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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Parangikai Kootu | Yellow Pumpkin Kootu

Parangikai Kootu | Yellow Pumpkin Kootu
Pumpkin is a low calorie vegetable and rich in vitamins and minerals. Yellow pumpkin is known as Parangikai in Tamil, Gummadikaya in Telugu, Kaddu in Hindi. Kootu is a simple healthy dish prepared with vegetable and dal. For this kootu,  I have used yellow split mung dal. We can replace yellow split mung dal with  toor dal or chana dal. I have prepared this kootu as a one pot meal using pressure cooker. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Yellow PumpKin Kootu | Parangikai Kootu.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins 
Ready In: 30 mins
Yields : 2 Servings
Parangikai Kootu

Yellow Pumpkin chopped 
1/2 Cup
Mung dal | Pasi paruppu 
1/4 Cup
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Red Chilly
Chana dal | Kadala paruppu 
1/2 tsp
Urad dal | Ulutham paruppu 
1/2 tsp
Onions chopped
1/4 cup
Ginger finely chopped
1 tsp
Tomato chopped
1/4 Cup
Turmeric  Powder
1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder
1 tsp
As needed
Coriander Leaves
For Garnishing


  • Wash and remove the outer skin, seeds of pumpkin.Cut it into small pieces. 

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  • Heat Oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard and allow it to splutter. Add cumin seeds, Curry leaves, red chilly, chana dal and Urad dal. Fry till chana dal turns golden color. Add onions and finely chopped ginger. Fry till onions turn translucent.

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  • Add tomatoes and fry till they turn mushy. Add finely chopped yellow pumpkin pieces and fry for a min.

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  • Add mung dal, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and enough water.

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  •  Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Yellow Pumpkin Kootu

Adjust red chillies and chilli powder to your taste.


  1. This looks totally interesting and healthy!! Thanks for sharing..

  2. Very healthy, comforting and delicious kootu dear...

  3. A very healthy kootu recipe. very well prepared.

  4. Beautiful combo. While I don't cook pumpkins very often, basically my other half fears the effects on his diabetes, I love the taste, what more with dhal, Its a delicious dish which I have to make when he is away.

  5. delicious kootu with pumpkin....love to eat it with ghee and hot rice....

  6. I like the combination.Adding moong dal sounds good.So simple preparation And can be done within few minutes.


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