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Pulinkari Kerala Recipe With Edible Red Hibiscus Flowers (Healthy Stew)

This is a delicious South Indian style vegetarian curry made using edible red hibiscus flowers and spices. Its very healthy and goes great with rice as a side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 81kcal


  • 15 red hibiscus flowers fresh
  • 1 medium sized onion or a handful of shallots
  • 4 green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste about half the size of a medium sized lemon
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 dry red chilies broken
  • 1 string curry leaves
  • fresh coriander leaves a few
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric Powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt as needed


  • Separate petals from the hibiscus flowers, as we need only the petals to prepare the stew.
  • Rinse and clean the petals, keep them aside.
  • Dissolve the tamarind paste in water and keep aside so that you get the tamarind extract in few minutes.
  • Chop the green chili peppers and also the onion or shallots finely, and keep them aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds.
  • Add the broken dry red chilies and curry leaves to the oil, and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add chopped shallots or onion along with the chopped green chili peppers and coriander leaves and saute for a few minutes.
  • Filter the tamarind extract and add this sour extract to the pan.
  • Add salt and stir well so that everything is combined well.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and fenugreek powder to this mixture and mix well.
  • Wait till this boils, then reduce the flames and cook for a few minutes by stirring in between so that mixture becomes little thick.
  • When the mixture has reached the required consistency, you can add the chopped hibiscus flowers and stir well.
  • Once the stew starts boiling, mix well and remove the pan from the stove. You can serve this as a yummy side dish with rice for lunch or dinner or you can also serve this hot as an edible flower soup or flower stew with exotic spices!


This stew has got all the goodness of red hibiscus flowers, tamarind and spices. You may tweak the recipe in many different ways to suit your taste preferences. Instead of using chili peppers, you may add crushed black pepper which would go very well with this recipe.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 55.4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.9mg