Recipe for Ash gourd pulissery – Onam Sadya recipe | Moru Curry | White pumpkin and yogurt curry
There is quite a bit of overlap between the vegetarian recipes from Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu along the border. In Tamil cuisine, there is Moar Kuzhambu, which is prepared using slightly soured yogurt or buttermilk, combined with a spice paste to thicken and flavour the curry. Vegetables like colocassia, okra, brinjal or pumpkin are used in this curry. Pulissery is Kerala’s answer to the Tamil mor kuzhambu – a similar stew made using yogurt and spice-coconut paste.
The Onam Sadya menu always features a Pulissery or a Moru Curry (Buttermilk curry) with either ash gourd or cucumber. It is also called Kachiya Moru, which means cooked or stewed buttermilk.
The heat from the green chillies is mellowed by the coconut and yogurt and cumin provides a distinct aroma to the dish.
The flavours of a Pulissery are best enjoyed with steamed rice and a spicy thoran on the side.