Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pumpkin sweet Curry/Parangikkai Inippu curry

                                                                     Parangikkai or Pumpkin is one vegetable that is used a lot during pongal time.We make the kuzhambu with other vegetables along with lots of pumpkin and we also make sweet pumpkin curry only on Pongal day.I remeber this small tamil poem about pumpkin while I was making this curry.I am not sure if the words are accurate, correct me if i am wrong !!!!!
 பரங்கிக்காயை நறுக்கி 
பட்டையெல்லாம் சீவி
துண்டு துண்டாய்  நறுக்கி 
உப்பு காரம் போட்டு 
இன்பமாக உண்போம் 
இன்னும்கொஞ்சம் கேப்போம் 
The recipe itself is given in the small poem.Make this yummy curry and enjoy your Pongal!!!Wish you all a very Happy Pongal!!!!

You will Need

  • 200gms of Red Pumpkin
  • A pinch of Turmeric powder
  • One tsp Oil
  • One tsp Mustard seeds
  • One tsp Urad dal
  • 3-4 Torn Red chillies
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • Few Curry Leaves
How to
1.Wash,peel the skin and cut the pumpkin in to blocks.Boil them with salt and turmeric powder.
 2.Boil until soft or mushy.
 3.Pour the boiled pumpkin in a strainer.Heat a pan with oil crackle mustard seeds,add urad dal and let it brown slightly add red chillies,curry leaves and asafoetida.
 4.Add boiled pumpkin, toss it once and add powdered jaggery and heat until it dissolves.check for salt if required add more.
 5.Once the jaggery melts and combines with the curry add scraped coconut and toss.
Enjoy the special sweet curry made on pongal day!!!!

Notes
  • This curry is made specially only on Pongal days!
  • Do not use tender pumpkin for this curry.
  • The pumpkin will itself be sweet sometimes so check on the jaggery you add.

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