Vellarikka Pulinkari

A delicious traditional Kerala dish with the tanginess of mangoes, richness of coconut and the flavors of spices. This recipe goes well with rice.


  • 2 cups cucumber chopped
  • 2 green chillies, vertically slit
  • 2 teaspoons red chilly powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • 1 cup raw mango slices
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Cook cucumber pieces, turmeric powder, chilli powders and salt in 2 cups water for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add raw mango slices and salt. Mix well and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Grind coconut, shallots, cumin seeds, turmeric powder to a smooth paste and add it to the cooked cucumber-mango mix.
  4. Add half cup water and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour a tempering of hot coconut oil wit hfried mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves over the curry.
  6. Serve vellarikka pulinkari warm with steamed rice.

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