Tuesday, February 17, 2009

PUMPKIN – CHICKPEA PORICHA KUZHAMBU


This poricha kuzhambu is a famous dish in Tamilnadu & especially among Tamil Brahmin’s. This is my mom’s signature dish and whenever I visit my mom’s place, this has always been the one among my list that I ask for her to prepare.

We can also substitute mochai in place of chickpea. The common veggies used for poricha kuzhambu are pumpkin, brinjal, bitterguard, and drumstick. I have also added greens stem (keerai thandu) to make it in more healthier.


INGREDIENTS:

Pumpkin – 250 g

Chickpea/White channa – 1 cup

Greens stem – 1 cup (cut in 1 inch long strips)

Tomato – 1 medium size

Tamarind – 1 lemon size (juice to be extracted)

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – To taste

TO GRIND:

Asafoetida – a small piece

Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp

Red chilies – 8 (adjust according to your spiciness level)

Fenugreek – 1/4 tsp

Urad dal – 4 tsp

Grated coconut – 3 tsp (add more if you are a coconut lover)

Sambar powder – 1 tsp

METHOD:

· Wash and soak chickpea overnight and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

· Extract the juice from tamarind and keep aside.

· Fry the ingredients given in the list “To grind” in little oil, lastly add the coconut while frying, remove from heat, and allow it to cool. Add sambar powder to this and grind to a smooth paste.

· Heat oil in kadai, add mustards and once they start to splutter, add curry leaves.

· Then add the pumpkin, tomato, and greens stem one by one. Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Let them get cooked in oil for sometime, say for about 3 minutes.

· Now, add the tamarind extract. Mix well and allow it to boil.

· When the veggies are half cooked, add the chickpea.

· Once the veggies are fully cooked, add the ground paste, mix well. Make sure no lumps are formed while adding the ground paste.

· Allow it to boil until the oil separates from the kuzhambu. Serve with hot steamed rice. I love to have this with dal rice (paruppu sadham).

This is on the way to FIC - Orange hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen started by Harini.

29 comments:

KParthasarathi said...

Poricha kozhambu is my favourite.There is a slight difference in your recipe.Seems enticing.Will try it out at the earliest time.Thanks.

Deepa Hari said...

Nice combo....kuzhambu looks lovely.

Usha said...

Looks delicious, perfect with rice!

Trupti said...

looks delicious

meeso said...

Sounds good, has some of my favorites, like pumpkin and chickpea's!

Viki Xavier. said...

This is a fascinating kulambu dear. Look at that color and keerai thandu wow..yummy.

Uma said...

looks so mouth-watering and tempting. Nice entry.

Adlak's tiny world said...

This is my favrt too.. my mom also makes this more tastier than me.. i love to have this from my mom's hand.. They are always gr8 in all things.

U have tempted me i have to change my todays menu.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Looks Wonderful Sri!..Yummy Yum!

jeyashrisuresh said...

we too will make white pumpkin and chick pea kulambhu.but yours is entirely diferent.Healthy one.will try u version.And whatever amma makes i bet, it cannot compete with anything.Now when my daughter tells my mom"pattti will make this dish better than u",my mom will laugh at me.ha ha ha

Purva Desai said...

Thanks for dropping by.....this is a unique combo....looks delicious

srikars kitchen said...

Looks delicious.. & really fantastic..poricha kuzhambu is my fav.Nice entry..
Thxs for visiting my blog & ur comment..

Madhumathi said...

Poricha kulambu is my fav too.Never tried with pumpkin..Yours looks delicious

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Sri... curd semiya oru tiffin mathiri..sometimes dinner ku sapiduvom....kids love this..and thotuke..pickle nalla irukum..

AnuSriram said...

Wow... thats a nice colour..Looks lovely! I have something for u in my blog.. Pls accept!

DEESHA said...

nice recipe dear .. & thanks soo much for trying tava pulao .. Am glad that yu liked it

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

super sambar.. kalaku po.. tasty tasty a panra daily..

sowmya said...

sounds good..will make it soon

Priya said...

Thats a lovely combination Sri...chickpeas n pumpkin comba yet to try:)

Jaishree said...

Poricha kozhambu ismyfavourite.looks lovely and tempting. Nice entry.

Malar Gandhi said...

Poricha Kuzhambu is my mommy's speciality too. She makes it really amazing. Yours looks perfect, bet it was aromatic!:)

Preety said...

what a unique combination..looks good

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Thanks for adding my blog!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Thanks for adding my blog Sri!

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

will make this recipe in the style mentioned by you soon.

Yasmeen said...

Bowl full of goodness,love the veggie-rich kuzhambu:)

Aparna said...

This variation of poritcha kuzhambu is new to me. Looks good.
Thanks for participating in FIC Orange.

Suganya said...

That looks delicious. Your recipe is slightly different than mine. But I like that its a li'l bit of sambar too. Good thing I have everything required on hand.

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow! ...1st here ...lovely blog will surely come and see all the posts ..Thanks :)