kumbalakai palya recipe | pumpkin stir fry recipe | seasoned pumpkin

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kumbalakai Palya

kumbalakai palya recipe | pumpkin stir fry recipe | seasoned pumpkin recipe with step by step photo recipe. kumbalakai palya is one of the most popular stir fry / palya from udupi – mangalore region. kumbalakai is also called as kumblakai / ash gourd / winter melon in english.

there is a popular saying in kannadakumbalakai kalla andre, hegalu mutti nodikonda“. which means, a thief who has stolen a pumpkin, will be afraid and double-check himself if he has left any clues (ash marks), when pumpkin is mentioned. pumpkin is used to prepare chutney, sambar and tambuli. i have already shared kumbalakai sambar. will soon share how to prepare tambuli from seeds and chutney from its skin.

kumbalakai palya

ash gourd has many benefits and many names like white gourd, white pumpkin, boodina kumbalakai, winter melon, wax gourd, pooshnikai, safed kaddu, kumbalakai etc. it is believed that ash gourd is a fruit but always consumed as a vegetable, since it is cooked with spices to prepare sambar, stir fry and chutneys.

if you are looking for more palya recipe then check out aloo bhaji,  tindora cashew nut sabzi, bhindi fry, gulla palyamolake hesaru kaalu palya and suvarnagadde palya. you may also like beetroot saasmibatani gasigulla bolu koddel and drumstick sambar.

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kumbalakai palya recipe | pumpkin stir fry recipe | seasoned pumpkin
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: south indian
Serves: 3 Servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ medium sized kumbalakai / ash gourd / winter melon
  • 1 green chilli
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup grated / desiccated / shredded coconut
  • few coriander leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste
for tempering:
  • 3-4 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp channa dal
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • a pinch of asafoetida / hing
  • few curry leaves
Instructions ( 1 cup =255 ml)
  1. chop the kumbalakai / ash gourd / winter melon into small cubes separating seeds and skin. also finely chopped chilli and coriander leaves. keep it aside.
  2. in a large kadai, heat oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal, red chilli and hing.
  3. when it starts to splutter, add green chilies and curry leaves. saute for 30 sec.
  4. then add chopped kumbalakai (ash gourd or winter melon).
  5. also add turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  6. now add ½ cup of water.
  7. season with some salt to taste.
  8. cover with the lid and cook for 5 minutes in low flame. stir in between so that kumblakai cooks uniformly.
  9. once they are cooked add fresh/desiccated/shredded coconut and give a good mix.
  10. finally add some coriander leaves and serve.
  11. serve kumbalakai palya with chapathi or steamed rice and sambar.

kumbalakai palya recipe | seasoned pumpkin recipe | pumpkin stir fry step by step photo recipe:

  1. chop the kumbalakai / ash gourd / winter melon into small cubes separating seeds and skin. also finely chopped chilli and coriander leaves. keep it aside.kumbalakai palya
  2. in a large kadai, heat oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, channa dal, red chilli and hing.
    kumbalakai palya
  3.  when it starts to splutter, add green chilies and curry leaves. saute for 30 sec.kumbalakai palya
  4. then add chopped kumbalakai (ash gourd or winter melon).seasoned pumpkin
  5. also add turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
    seasoned pumpkin
  6. now add ½ cup of water.
    pumpkin stir fry
  7. season with some salt to taste.
    pumpkin stir fry
  8. cover with the lid and cook for 5 minutes in low flame. stir in between so that kumblakai cooks uniformly.pumpkin stir fry
  9. once they are cooked add fresh/desiccated/shredded coconut and give a good mix.
    kumbalakai palya
  10. finally add some coriander leaves and serve.
    kumbalakai palya
  11. serve kumbalakai palya with chapathi or steamed rice and sambar.
    kumbalakai palya

notes:

  • do not over cook kumblakai. make sure kumbalakais are soft, juicy and yet retain their shape.
  • you can also add sambar powder for variation.
  • kumbalakai doesn’t take much time to cook. so keep an eye over it.
  • do not add more water as this is stir fry, it should be dry.


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Hebbar's Kitchen is all about Indian veg recipes. This blog is managed by me Archana and my husband, Sudarshan. I try to post my recipes with simple & easily available ingredients from kitchen. These posts are usually supported by short videos and photo recipes. Learn interesting recipes and share your feedback, as your feedback means a lot to me.

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