Kumbalanga Pulissery

A delicious Kerala dish made with ash gourd, buttermilk, coconut and spices.


  • 200 grams Kumbalanga / Ash gourd, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 100 milliliters medium thick Curd, beaten to a smooth consistency
  • 5 tablespoons grated Coconut
  • 1 tablespoon raw rice, soaked it in water for an hour
  • 1 Green chilli, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 small Green chilli, slit lengthwise
  • Water as needed
  • Salt to taste


  1. Grind coconut, raw rice, chopped green chilli, cumin seeds and 2 tbsp. water to a smooth paste.
  2. Cook ash gourd with salt, turmeric powder, slit green chili and a cup of water for 10 minutes.
  3. Add coconut paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Switch off the heat, add buttermilk and mix well.
  5. Serve Kumbalanga pulissery with rice.

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