Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How to make Poosanikai Kootu | White pumpkin kootu| Kootu Recipes

Poosanikkai kootu or Ash gourd kootu is yet another my favorite kootu. This version is my grandma's recipe. We can make Kootu, sambar, mor kuzhambu and halwa using this Ash gourd.

How to make Poosanikai kootu

Preparation time: 20 min | Cook Time: 10 min | Serves: 4
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

  • Poosanikkai / White pumpkin - 300 gms
  • Bengal gram / Kadalai paruppu - 4 tsp (1/2 cup)
  • Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 2 tsp
  • Rice - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as per taste
For seasoning
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chilli - 1

1. Soak the rice for 30 min.
2. Cook the bengal gram separately till it becomes soft and keep aside.
3. Now remove the skin, seeds and middle white portion of the pumpkin or ash gourd. Cut into cubes and wash it.
4. In a wok or kadai or a vessel, add the ash gourd, turmeric powder, a pinch of salt and water just to cover the vegetables. Cover and cook it.
5. Meanwhile, take the soaked rice, cumin seeds, green chillies and coconut and grind to a smooth paste.

6. Check the vegetable is cooked to soft. Now add the ground coconut paste.
7. Add the cooked bengal gram and mix well. Allow to cook for another 5 min.
8. Meanwhile, prepare the tadka or thalippu. In a small pan, add oil, and when hot add in the mustard seeds, urud dhal, curry leaves, red chilli and fry for a min.
9. Transfer this content to the cooked vegetables, give a stir.
10. Yummy kootu is ready to be served with rice.

1. You can reduce the quantity of Bengal gram to half and add the moong dal.
2. While doing the seasoning or thalippu, you can add the finely chopped small onion and fry and can be added to the vegetables.

You can also look at
Snake gourd Kootu

Pumpkin Halwa

26 lovely comments:

Divya Shivaraman

Perfect kootu akila...looks so yummy

pepper bowl

Wow!!it looks too good!! I love it!!


Lovely and flavorful kootu

FewMinute Wonders

I love poosinikai kootu a lot. Rice addition in kootu is interesting. Will give this one a try.

Sangeetha Nambi

Super tempting and comforting kootu...


lovely simple recipe,

Priya Anandakumar

simple delectable kootu...


Healthy kootu...u made it perfect..

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

Looks yummy & tempting!


Akila, this looks lovely!! And you have clicked some amazing pics!!


following you :)

Mrs.Mano Saminathan

Lovely poosanikkaai koottu! snaps are nice!!

Nava K

My jaw almost dropped looking at the pictures. Stunning and loveable dish, just like how we love ash gourd to be cooked.


lovely clicks.delicious kootu taste delicious.


looks sooo tempting n delicious...

Nilu A

Love this simple kootu.. Yummy.. Thanks for shring Akila :-)


Lovely and healthy re ipe

Rumana Rawat

Looks very yummy...

Suja Manoj

Nice recipe Akila,looks super yum

Suja Manoj

Nice recipe Akila,looks super yum

Chelsea Marrs

YUM! Adore your blog, it's so cute & mouth-watering!!

Follow back if you can :)
xoxo Chels

TN School Events

I like Poosanika kootu very much. Lovely clicks and recipe!!

Jeyashris Kitchen

Simple and comforting kootu, we make a similar one with chow chow

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

this is one of the regualrs at home along with rice. yummy ..dear.


kootu is always my fav

Vikis Kitchen

koottu looks incredibly good and yummy! Happy to follow you dear!

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