Friday, February 3, 2012

Pumpkin Puli Kootu

This Pushnikai(White Pumpkin) Puli (Tamarind) Kootu is an absolute fav in our house! I love white pumpkin and this had a nice mixture of lentils, peanuts & tamarind and tastes good with both rice & chapati :)..amma would prepare this often and i prepare this whenever i get white pumpkin! 

Pumpkin Puli Kootu/ Pushnikai Puli Kootu
Its healthy, nutritious and easy to make...

1. White Pumpkin - 3 cups (cored, peeled and cubed finely)
2. Toor dal - 3/4 cup
3. Channa dal - a handful
4. Peanuts - 2 handful(optional)
5. Tamarind -1&1/2 tsp
6. Water - 3&1/2 cups
7. Salt - to taste
8.Turmeric - a pinch

To Roast and wet grind
1. Dhania/Coriander seeds - 2tsp
2. Channa dal - 2 tbsp
3. Red Chillies - 5-6
4. Coconut -3tbsp
5. Hing - a pinch
6. Oil - 1 tsp

To Temper
1. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
2. Curry Leaves - a spring
3. Oil - 1 tsp

Preparation Time!!
1a. Add the dals, peanuts and turmeric in a bowl and pressure cook them with enough water for upto 4 whistles
1b. Drain water of the cooked lentils ( you could use it for rasam), and lightly mash it using the back of a ladle.Keep aside

2a. Take white pumpkin in a bowl & pressure cook it for 1 whistle ( Don't add water to the pumpkins)
2b. In a pan, take the tamarind and add water ( 3 and half cup water). To this add cooked pumpkin and let it boil till the tamarind smell goes

3a. Meanwhile, take a pan, add 1 tsp oil and add all ingredients mentioned in 'To Roast & wet grind', except coconut.Roast them till light brown. Remove and cool
3b. Blend the roasted items along with coconut and little water to make a fine paste

4. Once the tamarind smell goes, add the lentils to this mixture and mix well. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes
5. After 2-3 minutes, add the wet grind mixture and salt to wok and mix well. Let it simmer for another 5-6 minutes and switch of flame
6. Take a pan, add oil. Once warm, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and add this to the pumpkin mixture in the wok!

Serve hot with rice or chapati or just grab a bowl & dig in!

*If the kootu is thick, you could add additional water. I had added 4 & 1/2 cup water, coz we like it a little liquify..
** i had a big pumpkin, so i used all of it, hence 3 cups.You could reduce the quantity and proportionally decrease imli, dals quantity!
*** Don't add too much of tamarind.It should not be like sambhar!

Serving : 4-5 people
Duration - 40 minutes ( mainly due to pressure cooking, if you cook lentils earlier, this can be prepared in a jiffy)

Sending this to
Sudha's 'Love for lentils'
Indrani's ' Spotlight : Winter Vegetables'


  1. very nice recipe...loved it freshly ground masala...will try it sometime...looks inviting dear!!

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  2. Thanks sangee :) do let me how u like it!

  3. Love the peanuts in the curry, very flavorful too..

  4. I love to have a taste of this wonderful dish..;P
    Tasty Appetite

  5. They look delicious..Bookmarked


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  7. @jay : i really wish i could send it over to you right away :)
    @aarthi : thanks grl :)
    @prathibha : i am glad u liked it & thanks :)

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  10. @indrani : Glad u liked it!
    @ Only fish recipes : Thanks glad u liked it! You seem be the word on fish recipes:),, unfortunately happen to be a pure vegetarian ;p


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