Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sweet Tender Pumpkin in Coconut Sauce(Parangikottai Paal Kootu)

Think Pumpkin people think the ripe orange color, but the young tender pumpkin is green in color with very tender seeds. I don't know how many of you have used it in your cooking, I rarely find that kind of young tenders ones in the grocery stores or farmers market here. This dish was made almost year and half before when my parents visited us. I love this young tender pumpkin and my sister who was in the west coast at that time, packed off couple of them from the farmers market there. The tender pumpkins have slight green color skin and the skin is also pretty edible because they are not thick like the yellow ones. A very simple dish made by adding jaggery(panela) & coconut, this dish absolutely tastes divine. So if you happen to see the young green pumpkin next time, do pick them up and try it out and let me know how you liked it. You can also do this with the yellow pumpkin if doing so, adjust the quantity of jaggery.



Preparation Time - 10 Minutes

Cooking Time - 15 Minutes

Serves - 4



Ingredients



Chopped Pumpkin pieces - 4 Cups

Powdered Jaggery(Panela) - 1/3 Cup or according to your sweet tooth

Grated coconut - 1/2 Cup

Rice flour - 1 Tsp

Salt - 1/4 Tsp

Ghee(clarified butter) - 1 Tsp



Method



1) Boil the chopped pumpkin pieces adding little bit of water and salt. Stir in between to cook evenly and add more water if required.



2) Grind the coconut and rice flour adding little bit of water into a fine paste and add this to boiled pumpkin pieces and simmer on low heat for around 5 minutes.



3) Now add the jaggery and simmer for 3-5 minutes till it completely dissolves and add the clarified butter and serve.



Note - Even though this is called paal kootu(paal meaning milk in my language) this version which we do in our house hold just uses coconut and no milk is involved.





Sending this to Halloween fiesta hosted by Vardhini of Vardhini's Kitchen.



Now to the answer of my previous post riddle, who carved the pumpkin. Check out the following pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed this carving and had to hide and click these photos.

































22 comments:

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Luks Yumm and Super delicious .Luv it

Charles said...

Yummy - looks a bit like a mix between oatmeal and rice pudding... but more luxurious and tasty sounding. I need to look up "jaggery"... never heard of it actually!

Those pictures of the squirrel... so adorable! I thought maybe it was a naughty dog or something. So cute, little guy with his whole head stuck inside grabbing seeds!

Nandini said...

Wow! That's so sweet! The dish must be tasty! Cute pictures as well...

Raji said...

Wow..this is a very new kind of kootu..really love the flavours in there.
Lovely picture of squirrel..so naughty and cute.

Reva said...

Pumpkin kootu looks super comforting..:) I think the tender pumpkin makes all the difference..:)
The squirrel looks so cute..:)
Reva

Archana said...

Cute pic of the squirrel. Thanks for sharing it. As for the pumpkin sounds delicious.

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Sravs said...

Delicious combo !! quiet yummy flavors !!

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julie said...

delicious combo.. yummy n creamy gravy!!

Prathibha said...

looks delicious..lovely gravy

जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

जी ललचाये, बनाये बिना रहा ना जाये।

Priti said...

That's a wonderful recipe ...looks very delicious

Kaveri said...

Yummy kootu...I like the squirrel's carving

Priya said...

Super delicious dish, love it..wow squirrel's carving,looks wonderful..

Miriam said...

Delicious looking sauce!! Miriram@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

aipi said...

Perfect fall recipe ~ love the ingredients you used!
USMasala

Vidhya said...

Loved this sweet pumpkin preparation.It sounds so heart warming.Loved your pumpkin carver.Its indeed a wonderful shot.

Sobha Shyam said...

very delicious recipe, new to me, so I guessed it right abt the pumpkin carver..:)

Lavanya Selvaraj said...

Looks very creamy and delicious!

-Lavanya.
My recent Post: Mutton Kola Urundai

Shri said...

Fab pictures...:-) Never made this dish but it sounds and looks very yummy!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice recipe and cute pictures, thanks for sharing!

Priya Sreeram said...

that looks hearty, nice pics

divya said...

yummy n delicious ...

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