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.

Ingredient :

Red pumpkin -2 cup
Green chillies -3
Shallots -5
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 :

  1. Deseed the pumpkin and wash cleanly with water.Cut the pumpkin in cubecube shapes.
  2. Heat oil and add mustard, let it splutter. Add channa dal, urad dal and fry golden brown.
  3. Now add chopped shallots,slit chillies, curry leaves and saute for while.
  4. Now put the red pumpkin, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cover the lid and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle about 1/4 glass of water and cook in medium flame until the pumpkin becomes soft and tender.
  6. Finally add grated coconut, saute for about a minute and transfer to serving bowl.


Step-wise pictures of Pumpkin stir fry/Poriyal:


1. Wash the pumpkin, Cut them into medium size cubes.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard,channa dal, urad dal
3. Add chopped onions,chillies and curry leaves
4. Now add the chopped pumpkin along with green chillies.
5. Add salt, Chilli powder, turmeric powder, mix well, sprinkle water and let it cook
6. When it is cooked soft add coconut
7. Mix well and put off the flame.
8. Serve along with hot rice and rasam.
  • 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

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