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Friday, May 20, 2011

Kumbalanga -Parippu Curry | Ash Gourd-Lentil Curry

Winter melon also called ash gourd or the white gourd.Winter melon usually prevalent in summers and a good source to replenish our water content of our body.This is a preparation of my MIL and I always cherished this recipe (one of my hubby's fav too).I think majority of us like the combo of dal rather than the plain one and this is one of the favorite combos after dal -spinach.Another beautiful way to make kids eat as well.Try & enjoy !!!

lentil 1/3 cup
winter melon 2 cups cube sized
garlic pods 3
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
tamarind 1 amla size or yogurt 1/2 cup

to grind
coconut 4tbsp or 1/2 cup grated
cumin seeds 1tsp
chilly powder 1 tsp
garlic cloves 3

for tempering
vattalmulakku / red dry chilli 3
mustard seeds 1 tsp
curry leaves
oil 2tsp

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  • Soak the lentil in water for 1 hour after washing. Put the winter melon and lentils together in a pressure cooker and cook for 1 whistle, adding chilly powder, garlic pods turmeric powder and salt.
OR just wash and add lentils to cooker. And pressure-cook for 3 whistles if not soaking. 
  • Peel the skin of winter melon and cut into cubes and keep aside.
  • Open the lid of the cooker after pressure is released. Add the ash gourd or kumbalanga pieces and pressure-cook again on high for 1 whistle.
  • In the meantime, grind the garlic pods, coconut, cumin seeds to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Add the ground paste to the cooked dal and ash gourd mix. Let this simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Simmer the heat and add the yogurt (after whisking) or add tamarind extract. Wait to thicken the curry consistency. Switch off flame
  • Place a non-stick pan or tadka pan and temper the dal using red chilly, mustard and curry leaves. Pour over the curry and leave covered till serving.

Servings 3 adults

- You can cook both lentil and winter melon separately, if you don't wish the winter melon to be cooked thoroughly.

Finally, I would like to thank for passing me this lovely award.

Wishing all a great weekend too!!!!


Sarah Naveen said... Best Blogger Tips

love this combo..looks so so yumm!!

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

like paruppu and veggie together..looks yum..

Kurinji said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely curry...

Raji said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice curry Julie..I make winter melong kootu this way without onions and garlic.

Sunanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks tempting.. it is very useful for me as I know limited dish made of ash gourd :)

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Binys Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

curry is tempting me to eat it with rice

aipi said... Best Blogger Tips

A very new combo ~ will give it a shot :)
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Vardhini said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely .. new to me. Dal and gourd .. yummy.


Shylaja said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious curry

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Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious combo...tempting curry

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious curry..will love to have with hot rice..Congrats on ur award!!

AMMU MOHAN said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice combo..tempting curry..congrats on your award..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

a wonderful kootu/dal!! congrats on your awards. very well deserved dear :)

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious and healthy....Mouthwatering recipe

Priya Sreeram said... Best Blogger Tips

lentils n melon do make for an awesome eat ! good one n congrats on ur award julie !!

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks beautiful. I love the flavor combinations.

saleena said... Best Blogger Tips

congrats on your award.Tempting and colourful

Reva said... Best Blogger Tips

truly warming and comforting dish:) Congrats on your award..

Nandinis food said... Best Blogger Tips

The curry is very palatable and great...So lovely!

Suparna said... Best Blogger Tips

very comforting dish ...perfect for a homely warm lunch :P

Prathima Shivraj said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice Combo, looks delicious.
Congarts for your award.

Jayanthy Kumaran said... Best Blogger Tips

I really have to try this...looks so tasty n healthy..

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Padhu Sankar said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yummy!

Umm Mymoonah said... Best Blogger Tips

Any dhal dish is our real comfort food, sounds and looks delicious.