Dappalam - Vegetable Tangy Gravy

This week happens to be the last week of BM #42. I chose to explore some of my bookmarks from the mega marathon in April, 2014. This surprisingly won the hearts of my family. 

The first time I heard about Dappalam was in a famous movie song called 'vivaha bhojanambu' from the Telugu film 'Mayabazar'. 

I was not aware of this tangy pulusu when I first heard it in he song when I was a child, nor were there any discussions about this. But when I saw this in the last mega marathon, my interest was re-ignited and so here I am for Day 1, with this super hit tangy gravy or simply put, pulusu .

Recipe source here
Ingredients - 

Mixed Vegetables 2 cups (like Okra, Onions, Carrots, Green Beans, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Drumstick, Tomato)
Green Chillies, slit lengthwise 2-3 (or as needed)
Salt, Turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, Jaggery as needed
Tamarind extract, thick 1 Tbsp (or as needed)
Water 4 cups
Rice flour 1 Tbsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Fenugreek seeds 1/8 tsp, Asafoetida a pinch, Curry leaves few)

Dappalam - Vegetable Tangy Gravy

Method Of Preparation -

In a sauce pan, add all the vegetables and green chillies in about 2 cups of water and let the water boil until the vegetables cook through.

Add in salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, tamarind extract and jaggery as needed.

Add in 2 more cups of water.Let the mixture come to a rolling boil.

In a separate bowl, mix the rice flour in about 2-3 tablespoons of water to make a thin paste without lumps. Pour it in the simmering mixture and mix well so there are no lumps.

After the mixture boils for a few minutes. check for the taste and adjust the flavors if needed.

Prepare the seasoning by heating oil in a small pan and adding the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop, transfer the seasoning into the Dappalam and remove from heat.

Serve it hot with steaming rice for a filling meal!

Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Thursday, July 24, 2014


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Yea I was hearing it for the first time too..:)..and I don't remember from the song though...Very nice presentation..

  3. Niru Says:
  4. Wow...all veggies in one go....sure must be delicious...

  5. Nice healthy curry with all the vegetables..

  6. Dappalam looks very tasty and tangy. Wonderfully prepared.

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Such a lovely medley of veggies, this tangy gravy will definitely tickle my tastebuds.

  9. This looks a lot like Khatkhate that they make it Goa. All vegetables in one curry.

  10. I heard of dappalam and it was also prepared at my place when we were going up. I have not eaten this and nor is it prepared anymore at home. I wonder why it is no longer cooked at my place. I vaguely remember the taste now.

    Nice recipe.

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