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Poosanikai Kootu Recipe | White Pumpkin Kootu Recipe
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Poosanikai Kootu Recipe | White Pumpkin Kootu Recipe

Poosanikai kootu, a delicious thick stew made with white pumpkin, coconut-spice paste, cooked moong dal along with simple coconut oil based tempering. This Kootu is served as an accompaniment for any South Indian Main Courses like Sambar, Rasam or any Kuzhambu variety.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Kootu Varieties
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Brahmin, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Mixer Grinder
  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


  • 300 gms Ashgourd (White Pumpkin)
  • ¼ cup Moong dal
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt As Needed

For Grinding

  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 3 Red Chili
  • 2 tsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Oil

For Tempering

  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp Split Urad Dal
  • Few Curry leaves


Cooking Dal

  • Take moong dal in a vessel. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or till dal is cooked nicely and mushy

Prepare Grinding Ingredients

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add bengal gram, coriander seeds, red chili and fry till the dal turns light brown
  • Take the fried ingredients to the mixer jar
  • In the same pan, add grated coconut and fry the coconut till light brown. Also add curry leaves and pinch of asafoetida while frying
  • Add the fried coconut also to the mixer jar.

Grinding Process

  • Grind everything to a smooth paste

Tempering Process

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add split urad dal and fry till dal turns light brown. Add few curry leaves and mix

Cooking Pumpkin

  • Add the chopped pumpkin to the pan along with a pinch of turmeric. Cover and cook till the pumpkin till soft

Finishing kootu

  • Once the pumpkin is cooked, add the coooked dal, ground spice-mix, salt and stir well
  • Bring it to boil and switch off the flame

Serving Time

  • Delicious White Pumpkin kootu is now ready!



Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g