Vellai Poosanikai Kootu (White Pumpkun Gravy)


During our childhood days, both myself and sis were not big fans of kootu (for no reasons:-)) so Amma won’t prepare kootu frequently. On the contradictory hubby loves kootu, and even if I repeat kootu twice a week he will happily eat. Now a days I have one more kootu lover in home – my Little hero.

There are lot of variations for kootu with many lentils, different grinding methods etc. This is one way of preapring it with channa dal.

Checkout my other recipes with White Pumpkin,

Kasi Halwa

Udipi Sambar


White Pumpkin/ Ash guard – 1 medium size, peeled and cubed

Channa dal/ Kadalai Paruppu –  1/3 cup

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

Salt – as needed

To grind:

Grated Coconut (Fresh/Frozen) – 3 tbsp

Green chillies – 1

Cumin Seed – 1/2 tsp

To Temper:

Coconut Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard – 1/4 tsp

Asofetida – generous pinch

Curry leaves – few


  • Pressure cook dal and white pumpkin for 1 whistle.


  • Grind coconut, green chilli and cumin seeds into a fine paste with little water
  • Add oil to the pan, when the oil is hot add the ingredients under “To temper” and let it splutter
  • Add cooked dal and pumpkin to the same pan. Add the ground coconut paste, salt and turmeric powder; mix well


  • Cook for 3 -5 minutes and switch off. Serve it with rice


My Notes:

  • Toor dal can be used instead of Channa dal or combination of both dals can also be used
  • Coconut oil gives nice flavour to the kootu. You can use any oil instead


27 thoughts on “Vellai Poosanikai Kootu (White Pumpkun Gravy)

  1. The cairs antique April 9, 2015 at 1:51 AM Reply

    like bubur kacang ijo food from indonesian 🙂

  2. Charanya April 4, 2015 at 12:22 AM Reply

    I love kootu. My mum makes the best Chayote kootu, she says the secret is channa dal + mung dal combo and a super secret ingredient. Let me email you the recipe. If you have a kootu-loving person at home, you gotta try that 🙂

  3. sarithakumbakkara April 2, 2015 at 2:01 AM Reply

    I get inspired to cook more of veggies every time i visit ur blog Vidya. This dish looks healthy and delicious!

  4. coconutcraze April 1, 2015 at 12:44 PM Reply

    What a coincidence…I cooked ash gourd almost at the same time!

  5. Joanne T Ferguson April 1, 2015 at 2:05 AM Reply

    Looks very healthy and delicious!

  6. Francesca Trucco April 1, 2015 at 1:35 AM Reply

    What an interesting combination, thanks

  7. Chitra Jagadish April 1, 2015 at 1:00 AM Reply

    Could imagine how tasty kootu would have been with white pumpkin- looks appetizing

  8. srividhya April 1, 2015 at 12:40 AM Reply

    Authentic kootu. Very nicr

  9. Malathi March 31, 2015 at 11:41 PM Reply

    Simple and easy recipe…

  10. swathi March 31, 2015 at 10:01 PM Reply

    Delicious Curry I love it,amma makes it more often. your post makes me nostalgic.

  11. Malar March 31, 2015 at 8:30 PM Reply

    All time favorite Vidya!!! looks so tempting 🙂

  12. arnedehn March 31, 2015 at 8:07 PM Reply

    Looks so good !

  13. veenashankar March 31, 2015 at 7:30 PM Reply

    Love this combo.. I don’t add coconut if I want to do it for my diet… But love both versions

  14. Aruna Panangipally March 31, 2015 at 6:46 PM Reply

    One of my absolute favourites. 🙂

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