How to make Pumpkin Paal Kootu -

white pumpkin cooked in creamy urad dal gravy

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : White Pumpkin (सफेद कद्दू ), Milk (दूध)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Pumpkin Paal Kootu

Pumpkin Paal Kootu Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Pumpkin Paal Kootu Recipe

  • White Pumpkin seeded and cubed 500 grams

  • Milk 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Rice flour mixed with 2 tablespoon water 2 tablespoons

  • Green chilli slit 4

  • Sugar 2 teaspoon

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Boil the milk with half cup water in a deep non-stick pan. Mix well. Add the pumpkin, salt and curry leaves.

Step 2

Stir to mix and cook for five minutes or till the pumpkin is cooked.

Step 3

Add the rice flour, green chillies and sugar. Stir to mix. Cover and cook till it thickens.

Step 4

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add the mustard seeds and black gram and sauté till fragrant.

Step 5

Add the tempering to the pumpkin mixture.

Step 6

Stir to mix. Cover and cook for five to seven minutes. Serve hot.

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