Feb 4, 2013

Poosanikai Kootu Kari / Pumpkin & Cowpeas Curry / Pumpkin & Cowpeas Cooked in Spicy Coconut Sauce

Hope everyone is enjoying a warm monday. I am still in my mum's place. Hubby will be returning tomorrow, i am so excited to see him back. I will start cooking and i should get back to my routine life.

Todays recipe is gonna be a yummy pumpkin curry. Before that i have to tell you this little secret of mine. When i was little, pumpkin is a hated veggie of mine. I never used to touch it, i dont know why. But i hated it a lot. After being a food blogger and got married, i started cooking and consuming a lot of it. I am realizing the real taste of pumpkin right now. Now it has become one of my favorite veggie and i cooking once a week with it.

I made this a week back, everyone loved it a lot. It has a intense coconut flavour from the coconut and coconut oil which you add which really makes this dish. I added cowpeas in this, but amma told that she will add split channa dal in it. I have to try that too soon.

The sweetness of the pumpkin gets balanced with the spicyness of the coconut masala which taste so yum. We had it with pulikulambu and a fried samosa and loved the meal.

Soaking Time : 8 hours or overnight for cowpeas
Preparation Time : 20 mins (Cooking cowpeas)
Cooking Time : 30 - 35 mins
Serves - 4 to 5


Pumpkin - 4 cup cubed

Cowpeas/Vanpayar/Thatta Payir/Karamani/PerumPayir - 1 cup
Green Chilli - 1 slit
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
Coconut - 1 cup grated
Dry Red Chillies - 5
Turmeric Powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Garlic - 4 cloves
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tblspn

For Seasoning:
Coconut Oil - 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku -  1tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp


Wash and soak cowpeas overnight. Take cowpeas in a pressure cooker and cover with water. Pressure cook it for 3 whistle and simmer for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let the steam go all by itself. Now cow peas are done.

Take all the ingredients given for grinding in a mixer and add some water to it and make into smooth paste. Set this aside till use.

Take pumpkin, green chilli and salt in a kadai. Cover with water and bring it to a boil. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 10 mins till the pumpkin is half cooked.

When the pumpkin is half cooked, add the cooked cowpeas and mix well. Simmer for 5 more mins.

Now add in the grinded coconut masala and mix well.

Let this cook for 10 mins till it gets thick.

Now make the seasoning. Heat oil in a small pan. Add all the seasoning ingredients once the oil is hot. Let this sizzle for few mins.

Pour this over the curry and mix well.

Serve with rice and curry.


Start by grinding your masala
Take everything in a blender
Make into a smooth paste
Now time to cook..
Take pumpkin in a kadai
pour water in
Add  some green chillies to this
sprinkle some salt
cover and cook
till pumpkin is cooked
now add in cooked cowpeas in
and mix well
add the coconut masala in
mix well
Cook for few more mins
till it gets thick
make seasoning by heating oil
add the seasoning spices
pour that in
mix well


  1. my mom makes this and we really love it... thanks for sharing this lovely recipe... :)

  2. Tempting kootu. I usually remove the skin of the pumpkin.

  3. hello! I loved this recipe, it must be so tastefull!


  4. Delicious and mouthwatering curry. Wonderfully prepared.

  5. Yay, cowpeas! It's funny you should post it today, because only yesterday I ordered two big bags of cowpeas and toor dal to be delivered to our local shop. Now I can cook (almost) everything from your blog :)

  6. So yummy and tempting kootu.. Very comforting

  7. looks so yummy Aarthi....thanks for sharing.

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