Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu-Yellow Pumpkin Gravy-Kaddu Sabzi

Yellow Pumpkin is rich in beta carotene - a source of antioxidant which helps to reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. It also has vitamin A, B6, C and E. It improves your immunity and slows down the aging process. It is low in calories and can be used to prepare various delicious dishes like soup, kheer, curry, kootu, chutney etc. Today we will learn how to prepare parangikai kootu or yellow pumpkin gravy following this easy recipe-

home grown vegetables

Before going to the recipe, I would like to share a small personal note.These vegetables are from my small organic kitchen garden. I felt so happy that my efforts are fruitful and I could harvest toxic free vegetables. I did not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides but just compost from my own kitchen and garden waste. I am posting this picture as it might inspire somebody out there. Let us try not to waste kitchen, garden waste, instead convert them into rich manure.

Parangikai Kootu-Yellow Pumpkin Gravy

Parangikai Kootu-Yellow Pumpkin Gravy

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Yellow Pumpkin - 3 cups chopped
   Tur dal - 1/3 cup
   Turmeric powder - a pinch

   Onion - 2 chopped
   Tomatoes - 2
   Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped

   Fry and grind

   Red chilli -3
   Whole black Pepper - 1/3 tsp
   Roasted Peanuts - 1 tbsp
   Graded coconut -1/4 cup

   For the seasoning

   Oil -2 tsp
   Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - few

Parangikai kootu-yellow pumpkin gravy

1.Peel,chop pumpkin into cubes and cook in little water adding salt and turmeric powder. Do not pressure cook as it will become mushy.

2.Heat a tsp of oil, fry pepper, red chilli and peanuts nicely and grind it along with grated coconut. Keep it aside.

3.Blanch tomatoes and take tomato puree.

4.Pressure cook toor/tur dal till soft.

Keep everything ready, now to the method.


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add onion, ginger, curry leaves and fry until onion turns transparent.

Then add the cooked pumpkin, ground paste, tomato puree, cooked dal, needed salt, mix well and cook on low flame until everything gets blended well.

Serve it with rice or as a side dish for chapati. Enjoy the health benefits of this humble vegetable.

More Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Curry (different Subzi without tomato)

Pumpkin Chutney

Ash gourd Raita (white pumpkin)

Ash gourd kootu


Pumpkin Erissery

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, until then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.com


  1. wow i love this...love it with rice....

  2. A delicious sabzi. Looks fantastic.

  3. Wow fresh veggies from ur garden,incredible..kootu looks super delicious dear..

  4. love kootu, this looks so tempting and delicious.

  5. Comfort dish,flavorful and yummy

  6. yummy dish...you made perfectly dear..

  7. Wow,nice to see your fresh garden veggies... yummy yummy pumpkin koottu looks delicious!

  8. Lovely kootu and love those fresh veggies from your garden.

  9. Drooling here......awesome recipe

  10. Fresh veggies from your garden look superb. Gr8 job.
    Pumpkin sabzi looks very tasty.

  11. wow nice to see ur fresh veggies......sabzi looks delicious yaar!

  12. wow gr8 job with your garden. I know how elated you are when you get some small products from your own garden. Keep going.

    I luv gardening and do have a small garden in my balcony with vegetables.

    Luv the pumkin dish too.

  13. gr8 job with your garden.. Am very much inspired by your natural n organic ideas. Thank you so much for blogging your ideas!

  14. Looks like you are a superwoman living ur life at the fullest..i gained more attention towards ur page the moment i read about ur kitchen garden..ur family is so lucky to have a woman like u...i wish i cud live like dis...taking vegetables from the kitchen garden and cooking healthy food..awesome! Keep it up!

  15. kooottu seems to be delicious... now i am cooking the same... nice to hear that those veg are picked from own organic garden... nice thought to inspire others...

  16. Hi Padhu,
    I was looking at your intro page and saw you have a very nice garden. How big is your kitchen garden? Where is it?

  17. Ma'am your pumpkin kheer was a failure...follow all your instructions carefully one by one but while adding jaggery water the kheer instantly curdled what is the reason pls let me know as I would like to try this again and hope mot to repeat the mistake

    1. I have not posted pumpkin kheer at all yet.You must have tried from some other site.

    2. Dear padhu,
      I m one of u r ardent follower . Your receipes are always a fail proof.. whenever I read Receipe from some other site, I make it a point to double check with u r s nd follow u r s if there's some discrepancy.. but in u r pumpkin Receipe there's a link called pumpkin kheer , leading to no where.. just as a well wisher , I m requesting u to remove those links .keep up u r good work. All the very best

    3. Thank you Veena. So nice of you. Actually I have not posted pumpkin kheer in my website.The link was to Hindu newspaper in which I had shared pumpkin payasam recipe. I have removed it now. Thank you. So happy to know that you love my recipes.

  18. Hello mam, today I tried this pumpkin kootu...loved it...since I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy, I found ur recipe very healthy, tasty, and easy....I love all ur recipes mam...since I stay away from India it's hard to call my grandma each time for some unique Brahmin recipes. ..ur blog has made it so easy for me to keep in touch with traditional food. Thank u once again mam...


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