Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Pumpkin Puli Kuzhambu (Pumpkin in Tamarind Gravy)

Ok, so here's my latest addiction... Pumpkin puli kuzhambu. You know, I've always been the weird one in the family to like yellow pumpkin, just as a side dish... But no one else in the family seemed to be a big fan of this poor vegetable at all. Yet, I managed to do the seemingly impossible task of converting them to liking pumpkin by putting in in puli kuzhambu. The best part about this? My mother (a self professed pumpkin hater) is now a die hard fan of this kuzhambu!

I think it's the mild sweetness of the yellow pumpkin that sort of balances out the tanginess and the spiciness of the gravy. I have never been a fan of puli kuzhambu until recently and I can't seem to get enough of this one. So, please do yourselves a favor and try this one out sooooon!


Yellow pumpkin, diced - 2 cups
Shallots, chopped - 4
Tomatoes - 1 chopped
Chilli powder - 2 tsp or to taste
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind - lime size soaked in water and extracted
Salt to taste

Oil (Highly recommended - sesame oil)
Methi (vendheyam) seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


1. Heat oil in pan. Fry methi seeds and curry leaves for a few seconds. Add shallots and fry until golden brown.

2. Add the masala powders (turmeric, jeera, coriander, chilli powders) and fry for a few seconds.

3. Then, add tomatoes, yellow pumpkin, tamarind extract, water (enough for gravy), and salt to taste.

4. Allow to boil until raw smell of tamarind goes away and the pumpkin is cooked.

5. Serve over hot, steaming white rice and tell me you are not in love with this dish!
1. This same method can be used to make puli kuzhambu with other vegetables (e.g, eggplant and drumstick, okra, potato, etc.)

2. In using other vegetables, try adding 2-3 chopped cloves of garlic after the onions have browned. Add and fry it a little to enhance the flavor.

3. Using a whole head of garlic and no vegetables (except maybe drumsticks) would make this into poondu kuzhambu (garlic gravy).


Prema Sundar said...

Hi Kalai,
Iam new to your blog. I make the same puli kuzhambu with garlic... haven't tried with pumpkins..sounds good and so will try it soon.
Planning to make ur garlic and chilli chutney for idli today. thanks

Kalai said...

Prema, do try the recipes out and let me know what you think! Sure you'll enjoy them.!

Sagari said...

curry looks delecious kalai this is a new recipe to me

Pravs said...

i have made puliyan curry with squash..but not the yellow pumpkin.
Good dish :)

Kalai said...

Sagari: Thanks so much! Yes, it is delicious.

Pravs: Thank you! Definitely try with the yellow pumpkin. Very yummy!

Thuva said...

Hi Kalai, I'm just learning how to cook and because my mom is not here with me in Canada. So, I have to cook :). I always try to find something to cook. Thank GOD I found this website. Your pumpkin kulambu is amazing. Yes, I admit it "I'm love with this dish!!!" Thank you very much!!!