Thursday, August 2, 2012

Poosanikkaai Puli Karaisal (Pumpkin Tamarind Curry)

Pumpkin is a very common vegetable used in India, especially in south India. It has a unique taste. Number of recipes can be made with this and most of us make kootu with this pumpkin. This curry tastes tangy and goes very well with white rice. The ground powder we add in this curry gives a great flavor and tastes delicious.


Yellow pumpkin - 1 cup (peel the skin and cut to small pieces)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Tomato - 2 (chopped)
Tamarind - small lemon size (soak in hot water for 15 mins and take the juice, about 2 cups)
Garlic pods - 3 or 4
Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Jaggery - one small piece
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp

For grinding:
Red chilli - 4 or 5
Dhania/Corriander seeds - 2 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/4 tsp


1) First to make the ground powder, heat a pan, add oil. Add all ingredients for grinding. Roast it very well. Once roasted, let it cool and make find powder of it. Keep aside.

2) Now heat a pan, add oil. Add fenugreek and fennel seeds. Also add the urad dal. Then add chopped onion and gralic pods.

3) Saute it until translucent and add tomoatoes and curry leaves.

4) Saute it very well and add the cut pumpkin.

5) Mix well and add the tamarind juice and salt. Let it boil.

6) Once it boils, add the ground powder.

7) Fianlly add the jaggery and let it boil for 2 o 3 mins.

Delicious and tasty pumpkin tamarind curry is ready now.

Serve it with hot white rice and you will love it.


  1. Hi Kavi,

    Pumpkin tamarind Looks Excellent !!

    Perfect presentation:)

    Keep on Dear..

  2. tempting click...step by step is very helpful..

  3. Absolutely delicious with steamed rice..haven't tried this way,will try next time:-)

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  4. I too make this, but no curry pow, looks delicious, perfect with plain rice

  5. Adding curry powder to new to me.Sounds yummy n tangy..Will try this soon:)

  6. my mom makes this often-looks well done

  7. Sounds good....on my to do list. Thanks for the post.

  8. Husband not too fond of pumpkin...I am sure this had got tanginess from the tamarind,will love to have this with rice

  9. Yummy AND tasty

  10. I like any pulikulambu.. I normally do it one day before.. Adding Poosanikkaai is new to me

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