Pumpkin Coconut Curry (Dudhi Ghashi)

 Last week, we had a visit to the local Pumpkin Patch. Dear Son’s school had a trip there and we had a fun time with the other kids and the parents. The weather was good and the kids had a great time playing, exploring, and running around while the adults had a good change from the usual grind. While returning back we got to carry some pumpkins back home.    

 I am a huge fan of pumpkins and could not wait to try out different things with that. I am not good at carving or baking so the next best thing was to cook something with it. I love the sweetish taste of pumpkin when cooked and when added to a spicy coconut curry makes a great combination in my opinion.

This curry called Dudhi Ghashi/ Pumpkin Curry is a Konkani speciality and a childhood favorite of mine. I used to relish this with rice after I got back from school/college. I remember that in the morning before leaving to school when my mother would tell me what she would be cooking for the day, just the name of this curry would brighten up and make my day. At the end of the day, I would look forward to going back home and indulging it. 

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This is my contribution to AFAM – October 2008 hosted by Madhuram of Eggless Cooking.


  •   Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of cubed pumpkin (kaddu in hindi)
  • Salt
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Turmeric a pinch 
  • handful chopped coriander leaves (garnishing) 
  • Oil

To make the coconut masala

  •  1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp tamarind paste
  •  3-4 red chillies
  • Jaggery for taste


  • Boil the pumpkin in sufficient amount of water separately either in the microwave or the stovetop. Make sure it is not overcooked, there should still be a crunch and bite to it.
  • Make the coconut masala, by grinding coconut along with red chillies, salt, tamarind, water and raw coriander seeds. The masala should be made into a very fine paste. Add more water if required.
  • In the meanwhile heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the coconut paste, turmeric and cook until the raw smell of coconut is gone. Check for taste and adjust the seasonings if required.
  • Add the boiled pumpkin and allow it to boil on medium flame.
  • Finally garnish with chopped coriander. Serve hot with rice or rotis. 





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  1. indosungod says:

    DD makes a visit to the pumpkin patch next week. Pumpkin stir fry and sambhar were the only ones I was familiar with before. But now there is a whole array of dishes I am getting to know and yours looks really delicious.

    Have you noticed that the pumpkins we get here are stringy compared to the ones we know back home?

  2. dk says:

    This sounds absolutely heavenly RC.! Coconut with anything and everything can only be delicious. I will be trying this one out soon

  3. Uma says:

    I also visited a local pumpkin patch along with my daughter’s school last Monday and got pumpkins. Still thinking what to make with it. She wanted a pumpkin pie!

    This curry looks fabulous RC! Addition of coconut must have made the curry more delectable.

  4. Madhu says:

    Hi RC,
    Love the colour, looks delicious. I see you have moved, congrats on that. Have to catch up on all ur recipes. Btw loved the bananna halwa, just the recipe for me, I always end up with over ripe banannas.

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  6. Anjali J. says:

    pumpkin curry looks delicious RC. One request, my receipes are not showing up in ur blog aggregator. please check. thanks in advance.And Happy Diwali to u and ur near ones.

  7. Madhuram says:

    Like many other pumpkin recipes, this one is also new to me RC. I’m so glad that I chose Pumpkin, getting to know a lot other than Sambar and halwa.

    My son’s field trip to a pumpkin patch was cancelled due to unexpected rains. Don’t tell me that you are not good at baking!

  8. radhika says:

    I liked your recepie very much. Do u have recepie of Gazbaze also. Please let me know.

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