Pumpkin stir fried with a spicy coconut mixture is a delicious side dish for rice. Pumpkin is a very versatile vegetable. It has a special place in Kerala cooking and we have lots of recipes with it. Every part is used,the flesh,outer skin,leaves and flowers .Thoran with mathanga/pumpkin is very quick and the only thing that you should be careful is that it should be soft but not overcooked. It is a comfort food and you will love it.
Pumpkin chopped into small cubes-3 cups
Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
Pearl onions- 5-6
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Garlic pods- 2
Chilly flakes- 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal- 1 tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Coconut oil- 1 tbs
salt to taste
Cut pumpkin into small size cubes and keep aside.
Blend coconut, a pinch of turmeric,cumin and garlic into a course mixture.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when they splutter add a pinch of cumin seeds,urad dal and saute till the urad dal changes color.
Next add curry leaves and the chilly flakes and saute for a few seconds.
Add sliced pearl onion and saute till it slightly changes color.
Next add the chopped pumpkin, salt and give it a good toss. Sprinkle a little of water cover and cook.
Check in between and sprinkle little more water if necessary and cook till it is soft and cooked but still retaining its shape.
Add in the crushed coconut mixture and stir fry for about two minutes till all the moisture evaporates and it is dry. Serve this with rice and moru curry,rasam or sambar.
Sending this to Kerala Kitchen at Ramya's Recipe
Hope you will all enjoy..