Arasanikai Poriyal / Pumpkin Stir Fry


  • Yellow Pumpkin -1/2 kg bite size cubes
    Dried red chillies- 6 or depending on taste
    Rock salt- to taste
    Cold pressed sesame oil (Nallenai)- 1-2 Tbsp
    Curry leaves – 1 sprig
    Turmeric powder-1tsp
    Chilli powder- 1tsp or to taste
    Organic natural Jaggery – 2 Tbsp


  • Marinate the pumpkin cubes in the turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Leave it aside for a few minutes.
  • Using the tempering ladle, heat 1/2 a tsp of the oil and add the curry leaves and dried red chillies. Add this to the marinated pumpkin.
  • Pour the remaining oil in a deep bottomed pan and turn the flame onto low heat. Add the marinated pumpkin and toss well. As it cooks, the natural juices will flow out. If not add some water to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
  • Cover and let cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • When the vegetable is three quarters cooked, add the jaggery. Open the lid and continue stirring , until all of the liquid evaporates, the jaggery melts and coats the pumpkin cubes turning into a dark burnished colour.
  • At this stage, it should be soft and mushy
  • Check for seasoning . Adjust salt, spice and sweet as necessary. Serve hot.
Written By

Shanthini Rajkumar is a dedicated home maker. She is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys sharing and writing about subjects that appeal to her mindset

Leave a Reply