How to make Kai Kumbala Kari -

Pumpkin cooked with coconut masala with a delicate flavour of garlic .

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Red pumpkin (bhopla/kaddu) (लाल कद्दू/ भोपला), Coconut (नारियल)

Cuisine : Karnataka

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Kai Kumbala Kari

Kai Kumbala Kari Recipe Card


Karnataka cuisine comprises of many vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are full of flavour and taste. It is one of the oldest surviving cuisines and its origins can be traced back to the Iron Age. 
The varieties in Karnataka cuisine have influenced the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. The cuisine also reflects influences from these four neighbouring states on its food habits. 
Being a coastal state, coconut is grown in abundance. Needless to say coconut in its various forms like oil, milk, fresh and dried coconut is put to excellent use in its cuisine.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kai Kumbala Kari Recipe

  • Red pumpkin (bhopla/kaddu) 1/2 kilogram

  • Coconut scraped 1/4

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon

  • Dried red chillies 1-2

  • Garlic crushed 3-4 cloves

  • For masala

  • Turmeric powder 1/2

  • Green chillies 1-2 teaspoon

  • Jaggery (gur),grated 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Grind the masala ingredients to a smooth paste and set aside.

Step 2

Cut pumpkin into one inch pieces with skin. Boil one and half cup of water in a non stick pan and add turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and pumpkin pieces. Cook on medium heat until the pumpkin pieces are tender. Mix the ground paste and bring to a boil.

Step 3

Heat oil in a separate non stick pan and add mustard seeds. As they splutter, add red chillies and garlic. Sauté till golden brown and add it to the cooked pumpkin. Stir and serve hot.

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