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Mathanga/Pumpkin Thoran



Mathanga/Pumpkin Thoran

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.

Ingredients
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


Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy..

Comments

  1. so simple and delicious!

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  2. Very healthy and colourful dish.love it.

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  3. Somehow I have never tried my hand at pumpkin dishes...Thoran looks just perfect with sambar rice.

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  4. Always love pumpkin in this way. Looks delicious dear.

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  5. Very tasty thoran, nice presentation..

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  6. fabulous recipe... looks delicious..

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  7. wow..looks delishious. never thought of making it...nice recipe too dear.

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  8. Havent tried a thoran with mathanga so far.looks tempting Suja..Will try this.

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  9. hi suja, bookmarked this with thanks.. i like the spicy ingredients.. ours over here is cooked differently. i am very keen to try your recipe,then i will invite my friend to come and eat..l have a nice day.

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  10. Never prepared thoran with mathanga...looks delicious.

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  11. Healthy and delicious thoran...I love it...we generally don't add onions and garlic

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  12. I luv this thoran,perfect blend of sweet and spicy taste.

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  13. thinking of buying pumpkin., nice recipe
    Reshmi
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  14. Delicious looking pumpkin thoran n love the presentation.

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  15. wow...nice side dish recipe..even I love this kind of side dish..I too prepare similar kind of side dish...looking lovely

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  16. thoran looks so good and yum..pls do send it to Kerala Kitchen hosted at my blog

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  17. ahhh..Looks like a very tasty side dish!!

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  18. Super delicious thoran, wish to have rite now with a bowl of rice..

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  19. hi suja,
    nice clicks, am always in for simple and comforting dishes like these. thanks for the recipe :p

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  20. yummy and delicious curry ........

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  21. Nice. You have cooked it just right. If it gets mushy, it will not taste good anymore.

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  22. This is my fav veggie,never tried thoran with mathanga..sounds super tasty....

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  23. Wow!!such a healthy and delicious thoran,will try it soon....
    maha

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  24. Njan thoran undakiyittilla mathanga vacchu. Ini try cheyam. kanditu kothi varunnu.

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  25. healthy delicious yummy thoran,,ur clicks makes me hungry.

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  26. this thoran is one yummy dish :) looks superb!

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  27. thanks for sending to Kerala Kitchen..

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  28. HRIDAYAM NIRANJA VISHU AASHAMSAKAL...... blogil puthiya post...... ANNAARAKKANNAA VAA........ vayikkane.....

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  29. Deliciously prepared thoran,my mom always made these on festival days and full moon days.

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  30. Yummy...a perfect kerala recipe..

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  31. I would definitely want to flag this because the only thing I know to make with pumpkin is pumpkin lentils parippu curry. ty!

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  32. oh god! i feel like eating it right away without the patience to cook. there should be some tool invented to make this possible.. like reaching out to the laptop screen & start digging in. isnt it? :) lovely recipe! following you!

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    1. Thanks Rev for coming over,so happy that you liked it..pumpkin is my favorite too
      loved your space too,see you often:)

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  33. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

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