Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ash Gourd (Winter Melon) Curry

          Winter Melon or Ash Gourd or White Pumpkin is a vegetable widely used in Indian cooking and that too most commonly in yogurt and coconut based dishes, like moru kuzhambu ( buttermilk gravy). For a change I wanted to try out a curry with it and without the usual curd and coconut. Since this vegetable gives out a lot of water when cooked I had to add a ground paste of cashews and onion to get a thick curry. The end result was very satisfying,  the curry tasted great with rotis, also check out this moru kuzhambu with this vegetable..

Need To Have

  • Ash Gourd - 2 cups chopped
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 10 

To Grind

  • Onion - 1 small
  • Tomato - 1 medium
  • Cashews - 5


          Grind all the ingredients given under 'to grind' into a fine paste. Heat some oil, add the mustard and cumin seeds, when it starts spluttering add the asafoetida, the ground paste, turmeric and chilly powders. Keep sauteing till the raw smell disappears ( about 5 to 7 minutes), if it turns dry, sprinkle some water and saute.

          Now add the chopped ash gourd pieces and 1/2 cup water and salt, cover and cook till the vegetable is cooked. Remove the lid and allow the gravy to thicken. Finally add the curry leaves and remove, this goes very well with rotis, think it should also go well with pilafs too.

I had frozen the chopped ash gourd pieces.
Don't add too much water, otherwise the curry will be very watery.
Pusinikkai is the Tamil name for ash gourd.
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  1. Interesting curry with poosanikkai! Adding cashew will give a rich taste for sure! looks delicious!

  2. Ahh...Loved this delicious recipe!! Your click made it more tempting!!

  3. Drooling here :-) Super pics as always

  4. I have not made any curry out of pumpkin, its always kootu when I see white pumpkin. Looks colorful.

  5. Interesting ,goes well with otis

  6. Good looking dish and beautiful styling...

  7. I love to make this curry. My hubby loves winter melon a lot.

  8. Cute serving bowl !! Nice tasty curry !!

  9. Never tried Ash gourd to make curry... This is a perfect one... Bookmarked !

  10. I love this recipe! Stunning clicks :)

  11. This looks delicious! Perfect with any bread!

  12. That's a nice one Hema..would love to have some with rotis

  13. Ash Gourd is a very healthy vegetable, though we do not find much recipes with that. Your preparation looks luscious & the presentation is also very nice.

    Kindly visit my first recipe event @ "I love my Mom's Recipes"

  14. Es una delicia me gustarĂ­a probar me encanta el curry ...luce muy lindo,abrazos y abrazos

  15. So yummy looking curry I love it