Poosanikai Mor Curry - Refresh Your Meal Time!

Vellai Poosanikai Mor Kuzhambu:

Other Names: White Pumpkin in Curd based Curry. Ash Gourd in Yogurt's Curry. Winter Melon in Yogurt's Curry.

I have witnessed people using a whole head of white pumpkin to avoid an imaginary evil eye (Dhrishti / much like witchcraft) in India. That is, if you take a stroll through the streets, especially in market area (invariably rural, urban and metropolitan) on Tuesdays and Fridays...You will notice smashed/broken whole lemons, coconuts and white-pumpkins on the streets, roads (maybe excepting highways...I guess)! Well, I never felt bad for those kind of stuff, back then. I know it is part of my culture. However, now when I shop for my own cooking and realized that I have been charged like $3.00 for this small portion of pumpkin!!!...Oh man, am surely bewildered for a moment! And, I use it religiously...I mean with utmost care:)


White Pumpkin - cubed 2 cups
Yogurts 4 cups
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Oil few spoons.

Wet Grind these to a Thick Paste:

Pepper 1-2 spoons
Green chilies 5
Thoor dal 1 cup - soaked
Tomato 1
Ginger 3-4 inch size. peeled.
Garlic 4 -5 cloves

For Tempering:

Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Urad dal 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Dry red chilies 3
Curry leaves few
Oil few spoons
Oil for shallow frying.


Heat oil, in a wok, add wet ground paste to it. Fry them till the raw odor is gone.

Further add asafoetida, salt, turmeric and vegetables. Mix them well. Then add yogurts and bring it to boil.

In a separate pan, heat oil. Add mustard, cumin, asafoetida, red chilies, pepper and curry leaves. Fry for a while...till they pop and splutter. Run this seasoning over the gravy made above.

Serve warm along with plain steamed rice.


Prabhamani said...

Liked ur recipe.... :)will try it soon and tell u!!!

Vimitha Anand said...

Havent tried poosnikai in more kulambu... but looks yum...

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks yummy and delicious
South Indian Home

sangee vijay said...

My fav. kuzhambu but I won't make this often :( after seeing your recipe n picture...I want to try some ...simply superb ...like to have with rice n papad...
Well said malar...here we have to use each n every veg with utmost care..particularly curry leaves n cilantro ....

Gita Jaishankar said...

Hi Malar, how are you :)...morkuzambu does look very refreshing.....love the way you have added the seasonnings :)

Priya said...

Fantastic moru curry, simply inviting..

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

This looks great Malar.. i make in a similar way..gr8 combo with hor rice and grlic pickle :)

women-wisdom.com said...

Looks so traditional. Love it.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,


Loved the click...Always love this combination...Thanks for sharing...

Priya Magesh said...

usually i do Ash Gourd to prepare avial and morekulambu. its alone it will be good.

Your version also sounds good.
I'll try it and let u know...

Priya Magesh said...

usually i do Ash Gourd to prepare avial and morekulambu. its alone it will be good.

Your version also sounds good.
I'll try it and let u know...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Sounds yum, I don't cook with white pumpkin, but this is a good recipe to start with :)

jeyashrisuresh said...

never attempted poosanikai in morkuzhambhu.nice click

Gayathri Anand said...

my fav. one ...We r not getting this veggie here ...missing it ..

divya said...

wow.. i am drooling here.looks so good.

Mahi said...

பூசணிக்கா கதை சூப்பர் போங்க!பப்பாளிக்கும் இதே நிலைமைதான். ஊர்ல சும்மா கிடைக்கும்,இங்கே மினிமம் $5! :)

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