Meme and Theeyati Pulusu

Sweet Madhuram of eggless cooking has tagged me for a meme for 10 things I hate , I have a few Pet peeves/ things that Id rather not do that I’d like to share …

1. I am organized to the T when it comes to my surroundings , because there is so much clutter in my head ( I meant loads of information being processed by the brain) , I get nightmares if my kitchen is not clean or there is some unfinished work , If thats a disorder , then I suffer from it.

2. No procrastination for me , especially when it comes to paying bills , if I have to pay someone or a bill , I have to do that immediately , It simply cant wait.

3. The one and only thing where loathing is an understatement is driving. I’d rather walk if i can than drive.

4. I immensely dislike it when a person during a conversation , lends a deaf ear to what you have to say and go ahead with their opinions. For crying out loud , its a conversation ( assuming its 2-way and between 2 people)! Listening is an art !

5. I have zero tolerance for patronizing/condescending behavior . Be it family , friends or acquaintances , I am ruthless with them.

6. Now this is hatred , when people advice me on completing our family with children ,Who are they to give me advice on what I should do next?

7. I rather not be an emotional crutch to people , I am like a sponge , I absorb their problems and let it bother me , they seem to forget I am human sometimes , thus the anti- social avatar!

8. I am given celebrity status in my family , everything I do is scrutinized and I have been under a microscope for a really long time , I hate it and one cant imagine how overbearing that can be.A disadvantage of having a close knit extended family as much as I love them.

9. I dislike it when someone buys me clothes and thrusts them on me , Someone did that when I came to the US and I was wearing a bunch of horrible green skirts and I hated every moment of it and I never bought a green outfit after that , however good . Now I say ” Oh they are beautiful ! Can I have the receipt to return them please ? ” I am shameless!

10. I hate is when people say that I am lucky because K tends to me when I am sick or cooks for me when I want him to do it or does things that a few/ most men normally don’t . When he does them ,I am lucky and if I do it for him, then its duty . People tend to forget that both of us nurture ,give into this relationship and are equally responsible for each other. I really wish I could change this.

So after venting out all this bitterness , I find solace in Theeyati Pulusu, a mild dish with an unusual combination of vegetables tied together with a medley of spices.Theeyati Pulusu or vegetables medley in sweet sauce is a common pulusu /stew in Andhra Pradesh. Most Commonly eaten with rice . I am immensely partial to south Indian food. The very mention of it , sets my taste buds tingling. This recipe traditonally calls for sweet potatoes , drumsticks , squash etc. Dare to be experimental with this dish , The results would still be stunning!

I used the fiber rich ,fattened, round eight-ball squash from California . It is a spherical hybrid of zucchini. It shares the same dark, speckled green skin and plump insides, this squash can be served the same way as zucchini. When I rummaged my kitchen treasure chest( my refrigerator) , found an almost wilting golden beetroot and a few frozen drumsticks. The result was more than satisfactory. I used Menthi Podi , A flavorful podi made by my mother in law , used commonly in pulusu and sambhar , I will share soon. Just to give you an idea, it has a strong flavour of fenugreek in it . If you would like to use sambhar podi instead . Add a 1/4 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to the popu and it will give the same flavour.

I am sending this to Eat healthy -fiber rich hosted by Sangeeth of Art of Cooking Indian Food . Thank you sangeeth for hosting such a wonderful event.


The green squash at the left hand side is the round eight ball squash


    • 1 teaspoon of Urad dal
      1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
      A few sprigs of curry leaves
      1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
      A few red chillies
      A liberal pinch of asafoetida


  • small rounded squash / red pumpkin chopped
    8-12 pieces of drumsticks
    One sweet potato / beetroot chopped
    3 shallots chopped
    1 tablespoon shredded fresh or dry coconut
    2 teaspoons sesame powder
    2 teaspoons powdered jaggery
    1 teaspoon menthi podi / sambhar powder
    2 teaspoons of besan/ chickpea flour
    2 teaspoons of tamarind extract
    1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
    Oil , Salt to taste
    Cilantro for garnish.

    For the Popu/Seasoning :

    1. Chop all the vegetables into large chunks. Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel and do the popu in the order of urad dal , cumin seeds , mustard seeds , red chilies , curry leaves and asafoetida.

    2. Once the mustard seeds pop , add all the chopped vegetables and add salt , turmeric and cook covered until tender , This takes about 10-15 minutes.

    3. Then add the Menthi Podi , tamarind extract , coconut, sesame powder , jaggery powder . Also mix besan in water and make sure there are no lumps and add to the cooked vegetables ( this helps thicken the soup) . Mix well and let it simmer until the flavours mingle. Garnish with cilantro and Serve hot with rice


    Theeyati Pulusu , a meal by itself

16 thoughts on “Meme and Theeyati Pulusu

  1. Dee says:

    Suganya, I must have miscommunicated, this squash is normally grown in CA , I bought it from Whole Foods

  2. Siri says:

    e pulusu ma ammama chesevaru Dee.. looks yummo.. btw did u happen to visit my blog – yest I posted Nupur’s Aloo Posto and added a tsp of ur Koora podi to it. It was D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S..:D


  3. Madhuram says:

    I also agree with most of your pet peeves in the meme. About the 10th point, I think it will take a couple of centuries to change. Right now, I think it’s normal when people tell you are lucky when your husband tends to you. That’s because maybe only 10% of the married male population are considerate enough to take care of the wife when she is not feeling well. Assume this situation, when the wife is not feeling well, one husband tells that she need not cook for him, he will eat outside. Now there is another husband who asks her to take rest and cooks for both of them and looks after her like a mother would do. I definitely feel the second wife is lucky. I totally agree that this mentality of duty and lucky should change and men should be more willing to participate in the domestic affairs and be more responsible around the house. I think the responsibility now lies with mothers of boys, so that atleast the next generation will be better than this one. Such a long comment!

    The pulusu looks so tempting Dee. Adding sesame powder is new to me. I think I will try this one without the jaggery.

  4. Dee says:

    Thank you all for the kind comments , Its such a relief to see that there are some people out there who agree with me!

    @ Madhu , I agree that moms of the next generation should change that , also I feel that the wives need to bring that change too , K would happily park himself on the couch and watch his favorite NBA match and gets lost in his world sometimes , I go to him and ask him for help and make sure he does that job for me. Sometimes he volunteers himself , I just dont go into the kitchen during the weekends except to cook one meal. he does it all.

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