Friday, August 22, 2014

KUMBALANGA PULINCURRY / Ash gourd in Tangy coconut gravy

Pulincurry / Pulingary is an Authentic Kerala Vegetarian recipe which is prepared with seasonal vegetables like Kumbalanga (Winter Melon) / Vellarikka (Golden Cucumber) / Chakkakkuru ( Jackfruit seed ) / Mahanga (Pumpkin) / Muringa (Drumstick) / Vazhuthananga (Brinjal) in a tangy coconut gravy.

Kumbalanga Pulincurry / Ash Gourd Curry / Ilavan Pulikari
Kumbalanga Pulincurry / Ilavan Pulincurry / Kumbalanga Curry / Kumbalanga Parippu Curry
Cooking time : 30min
Serves : 4

Ingredients :

Ash Gourd (Kumbalanga / Ilavan) : 250g / 2cups, cubed
Onion : 1/2, finely chopped / 3 small shallots
Ginger : 1/2inch piece finely chopped
Green chilly : 2, sliced
Garlic : 2cloves ,chopped
Toor Daal (thuvara parippu) : 1/2cup(See Notes)
Coconut milk : 1/4cup(optional) (See Notes)
Tamarind Pulp : 1tsp or extract from a small tamarind ball
Turmeric powder : 1/4tsp
Chilly powder : 1/2tsp
Dried red chillies : 2
Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves : 1 spring

Directions :

1. Transfer washed Dal to a Pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, chilly powder, onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies and salt. cook with enough water for one whistle. 

2. When the pressure releases open the lid and add ilavan /kumbanlanga / Ash Gourd and cook till its done. (Note : Ilavan / Kumbalanga / Ash Gourd takes less than 5minutes to cook. So do not over cook it)

Kumbalanga Pulincurry / Ash Gourd Curry / Ilavan Pulikari
3. Now add the tamarind Extract and coconut milk and cook for few more minutes. Adjust the salt.

4. Heat oil in a tadka pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add red chillies followed by curry leaves. Add this to Kumbalanga / Ilavan / Ash Gourd Pulincurry.

5. Authentic Kerala Ilavan / Kumbalanga / Ash Gourd Pulincurry is ready. serve hot with Rose matta rice.

Notes (Variations to this curry) : 
1. You can omit dal in this curry and make pulincurry with ilavan / Kumbalanga / Ash Gourd Alone
2. As i use maggy coconut milk powder to make coconut milk, i used the thick coconut milk in this recipe. if you are making homemade coconut milk, add second and third while boiing ilavan / kumbalanga and the thick coconut milk along with tamarind extract.
3. You can grind fresh coconut along with 1/2tsp cumin add in the pulincurry instead of using coconut milk.
4. Instead of Ash Gourd / Kumbalanga , You can use vellarikka / pappaya / pumpkin / Jackfruit to make a pulincurry.

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