Chilakada Dumpala Pulusu | Sweet Potato Stew | Shakarkand Curry

Recipe Prepared By

Smt Jhansi Lakshmi

Article Written By

Chilakada dumpala pulusu is the stew made with sweet potato. This tangy stew is a regular dish prepared by South India Telugu people. This is sweet, spicy and sour in taste. Chilakada dumpala pulusu is good with combination when added with other vegetables like brinjal, drumsticks, bottle gourd, eggs. In this Mrs.Jhansi cooked the stew with sweet potato and drumstick. Here are the step by step instructions.

Preparation time: 10 Minutes
Cooking time: 25 Minutes
Main ingredient: Sweet potato
Course: Main
Yield: 3-4
1 Bowl measurement: 250ml


Sweet potato: 1/2 kg


What is the key nutritional benefit of sweet potato?

Drumsticks: 2 sticks 


Tomato: 1 or 2


Onion: 1 Big


Green chillies: 2-3


Tamarind: Big lemon size or tamarind paste: 2-3 tsp


Mashed jaggery: 1-2 tsp


For talimpu
Dry red chilly: 1, fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp, cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp, musatard seeds: 1/2 tsp, garlic pods: 3-4, curry leaves: few


Salt: As required


Red chilly powder: 1 tsp


Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp


Oil: 2-3 tsp


Step 1: wash and peel the sweet potato (optional), cut into medium size


Chop the onions in medium size


Slice the green chillies


Cut the tomatoes into small pieces

Step 2: Preheat oil for tempering. Stay in medium flame and add these one by one

Dry red chilly

Fenugreek seeds

cumin seeds

Mustard seeds

Curry leaves

Garlic (mashed)


Step 3: Add and saute chopped onions and green chillies for a minute


Step 4: Add turmeric powder and salt, saute for 2 minutes


Step 5: Add tomatoes and drumstick, saute for a minute

How do you test a drumstick before you buy it?

Step 6: Close the lid for 5-6 minutes


Step 7: Add tamarind paste or soaked tamarind pulp. Add 2 bowls water, let it cook for 2 minutes


Which item does this sweet potato stew taste well in combination with?

Step 8: Add mashed jaggery, let it cook for 10-15 minutes


Step 9: Add red chilly powder, let it cook till it comes to required thickness

Q) What is the key nutritional benefit of sweet potato?
Although sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, potassium and vitamin C. They have lot of vitamin A which is equivalent to 377% of daily dietary requirement.

Q) How do you test a drumstick before you buy it?
Good drumsticks are supposed to be lengthy and reasonably thick. We should press them to see that they are neither too hard nor too soft. You should peel of the hard exterior skin by cutting, bending it back and peel it of with the help of knife.

Q) Which item does this sweet potato stew taste well in combination with?
This item tastes best with steamed toor dal, rice and clarified butter(ghee). Serve hot.

Sweet and sour chilakada dumpa pulusu is ready to serve :)


It is a good combination with steamed rice and mudda pappu.

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