Mambazha Pulissery & Mathan Pachadi – Sadya Recipes


Wishing all those who celebrate, a very happy Onam..

What is Onam without the OnaSadya? As Monday is a working day for my husband, I made the sadya yesterday. The above was our spread. There are about 24 items served there in the leaf.

Nothing brings more happiness than a full stomach and I cannot be happier than I am right now :-).

I put a pookkalam as well after a long time. It’s indeed a very happy Onam for me :-)


Coming to the letter of the day ‘Mmmmm’, I have two recipes to share. One is the all time favourite Mambazha Pulisseri (ripe mangoes cooked in tangy yogurt and served as a gravy for rice) and the other is a pachadi made with pumpkin.

  • For Pulisseri with ripe mangoes, usually the ‘nadan'(local) variety of mangoes are used. It will be the fibrous slightly sour kind. The idea is that you don’t have to spend money to get the top grade mangoes for this curry. Just use the ones that aren’t sweet to be consumed as such.
  • The curry will be slightly sweet and tangy in taste.  You can either discard the seed at the time of cooking itself or use can just cook the seed with the flesh around it and discard it at the time of eating. Its fun to take the fruit around the seed with your hands. Messy, but tasty!
  • You can use other vegetables like raw bananas,  yam, ash gourd, pumpkin, taro roots etc for making this. Other fruits to use would be not too ripe bananas (nendran variety) and papayas. Please share if you know any other fruit that is used in Pulisseri.
  • The difference between kalan and pulisseri is that kalan is a concentrated form of Pulisseri and can be preserved for months in an airtight bottle where as pulisseri is freshly made and consumed with in a day or two (if refrigerated).


  • Mangoes, ripe/semi ripe           :         1 medium, diced
  • Yogurt                                               :          1.5 cups
  • Turmeric Powder                         :         1/4 tsp
  • Salt

To grind:

  • Coconut grated                                    : 1/2 cup
  • Green Chilies                                       :  2
  • Jeera                                                      :  1/2 tsp

For tempering:

  • Oil                                                          :   1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds                                  :   1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds                              :    1 tsp
  • Red chilies                                          :     2
  • Curry leaves                                      :    5-6


  1. Wash and clean the mango. Chop off the stem portion. Slice the two cheeks off and cut them into 4 pieces. Retain the seed with the ring of fruit around it.
  2. Add water till the mango is covered, add turmeric powder and salt. Cook till the mango is done.
  3. Grind the coconut with chilies and jeera. Once the mango is cooked, add this paste to it and bring it to a boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes. You may have to add water if there isn’t enough in the pan.
  4. In the same mixie jar, blend the yogurt for a few seconds. You can do this in a bowl too using a ‘mathu’ or whisk. Basically you need to break the yogurt so that no lumps remain. This also helps in yogurt not splitting when its hot.
  5. Add this to the boiling curry and let it cook for a minute in low heat until it reaches the boiling point. You will have to stir to avoid the yogurt from splitting/curdling.
  6. Take the pan off the heat once it reaches boiling point. Even if the pan sits in the hot stove, yogurt might split.
  7. In a small tadka pan, heat the oil and add the red chilies and mustard seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Once it turns brown, take off the heat and add to the pulissery. Serve with rice and a side dish.


Mathan Pachadi:

  • I am making this for the first time. I have followed the same method I use for the other pachadis. A bit of jaggery is added to sweeten it a bit. Pumpkin by itself will render sweetness to this dish.
  • This pachadi can be made in a different way as well. In that, pumpkin is cooked in tamarind water. So the souring agent is tamarind instead of curd.


  • Pumpkin (yellow)/ Mathan            :          2 cups (one small papaya)
  • Turmeric powder                                :         1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Yogurt                                                      :          3/4 -1  cup
  • Jaggery                                                    :           1 tbsp

To grind:

  • Coconut                               :           3/4 cup
  • Green chillies                    :           2 -3
  • Mustard seeds                 :            1/2 tsp

To season:

  • Oil                                              :             1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds                      :              1 tsp
  • Red chillies                            :               2


  1. Wash, clean, peel and dice the pumpkin. Add very little water, turmeric powder and cook in a pan till its done.
  2. Meanwhile, grind the coconut, mustard seeds and chillies to a fine smooth paste. Again, add only as little water as possible, we don’t want a runny pachadi finally.
  3. Add salt and the coconut paste to the cooked pumpkin and let it boil for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Take off the heat and add the yogurt. Mix, taste test and keep aside.
  5. For seasoning, in a small pan, add the oil. Heat and then add the mustard seeds and red chillies. Once it splutters, add the curry leaves. Wait for it to change color. Top the pachadi with this tadka.
  6. Serve as a side dish for rice.


My friend’s pookkalam two days back. She call’s it ‘The Woman’. Nice, isn’t it?

Catch up with the previous posts in this series here:

  1. A – Avial, Ada Pradhaman, Achinga Payar – Chena Mezhukkupiratti
  2. B – Beetroot Kichadi, Beet root thoran, Beans Thoran
  3. C  – Carrot Thoran, Cabbage Thoran
  4. D – Daal – Parippu Curry
  5. E – Erisseri – Chena & Mathan Vanpayaru
  6. F – Fruit Pachadi
  7. G – God’s Own Country – Kerala
  8. H – How to Serve a Sadya
  9. I – Inji Puli
  10. J – Jackfruit Payasam – Chakka Payasam
  11. K – Kalan & Koottu Curry
  12. L – Lemon Rasam
  13. M – Mambazha Pulisseri & Mathan Pachadi

Linking this to Valli’s Side Dish Mela

Logo courtesy : Preeti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32

Linking this to Valli’s Side Dish Mela.


16 thoughts on “Mambazha Pulissery & Mathan Pachadi – Sadya Recipes

  1. Mate ape dhanya hai! What a lot of effort Rajani. I must say that these are amazing dishes. So amazing that I have corrected my spelling 4 times now. These dishes are making me so hungry that I ma eating my words.

    The Woman is beautiful. Pleae congratulate your friend.
    Belated Onam wishes or should I say Navratri wishes now :D


  2. Usually I have the energy to prepare anything and everything when it comes to blog and lack it when it comes to festivals. My kids get to enjoy variety of foods on any other day except on festive days. :)
    And girl, you prepared 24 dishes for that festive platter. Kudos to you.


  3. Belated Onam wishes to you and your family Rajani. First of all I cannot even imagine how you made 24 items, that too so many delicious dishes.. Wow.. Both these dishes look amazing. Lovely clicks.. I was hoping to see your pookalam too :0)


    1. @valli and pavani, there are 24 dishes in there but the chips & pickles Were outsourced (MIL and store bought). Usually these are also made at home, but i didn’t…Banana is not ‘made’ :D and things like ghee, curd and rice are minimal effort items. It’s mainly the side dishes and the sambars that are made.


  4. Omg, wat a delightful mambazha pulissery, i seriously want to make them,but none at home love mambazham in spicy avatar, wish i could make atleast once in my life. Delicious pachadi too.


  5. Awesome spread as I said Rajani…it is too much with 24 dishes..:)..but yea if you treat me to this feast even I won’t say no..everything looks absolutely stunning and lovely presentation. I am so glad you did pookolam too..very nice….as PJ says me too..:)


  6. Love the kolam and the elai sapadu!Mango curry is something I am putting off for later but your pics are truly inviting.So bookmarked.In fact I am bookmarking this whole series Rajani :)


  7. wish you a happy onam dear lovely pookalam and fabulous spread :) I too tried this mampazham pulisery yesterday :) looks super delicious and i know it tastes fabulous :) makes me drool dear !!


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