Pooshanikai Karamudhu

Pooshanikai Karamudhu is a tasty dry dish served in some monasteries or ashrams. It is prepared by stir frying ash gourd with spices. The dish tastes great with plain rice.


  • 1/2 kilogram Ash gourd / vellai pooshanikkai, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • Few curry leaves
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Urad dal
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tablespoons Mel podi (roasted powder of methi seeds, chana dal, coriander seeds, dry red chillies and pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons Grated coconut (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad dal, and red chillies.
  2. Add asafetida, turmeric powder and coconut. Mix well.
  3. Add ash gourd and salt. Saute.
  4. Cover and cook till ash gourd is cooked.
  5. Add mel podi and mix well and sauté for 2 more minutes.
  6. Serve pooshanikkai karamudhu warm with rice.

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