I love pumpkins but love the baby pumpkins (the skin would still be a dark green) more because of the soft texture and the sweetness. When my neighbour S told about this sweet kootu I wanted to try immediately but the vegetable markets always sell the big orange skinned pumpkins. In Tamil, the baby pumpkin is called “Parangi kottai”.
Check this post for baby pumpkin pics.
I waited and found a nice green cute pumpkin and tried this recipe. I loved it but actually could not match it with any dish because of its sweetness. I had it as it is but my friend said it would go well with a spicy adai.
Pranagi kottai paal kootu
Baby pumpkin (the skin should be dark green) (skinned, center soft part with seeds removed and chopped to bite size pieces) – 2 Cups
Coconut milk (thick, first milk) – 1 Cup
Sugar / Jaggery (I had used sugar but Jaggery would be more authentic) – 1/2 Cup
To season :
Ghee – 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds – 1 pinch
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Dry red chilly – 1 (broken)
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
How to cook ?
In a thick bottomed vessel add the chopped pumpkin and 1/4 Cup of water. Cover and cook in low flame until fork tender. Add the Coconut milk and sugar or jaggery and stir well. Add a pinch of salt now. Keep the flame low and let it start simmering. Meanwhile in another small kadai add the ghee and when its hot add all the other ingredients under seasoning. When the seeds start spluttering add it to the simmering gravy. Mix well and switch off the stove. The gravy is ready. You can have it with rotis or as it is. A spicy adai also would go well with this.