Kumbalanga Parippu

Kumbalanga parippu curry is a highly nutritious and delicious Kerala recipe that is served with rice. It is made with ash gourd, lentils, coconut and spices.


  • 1/2 cup Lentil, washed and soaked for an hour
  • 1 cup Winter melon/ash gourd, peeled and cut into cubes
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 3 Dry red dry chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt, whisked
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chilly powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 4 teaspoons Coconut, grated
  • 3 Garlic pods
  • 2 -3 Shallots
  • 2 teaspoons Oil


  1. Cook winter melon and lentils along with chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle.
  2. Grind garlic pods, coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste and add it to the pressure cooker.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes and add yogurt.
  4. Temper the dal using red chilly, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Serve kumbalanga parippu curry warm with rice.

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