July 24, 2019

Pumpkin Koddel | Puli Bajji

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Koddel is a traditional Mangalorean recipe which has a mix of sweet , tangy and spicy flavor infused in the curry . The soft and juicy pumpkin absorbs all these flavors and it is a treat to the tastebuds as we savor it .

This recipe is a favorite of mine ever since my aunt prepared this and served me as a child . The flavor is still so fresh and vivid . Recently while speaking to my cousin I asked about this recipe and she happily shared the steps with me and viola it is ready for my Lunch today . I dont know why she called it Puli Bajji..but that name is what I am familiar with .

Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves: 3-4
Complexity: simple

100 gms red pumpkin /parangikkai / laal bhopla 
1 cup fresh grated coconut 
2 tsp jeera /cumin 
3 green chillies
Few curry leaves
2 tsp mustard seeds 
1 cup tamarind extract 
1 tablespoon jaggery powder 
Salt as needed
1 tsp oil 
Asafoetida a pinch 
1/2 tsp turmeric /haldi

  • In a blender , grind the coconut,1tsp jeera , 1tsp mustard, curry leaves and chillies to a fine paste. 
  • Chop the pumpkin into medium sized cubes and boil until it is 1/2 cooked in water with salt.
  • Add the tamarind extract and jaggery powder and let it boil till the raw flavor of the tamarind is lost. 
  • Mix the ground coconut paste and stir it well.Adjust salt and water if needed.
  • Bring to a nice rolling boil and then switch off once the gravy appears little thick. 
  • Prepare tempering using mustard and jeera with asafoetida and pour it over the curry.
  • Serve it hot with steamed rice. 
  • The gravy will tend to thicken on cooling due to coconut gravy so adjust the consistency accordingly while cooking. 


  1. Mangalorean style pumpkin curry looks so delicious and tempting. The gravy is perfect to serve with rice, rotis, puris or even dosas.

  2. This is my husband's favorite sunday menu. We love it with hot rice and a touch of ghee. By god! there is so much we love abput this koddel, thanks for sharing it.

  3. Hey this pumpkin koddel I made today and it tasted wonderful with rice. Hubby loved it enough to pair it with his rotis too. Thanks.

  4. An interesting way to prepare pumpkin as I usually make a dry sabji. Pumpkins will soon be in abundance here and this Koddel is one recipe I am going to try.Am sure we will love it with some rice.

  5. I tried out your pumpkin koddel recipe. It was amazing in the first attempt itself. I was yearning for a quick recipe just like this one. Will make this more often now. Great one!

  6. i am loving this koddel- having tasted it at a Udupi friend's home sometime in 2018/19, I now know where to go for the recipe ! - Kalyani


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