Red pumpkin is called as parangikai or arasanikai (traditionally) in tamil. They are the excellent source of carotene, vital antioxidants and vitamins. This is considered to be a low-calorie vegetable which contains no saturated fats(cannot be easily break down) and cholesterol but proved to be a good source of dietary fiber.
Red pumpkin -2 cup
Green chillies -3
Mustard -1/4 tsp
Channa dal -1/4 tsp
Split Urad dal -1/4 tsp
Curry leaves -few
Chilli powder -1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder -2 pinches
Oil -2 tbsp
Grated coconut -2 tbsp
Salt as required
Method of Preparation :
- Deseed the pumpkin and wash cleanly with water.Cut the pumpkin in cubecube shapes.
- Heat oil and add mustard, let it splutter. Add channa dal, urad dal and fry golden brown.
- Now add chopped shallots,slit chillies, curry leaves and saute for while.
- Now put the red pumpkin, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cover the lid and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle about 1/4 glass of water and cook in medium flame until the pumpkin becomes soft and tender.
- Finally add grated coconut, saute for about a minute and transfer to serving bowl.
Step-wise pictures of Pumpkin stir fry/Poriyal:
- Pumpkin tastes better when cooked in low flame.
- Just sprinkle about 1/4 cup of water. Adding too much water makes the pumpkin mushy.
- Add green chillies for a nice flavor and taste.
- Do not keep stir continously as they become soggy.
- This is the traditional way of preparing pumpkin.
- THis can either be served with rice or just as a vegetable platter during chill evenings