Kumabalakayi Mosaru Gojju/Pumpkin in spiced up yogurt

I get carried away whenever I see cute mini pumpkins. Probably you will agree with me if you see it's picture here.......isn't it cute enough to pack it away in your shopping bag ? :P


So, in greed I carry atleast one of them promising myself to cook something tasty. In Kannada we call Pumpkin as 'kumbalakayi'. Recently I made mosaru gojju/mosaru sasive/salad(?) so I thought of posting it when I remembered FIC Yellow and the salad event at Cooking Station. The mosaru gojju I made here with little alteration can be made as a salad. If you are a pumpkin lover you will like the salad or mosaru gojju. Mosaru gojju is a thinner version of salad which is served as an accompaniment for rice.


Now back to the recipe of Kumbalakayi Mosaru Gojju, here is how I learned to make it from my amma.

You need the following :

Pumpkin : 1 big wedge / 1 mini pumpkin
Curd (Yoghurt) : approx100 ml
Green Chillies : 1 (use 2 for a spicier version)
Fresh Wet Coconut : 1.5 tbsp
Cumin/Jeerige : 1 tsp
Coriander leaves : 2 tsp chopped

Method :
Cut pumpkin into 2" pieces and cook till done. So not overcook it unless u want it that way.
Grind greenchillies, coconut, cumin and salt to a smooth paste using little yoghurt and water.
Spoon this ground paste to yogurt and mix well.
Add cooked pumpkin cubes and mix gently. Set aside for 15 mins before you serve.
You can choose to season it. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in kadhai, add mustard seeds when it stops spluttering add curry leaves, broken red chillies and hing mix well and add this to yogurt pumpkin mixture. Mix gently.

For Salad : Time taken is 15 mins.
Pumpkin : 1 big wedge / 1 mini pumpkin
Curd (Yoghurt) : approx 2 tbsp
Green Chillies paste:1/2 tsp
Cumin/Jeerige Powder: 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves : 2 tsp chopped

Method :
Cut pumpkin into 2" pieces and cook/microwave till done.
Add yogurt, chilli paste, cumin powder and salt and mix gently. Chilll and serve.

Sending this yellow mosaru gojju to Sunshinemom's FIC Yellow and it will also be posted at SWC-Salads under 15 minutes on Cooking Station.

Edited to add :
Priti of Indian Khana has passed me Lemonade Award. Thanks Priti for showering your priti(means love in Kannada) towards me. I would like to pass this award to Ashakka, Raks, Sushma, Smitha, Ashwini Kenchanna, Mangala Bhat, Rekha, Sujatha, Banana Blossom, Roochi. Enjoy them girls! Make a cool lemonade for yourselves and chill out :D



I love pumpkin .... and I know exactly what you mean by wanting to carry the mini pumpkins home :)I get the same urge everytime I see them .
Have never tried this dish of pumpkin..shall try and let you know .

Finla said...

Would be supe delicious with plain rice. Just the thought makes me drool drool droll.

Unknown said...

Pumpkin looks cute indeed. when i saw your comment on mosaru gojju, i was reallly very curious to know the recipe since its new to me.
This recipe with pumpkin is very easy and delicious, I'll definetely try this Lakshmi.

Unknown said...

i agree with you..i too fall for this small cute litle pumpkins..
I make a similar kootu with pumpkin..looks really good..

Lakshmi said...

@ SOLife and Sowmya,

ehehhee...every time I buy there is a big thought process at home about what to cook with pumpkin but despite that I keep buying just because they look soo cute! crazzy mee :D

oh yes! it tastes super..try it

@ Madhu,
howda? sumaaru jana maadthare kanri. Mommy too learned from a friend I think. Try maadi nodi.

Unknown said...

Lemonade awardge thumba thanks kanri....will chll out wth it fr sure. Btw, mosaru gojju is my fav...though I make in another form, nim recipenoo try madthini..Rekha

notyet100 said...

wow first pic is really cute,..;-)never knw could prepre rait tooo,..looks yum,..

FH said...

Thanks so much for the award, L and enjoy your's too! :))

Always makes me feel at home when I hear the title of the food here, I have forgotten so many dishes I used to eat at Mysore ajji's home. This reminds me of that, thank you so much for posting this. I love red sweet Kumbalkayi, make palya for dose, this sounds good too! :))

Mangala Bhat said...

hahah ! nice laxmi it is fantastic of my fav ..! recipes looks ..quite easy will try some time

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Raks said...

I too like pumpkin alot,this is new to me and sounds awesome too! And u r right,they are too cute to resist:D
15 mins cooking time adds an advantage,sure I will try:)

Raks said...

Thank you so much for the Award Lak:)

Ashwini said...

Wow Pumpkin gojju is new to me...looks inviting..Will definitely try..
Tumba Dhanyavadagalu LG Lemonade awardge..

Mangala Bhat said...

hey Laxmi ..thanks soooooooo much ..i am sooo happy this one is my first award . i am top of the world right now ..Thanks sooooo much for passing that to me :)

Kannada Cuisine said...

Adu cute pumpkin!
Idu hosa recipe ri nange.. Never knew of this dish. Sounds good enough to try, shortly illi kumbala kai season shuru agutte, bookmarking this recipe right away..
Thanks remembering me!

Priya Suresh said...

Wow wat a lovely dish...loved the pumpkin click..quite an easy dish, congrats on ur award LG...u rock dear!!

Cham said...

Very new recipe LK, love the color and congrats on your award

Ivy said...

Have never seen these small pumpkins before but they do look cute and your spices yoghurt sounds great.

Sujatha Bagal said...

Thanks LG! Much appreciated! That cart is so cute!

Lakshmi said...

@ Raks,
ya 15 mins time is an advantage. Pumpkin cooks quite quickly esp with MW etc, it is easy. But you must have chilli paste, jeera powder etc ready to make salad. It is more about organising :)

I have seen mustard seeds being added to coconut paste to make mosaru gojju. I have to try it too.

Pumpkin Raita achi banti hai, ek baar try karke dekhiye.

:D I am just beaming with happiness after reading that comment.

At last you found the award :)pic, good.

@Raks,Ashwini,Smitha,Priya, Cham
Thanks. Try it and see.

I keep staring at them so much that my hubby simply buys them to keep me happy :D


Indian Khana said...

We are having same cute pumpkin in our pantry too ;)....I'll try waiting to go mustafa buy dalia and make that the list is growing now ;)..inbtw Priti means Love in hindi, telugu and many other lang. too ;)

Nithya Praveen said...

First time here,lovely pumpkins.Delicious and yummy!

Sunshinemom said...

Our pumpkins don't look this cute:)! I am not fond of them but I have tried it your way and like it a lot!! In fact everyone except me love pumpkin in the house:(!! Thank you dearie:)

Uma said...

yummy! looks so mouth-watering Lakshmi!

Thanks for your sweet encouraging words on my daughter's blog. I appreciate it :)

Dibs said...

Lovely one lakshmi! colour is lovely too!

Prajusha said...

for wintermelon we call kumbhalaga and pumpkin is mathan in malayalam:)
this curry looks yummy and easy.we make pumpking with daal and other ingredients except curd.will send soemthing for SWC.

Deepthi Shankar said...

i love pumpkin gojju but this mosaru gojju is new to me. looks delicious. the pumpkin pic is soo cute. esp those 2 tiny yellow hearts

Unknown said...

looks yummy..i dont eat pumpkins :)but seems to be yummy with winter melon also :)))

Savi-Ruchi said...

wow!!, this one is new to me :)
nange mosaru haki mado items tumba ista agutta.., so will prepare this in near future.

Savi-Ruchi said...


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Unknown said...

so cute pumpkin ans avery yummy recipe lakshmi mmmm mouthwatering

YOSEE said...

The little Pumpkin looks yumkin ! The "quickie" salad should be an interesting accompaniment to any meal.


Today i bought Pumpkim, and don't know what to do with it.. Then remember ur site.. Quite useful ...and easy to follow.. Prepared Kumbalakayi Mosaru Gojju for myself....
It taste so good and easy to prepare for the beginners like me..
Thanks you for sharing this wonderful collection..

Lakshmi said...

Tumba dhanyavadagalu Shekar. Raghu helidru nimma phone call bagge.