Pumpkin/Parangikai Masiyal

I would say that Pumpkin fruit is a special across the world. Pumpkin is being used for Halloween decoration in front of the western houses during the October. Also, the yellow pumpkin flower is used in front of houses as a ritual decoration in South India in the Tamil month called Margazhi . December and January months are known as winter months in the tropical countries. They are the months when germs spread easily and cause diseases. To avoid and escape from these diseases, our ancestors followed using the fresh Pumpkin flower on top of small ball of fresh cow dung in the main entrances of houses. Both has the power of killing the germs. Let's see how we can masiyal using this pumpkin today.


Pumpkin - 1lb
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Red chilli - 4
Tamarind - 1 gooseberry size
Coriander leaves - ½ cup
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 leaflet
Salt for taste
Oil for seasonings


Remove the skin of pumpkin and make into small cubes.
Boil 3 cups of water in a pan. Crack the red chilli and add it into the boiled water. Then add cut pumpkin pieces. Then add chopped onion.

Bring this mix to boil and cooked well. Then add chopped tomato, tamarind and coriander leaves.

Add turmeric powder and salt now.
Heat 3 tsp of in a small seasoning pan. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Once mustard seeds spluttering, add this into the cooked pumpkin mix.
Stir it with the smasher to smash everything together.
Now the tasty Pumpkin masiyal is ready to serve.
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