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In Andhra Pradesh state and some parts of the state of Karnataka of South India, a no moon day in the month of October is observed as - -Polala Amavasya, dedicated to Goddess Poleramma who, it is believed, saves people from all kinds of pox diseases. On that day, besides other offerings, a kind of soup of all vegetables is offered to the Goddess which, in local language, is called --Kalagaaya Pulusu --, meaning Grand soup of all vegetables.

All available vegetable pieces, (each piece, wherever possible) about three inches in size.

The vegetables : Pumpkin, Bottle gourd, Ridge gourd, Radish, Okra, Eggplant, Coconut, snake gourd, tomatoes (All in small quantities).

Leafy Vegetables: China Spinach (Batchali). Garden leaf (Stem pieces with leaves) and Green coriander (all two cups each).

Tamarind : 300 grams
Brown Sugar : 300 grams
Refined oil : 350 ml
Salt : As Required
Mustard Seeds : 2 Table Spoons
Fenugreek : 1 Table Spoon
Asafoeitida : 1/2 Tea Spoon
Turmeric Powder : 1 Tea Spoon
Onion pieces : 1 Cup
Green Chillies : 100 grams

Spices: Cardamon, cloves, Poppy seeds, cinnamon, Coriander seeds, Cumin seeds, Garlic bulbs ( all 1/4th cup each), 4 inch ginger piece plus 2 cups grated onions.


1. Wash the vegetables and cut into three inch pieces with out removing the outer husk.

2. Take all the spices in to a grinding jar and prepare a paste. Keep the paste aside. Extract tamarind pulp into a cup.

3. Place a big vessel on the stove, add oil and heat. Splutter mustard seeds, add asafoeitida, fenugreek seeds, one cup onion pieces and the green chillies and saute.

4. Add all the vegetables and leafy vegetables, turmeric powder and mix thoroughly. Fry for about five minutes.

5. Now add the spices paste, tamarind pulp, brown sugar and salt. Mix again, add enough water and simmer on medium flame.

After the contents are well cooked, serve hot.

Preparation Time: 90 Minutes Serves: Many
Recipe Origin: India
Submitted by:
MPR. Radhakrishna

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