘enthu’ after my first blogging show. To be exact his expression made it clear the meaning of the Malayalam proverb –“vadi koduthu adi vangi" (Somebody plz help me here with the proper proverb for this situation in English!!). I know I can’t blame him as the reason behind this dullness is the thought whether he will be deprived of home cooked food for the coming days because of his wife’s new found interest. Although he gave me looks and actions to let me know that, he is very hungry, I didn’t seem to notice. I also seem to ignore the sounds from my stomach who was trying in its own way to make me aware of dinner time. Finally I came to my senses when my poor hubby gave up his attempts and started heating the Pulissery (whatever was left over in fridge!!) and Bread. Yes…..the side effects of blogging. Finally we ended up having Bread and Pulissery. Now I can hear all the “what’s!” and exclamations from every one reading this. But let me tell you Bread and Pulissery is a great combo, especially when you are very hungry;D. I know it sounds weird, but try it out once and let me know!

Having said about the side effects of blogging, my husband after realizing his mistake has established a golden rule between us for a good healthy, happy family life - Cooking comes first and blogging only after that!!! To justify this, i thought of posting this Mambazha Pulissery recipe. I don’t offer anything new or secret in this recipe (except my love of course:)).For those who are not from Kerala, it is a curry made with ripe mango, coconut and yogurt . It’s an all time favorite of Malayalees with a unique combination of sweet and sour taste.

Ripe Mango – 1 (I used a big one.)

Green chilly – 1 or 2 (slit into four halves. Use according to your spice level).

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Salt to taste


Curry leaves


Coconut - 1/2 cup


Green Chilly -1

Yogurt/Curd - 1/2 cup


Mustard seeds

Fenugreek seeds (Uluva)

Curry leaves

Dry Red Chilly

  • Remove the skin and cut the ripe mango into big pieces. I didn’t have the option to put a whole mango in the curry as it was too big and the only one available in Indian store! If you are using ‘naadan’ mango (small one), remove the skin and use as it is.
  • Cook mango pieces with salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, few curry leaves, green chilly and water till its soft and done. You can adjust the amount of water depending on how thick you want it. Mine was a bit thick as I didn’t want it to be runny for Onam sadya which already had Sambar, Rasam and Parippu (Daal). So choice is yours, adjust according to your taste.
  • Grind the ingredients mentioned under To Grind section with little water to a smooth paste.
  • Add the ground mixture to the cooked mango and stir well. Cook this on low flame till one boil. Stir constantly to avoid curdling of the yogurt. Do a taste test here and adjust the sweet and sour balance by adding a little sugar if needed.
  • Finally season with the ingredients mentioned under the seasoning section. Be careful not to use a lot of fenugreek seeds as it will make the Pulissery bitter.
Note: This tastes better the next day. There are different variations to this. Some people add shallots (kunjulli) and garlic to grind along with coconut. Some add turmeric and dry red chilly also. Another change is to add ginger along with mango while cooking. I haven’t tried any of these variations but there is no hard and fast rule. So be brave and try different variations, after all who wants to have the same recipe each and every time!


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10 Responses
  1. Vivek Menon Says:

    Nicee one resh...Not fiar though, ur making this poor bachelor boy's mouth water with mambazha puliserrys...Blogging comes first gal..Hubby will start to cook more also then..;)

  2. crazyClickz Says:

    ~Looks yummy. Something to try!! Thank you!~

  3. Very niceI miss manga,extremely expensive here :-(
    Last week I bought one and prepared Meenum manga(The one my Amma cooks with fish,raw mango,coconut milk)
    Keep on cooking nice dishes

  4. Jitha Says:

    Very true...

  5. Rajitha Says:

    resh!!! what a blog ya...u really are creative.. you have inspired me to begin blogging!!

  6. Ninku Says:

    Below part can be done in pressure cooker if you have one there."Cook mango pieces with salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, few curry leaves, green chilly and water till its soft and done"

  7. Joise Says:

    kolllam, kolllam.... Now i know what not tell if ever Judy asks me about blog writing.

  8. Danz!! Says:

    Kollaaam.. Ee oru head-start verum oru dead-end aakkathe, nalla reethiyil thudangiya suhruthee.. ninekkente abhinandanangal!! :)

  9. Resh Says:

    hey vicky...hope you say the same to your gal once you get married;D..blogging first and cooking next!!

    thnks a lot feby

    I have never tried meenum manga..will try it once ..thnku child at the sea shore;) time let me know your name:)

    jitha thnku di

    raji...thts sooo sweet of you honeyyyy :D

    nithya...thnks da for sharing that:)

    joise i am very happy that u learned that lesson from this post:D..but do let her blog if she is planning to post some recipes:D

    daniiii.....nandi namovakam :)