Parangi Kai (Yellow pumpkin) poriyal

Parangikai poriyal is a traditional South Indian dish made with parangikai, also known as yellow pumpkin or winter melon, along with a few other ingredients. It is a simple and healthy side dish that is often served with rice and sambar or rasam. Try to use tender pumpkin when possible as it provides a better taste.

Parangi Kai (Yellow pumpkin) poriyal

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: PoriyalCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Learn how to make a delicious yellow pumpkin curry with this simple recipe. With tender pumpkin, grated coconut, and spices, it’s a flavorful dish to enjoy.


  • 1 big piece yellow pumpkin

  • 1 tablespoon grated coconut

  • 1 teaspoon oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Urad dhal

  • 2 Red chillies

  • A pinch of asafoetida powder

  • Few curry leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt or as per taste


  • Peel the pumpkin, remove its seeds, and chop it into small pieces.
  • Heat one teaspoon of oil in a kadai over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. Wait for the mustard seeds to pop before adding urad dal, asafetida powder, split red chillies, and curry leaves.
  • Stir in the pumpkin pieces and season with salt. Lightly sprinkle some water over the mixture. Cover the kadai with a lid and let the pumpkin cook until it’s soft and the added water has evaporated, leaving the curry mostly dry.
  • Finally, stir in the grated coconut, mixing it well with the cooked pumpkin.
  • Serve the pumpkin stir-fry warm as a delightful side dish.

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  1. Jennifer

    Kamala,Hi I have a doubt. What is meant by poriyal? Is it a method of cooking? The other poriyal you posted seemed somewhat like sambar. Thanks for helping me understand.

  2. Hi Jennifer. Poriyal is a tamil word for Dry Curries. I think, the other dish you are referring is “Vegetable Kootu”. Kootu is a semi liquid dish and look like sambar. If you let me know which one you are referring, I will reply.


  3. Kamala,
    HI I am in India now and had a hand at making this. But it did not come out as I would have liked and as I remember having had tasted in the past… I guess I have some experience to gain!!! When I get back (to US) will try to follow up on my questions on Tamil cooking!!

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