June 29, 2018

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu with Channa Dal (without Coconut)

With yellow pumpkin (manjal poosanikai) we usually prepare either poriyal , Chutney or kuzhambu. This yellow pumpkin kootu recipe was given to me by my friend. I tried this and liked it very much. This can be used as poriyal or side dish for rice and chapathi.

Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Stir Fry / Poriyal
Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time: 15 mins |  Yields : 1 ½ cup

Yellow Pumpkin (chopped)
1 cup
Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu
3 tbsp
1 tsp or as required
Dry Powders:

1 tsp
Turmeric Powder
½ tsp
To Temper:

2 tsp
Mustard Seeds
¼ tsp
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
Curry Leaves
1 spring
Garlic Pods
Chopped Onion
¼ cup
Tomato (small size)

1. Remove the skin and seeds of the pumpkin. Then cut it into ½ inch pieces.
2. Remove the skin of the garlic and either chop them into small pieces or grate them using the grater.
3. Remove the skin of the onion and cut it into small pieces.
4. Wash and pressure cook the channa dal with ¼ cup of water for 4 whistles in medium flame or cook them till they become tender.
5. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and wait for popping.
6. Add cumin seeds and wait for splutter.
7. Add curry leaves and sauté till they become crisp.
8. Add garlic (from 2) and sauté for few seconds.
9. Add onion (from 3) and sauté till they become translucent.
10. Add chopped tomato and cook till they become mushy. Now close the lid of the pan and cook.
11. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix them well.
12. Add chopped pumpkin (from 1) and add ¼ cup of water. Mix them well. Close the lid of the pan and cook till they become soft.
13. Add channa dal (from 4) with cooked water and mix well. Cook till the water evaporates completely.
Yummy and tasty pumpkin / poosanikai kootu is ready to serve wit

1. You can use either small onion or big onion.
2. Adjust the spice level according to your taste.


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