White pumpkin curry (ash gourd curry) recipe – How to make white pumpkin curry recipe

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White pumpkin is also called a winter melon, ash gourd or winter gourd. In Indian cuisine, this vegetable is traditionally used to prepare a wide variety of dishes. In northern India, it is used to prepare a candy called petha. In South India, it is traditionally used to make a variety of curries  and sometimes with curd or buttermilk.   White pumpkin curry is also called as poosanikkai mor kootu in Tamil Nadu.  It is very easy to prepare and goes well with rotis as well as rice.

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Prep Time : 15 mins

Cook Time : 20 mins

Servings : 3 to 4 persons

South Indian cuisine

INGREDIENTS

White pumpkin – 2 cups (chopped into medium cubes)

Onion – 1 (chopped finely)

Cooking oil – 2 tablespoons

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Few curry leaves

Salt to taste

TO BE GROUND TO A FINE PASTE

Coconut – 1/2 cup (grated)

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chillies – 3

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Garlic cloves – 5 to 6

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch sized

Cloves – 2

HOW TO MAKE OR PREPARE WHITE PUMPKIN CURRY RECIPE

PREPARATION

Boil the pumpkin cubes with little water and salt, till they become little soft.  Do not overboil them.  Once done, drain the water and keep the boiled pumpkin cubes aside.

Grind the coconut, cumin seeds, green chillies, coriander seeds, garlic cloves, cinnamon stick and cloves with little to a smooth paste.  Set aside

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and saute till the seeds stops spluttering.  Add cumin seeds and curry leaves and stir for few seconds, till the cumin seeds become light brown in colour.  Add chopped onions and cook till they become translucent.

Add the ground masala, salt and little water.  Cook on a low flame for 3-4 minutes.  Finally add the boiled pumpkin pieces and mix well.  Cover the pan with a lid and cook for another 2-3 minutes on a low flame.   Check for salt and add if required.  Bring the curry to a nice medium consistency.  Then switch off the flame.

Serve white pumpkin curry with rotis or as a side dish for steamed rice.

NOTES/TIPS

You can add curd along with ground masala for a sour taste.

Use coconut oil for an enhanced flavour.

Adjust the consistency as desired by you.

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