Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Parangikai Paal Kootu-Sweet Pumpkin Milk Kootu Recipe

Parangikai Paal Kootu is a simple, mildly sweet stew/kootu prepared with yellow pumpkin, milk and sugar. As this kootu is slightly sweet, it goes well with vathal kulambu or spicy thogayal and served with rice. Today we will learn how to make Pumpkin paal kootu following this easy recipe.

Parangikai Paal Kootu-Sweet Pumpkin Milk Kootu

Parangikai Paal Kootu

Parangikai Paal Kootu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Kootu
 Recipe CuisineTamil Brahmin

   Ingredients needed

   Tender Pumpkin/pagangikkai - 1 1/2 cup chopped
   Sugar - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Milk - 1 cup
   Rice flour - 2 tsp
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Coconut oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
   Red Chillies or green chillies - 2
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Grated coconut - 2 tbsp (optional)


Peel the skin, discard the seeds and chop pumpkin into small pieces. Use tender pumpkin for this kootu.


Cook pumpkin with salt and just needed water until tender. (if there is excess water after cooking, you may drain it).

Then add sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. (Traditionally sugar is added to this kootu but I have added jaggery as I do not prefer to use sugar).

how to make paal kootu

Mix rice flour with milk without lumps. Then add the mixture to the cooked pumpkin.

pumpkin sweet kootu

Cook on medium heat until it boils well and the consistency becomes saucy.

Heat coconut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves. When dal turns golden brown, add the seasoning to the kootu and mix well.

Parangikai Paal Kootu recipe

Garnish with grated coconut and serve with vathal kulambu and rice.

Note - You may use coconut milk instead regular milk or you can use half of regular milk and half of coconut milk.

Check Parangikai Kootu for chapati and rice.

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  1. Hi Padhu
    Much eager to try and taste the dish..
    But I have a question: Will the dish not be curdled since we have added salt and milk?

    1. No, as we are adding rice flour, the milk will not get curdled.The heat has to be medium low. If you are concerned, you can use coconut milk also.


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