Monday, May 18, 2015

White pumpkin curd curry (Thadiyangai thayir pachadi) / Ash gourd curd curry

White pumpkin curd curry
White pumpkin curd curry

Ash gourd / white pumpkin (Winter melon / white gourd) is commonly known as vella poosanikai or thadiyangai in tamil. It has plenty of health benefits, listing few here:

  • beneficial for diabetic patients and obese persons
  • eliminates constipation and soothes the gastrointestinal tract
  • helps in reducing acidity

This dish can be served as a side dish for white rice with tamarind based gravy (like puli kuzhambu, thatta payaru kuzhambu, Kathrikai pulikari , Milagu thokku etc.,) . It can also be served as side dish for parathas. This dish is very popular in southern side of Tamil Nadu, you can find in most of the marriage occasions. This is commonly named as "Thadiyangai thayir pachadi". This white gourd recipe is very easy and quick to make. Tastes great.

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Ingredients (serves for 2)

White pumpkin (grated) - 1 1/2 cup (1 cup size = 150 ml) (You can also cut pumpkin into small pieces and use it instead of grating )
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
oil - 2 tsp
salt - as needed
coconut pieces - 1/4 cup
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
green chili - 2 -3 nos
curd - 2 tablespoon
curry leaves - few
coriander leaves - for ganishing


  • grind coconut pieces, cumin seeds and green chili to a fine paste
  • heat a vessel with oil and add mustard seeds, curry leaves
  • once it splutters, add the grated white pumpkin
  • cook it for 4 - 5 mins and then add grounded coconut paste
  • add salt and cook till the raw smell goes off
  • once the raw smell is gone, switch off the flame and let it cool down
  • once cooled, add two tablespoons of curd. Mix well and garnish it with coriander leaves. 
  • Serve as a side dish for any tamarind based gravy with hot white rice. 

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