Pooshanikai Pulikkootu

Pooshanikai Pulikkootu is an easy Tamil Nadu dish prepared by cooking ash gourd with lentils, tamarind and spices. It tastes great with plain rice.


  • 1/2 kilogram Ash gourd /Pooshanikkai, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 teaspoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Gram dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon Urad dal
  • 2 tablespoons Peas, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup Toor dal
  • 8 Kozhambu vadaam / sun dried dumplings
  • Lemon sized Tamarind ball, soaked in water
  • 3 Dry red chilli
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 3 teaspoons Coriander seeds
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Few Coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup Scraped coconut
  • A pinch Hing
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder


  1. Pressure cook peas and toor dal and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil and roast gram dal, coriander seeds, dry red chilli and scraped coconut. Coarsely grind the roasted ingredients.
  3. Heat a tbsp of oil and fry kozhambu vadaam till golden brown. Keep aside.
  4. Cook ash gourd with salt, hing and turmeric powder.
  5. When half done, add fried kozhambu vadaam, peas, tamarind water, mashed dal and boil until thick.
  6. Add coarsely ground powder and boil.
  7. Season with mustard seeds, urad dal, coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  8. Serve pooshanikai pulikkootu with rice and ghee.

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