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Onam Special - Ash Gourd Pulissery

Recipe for Ash gourd pulissery - Onam Sadya recipe | Moru Curry | White pumpkin and yogurt curry - Pulissery is a stew made using yogurt and spice-coconut paste, and a part of the Onam Sadya menu.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine south indian
Servings 3 servings


  • 250 grams ash gourd winter melon diced /
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1.5 cups yogurt sour

to grind to a paste

  • 1/2 cup coconut grated
  • 3 - 4 green chillies
  • 1.5 tsps cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp rice flour

for tempering

  • 2 tsps coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 - 3 chillies dried red
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds


  • In a pan, bring 2 cups water to a boil with turmeric and salt. Add diced ash gourd pieces to this and boil for 8-10 minutes until they are tender. Do not overcook this, the gourd pieces must retain their shape.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixer jar, grind the chilli, coconut, cumin, rice flour to a fine paste using 3-4 tbsp water. Remove this into a bowl and whisk in the yogurt to get a smooth mixture.
  • Add this mixture to the cooked ash gourd and bring to a simmer over a low flame.
  • Do not bring this to a vigorous boil.
  • Heat the oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add the curry leaves, fenugreek seeds and red chillies. Once the fenugreek turns golden brown, transfer this tempering over the pulissery.


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