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Mukkala Pulusu/ Dhappalam / Indian Vegetable Soup

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:5 min     CookTime:20 min   Cuisine:Indian

Dhappalam/Mukkala Pulusu is a traditional age old recipe of Andhra Pradesh, a South Indian state. The ancient name for this traditional recipe is Dhappalam, but in later days it’s called as Mukkala Pulusu in new terms. While ‘Mukkalu’ means pieces and ‘Pulusu’ means Pulp in Telugu,regional language of that state. Any festival,celebration,marriages would definitely have this in the menu in the Telugu states.

It’s very nutritious mainly because of its mixed vegetable broth. You can add any other vegetables but the must and should one’s are sweet potato and pumpkin / butternut squash.

It is perfectly Vegan+Glutenfree and No Onion+No Garlic recipe. This Sweet & Sour soup can be taken as it is or with plain rice or any bread.


One best combination which is most common in Telugu meals is [Muddha Pappu + MukkalaPulusu] as shown in the last pic below. Recipe for Muddha Pappu / Dal / Plain LentilStew

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips  mentioned at the end.

You can find my other Soup recipes here⇒ Salads & Soups

All other Dal / LentilStew recipes here⇒ Dal / Pappu / Lentil Stew

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  2. Indian Soup with Buttermilk / Majjiga Pulusu
  3. Instant Soup / Instant Chaaru (No Powder)

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  • Drum sticks/ Mulakkada – 2
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Sweet Potato – 1 (medium size)
  • Pumpkin / Butternut Squash – 10 to 12 cubed pieces
  • Salt – 3½ teaspoons
  • Jaggery – 2 tablespoons
  • Red Chilli Powder –  2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Tamarind – 1 big lemon size
  • Coriander – 2 to 3 twigs
  • Water – for cooking and boiling
  • Rice flour – 1 tablespoon

Ingredients for Tempering : (optional)

  • Mustard seeds / Aavalu – ¼ teaspoon
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds -½ teaspoon
  • Nuvvulu / Sesame Seeds – ¼ teaspoon (optional)
  • Asafoetida / Hing / Inguva – half of ¼ teaspoon
  • Dry Red Chillies – 3
  • Curry Leaves – 5 to 6
  • Cooking oil – 2 tablespoons

Special Ingredients:

  • Jaggery
  • Tamarind


  • In case you are using dry tamarind, take it into a small cup.
  • Fill it with hot boiling water and put it aside, for the pulp to soften.38754746085_3a28bbb5ac_o
  • Next, wash the vegetables thoroughly and cut them into cube size pieces or finger size length wise pieces.
  • Slit the green chillies length wise. 
  • Transfer all the vegetable pieces into the pressure cooker.  
  • Add a teaspoon of salt and one cup of water too.
  • Close the pressure cooker with lid and whistle.
  • Let it cook on stove top under high flame upto 3 whistles, and then switch off the flame.
  • When the pressure is released open the lid and add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, remaining salt and jaggery to the vessel.

    Red Chilli Powder,Turmeric powder, jaggery and salt added to the cooked vegetables
  • Add 3 cups of cold water, tamarind pulp to the vessel and mix gently. 
  • Add a tablespoon of chopped coriander too.
  • Switch the stove on, under medium flame and let the soup/pulusu boil. 
  • The soup / pulusu needs to boil for 8-10 mins. 
  • At this stage add the rice flour ,give a mix and remove the vessel from stove top.
  •  On the same flame, put a small frying pan and add the ‘Ingredients for tempering’.
  • Sautee them and switch the flame off once done.
  • Now transfer all the sauteed tempering into the pulusu / soup vessel.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and transfer the soup/pulusu to a serving dish. Done!!


  • This is strictly a No Onion, No Garlic recipe.
  • In case using dry tamarind,take the thick pulp out of the cup of tamarind which we kept aside, by sqeezing between your palm.
  • In case you are using readily available tamarind pulp, just add a big lemon size quantity.
  • Adjust the salt , spice and sweet as per your taste, but the expected spice  is medium.
  • If you would like to take it as it is like a soup, then tempering for this recipe can be eliminated.
  • The storage time for this soup/pulusu at room temperature is 2 days and if refrigerated its good upto a week.


  • The taste of this pulusu / soup is sweet,sour and a bit spicy at the same time.
  • It tastes equally good when taken with rice or had as it is with bread on the side.
  • We had it as part of our bhojanam/meal as as shown below.
    Sweet & Sour Indian Vegetable Soup / Mukkala Pulusu all set to eat

    Mukkala Pulusu/Sweet&Sour Indian Vegetable Soup part of Bhojanam/Meal 

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