Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Poriyal (Stir Fry)

Servings: 2 people
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
Time: 20 minutes
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Simple ingredients but high on flavor. The sweet and spicy Pumpkin Poriyal or Parangikai Poriyal is a traditional stir fry recipe from Southern India that is ready in minutes.


  • 2 cups diced pumpkin (approx. 300 gms)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (sarson)
  • 1 tsp chana dal (split chickpea)
  • 1 tsp urad dal (split black gram)
  • 2-3 whole red chillies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut


  • To begin, dice the pumpkin into bite-sized pieces and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add in mustard seeds (sarson), chana dal (split chickpea), and urad dal (split black gram).
  • Add whole red chillies broken into two, curry leaves, and asafoetida (hing). Saute until the dals begin to colorize.
  • Add in the chopped onions and green chillies. Saute until the onions are translucent.
  • Now add in the diced pumpkin with the salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  • Add a bit of water, cover with a lid, and cook until the pumpkin is done and the liquid dries up.
  • Finally, add the sugar and the grated coconut. Mix well.
  • The Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Poriyal is ready to serve. Garnish with grated coconut. Serve hot with rice.


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