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Ash Gourd Curry With Dal Recipe

Written by on June 7, 2022

Poosanikai Rasavangi Recipe - Ash Gourd Curry With Dal

Poosanikai Rasavangi Recipe is a Tamil Nadu Style Curry/gravy recipe made with Poosanikai or Ash Gourd along with a ground masala of coriander seeds, coconut and chana dal. Served best with Steamed Rice and your choice of Poriyal.
Did you know: Ash Gourd is rich in vitamins and minerals. Ash gourd is composed primarily of water  (about 96%).


  • 1 1/2 cups Vellai Poosanikai (Ash gourd/White Pumpkin), diced into cubes
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split)
  • 2 tablespoons Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 20 grams of Tamarind, lemon sized
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • Salt, as per your taste

To roast and grind:

  • 1/2 tablespoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 5 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coconut, grated

How to make Poosanikai Rasavangi Recipe – Ash Gourd Curry With Dal

  1. To begin making Poosanikai / Ash Gourd Rasavangi recipe, make sure to soak tamarind in some hot water.
  2. After 15 minutes, extract pulp from the soaked tamarind – keep aside.
  3. In a pressure cooker, add rinsed chana dal, moong dal, chopped ash gourd pieces, tamarind extract, salt, turmeric powder and water. You can add 2 cups of water or enough water to make sure that all ingredients are submerged in the water.
  4. Pressure cook it for 3 whistles and release the pressure naturally.
  5. In a pan, add 1 teaspoon of oil and allow it to warm
  6. Once the oil is warm, add chana dal, urad dal, dry red chillies, and coriander seeds and roast until the spices turn aromatic and brown
  7. Finally, add the grated coconut and roast until golden brown. Turn off the flame and allow it to cool.
  8. Once the coconut and spices have cool, grind them into a fine powder in a mixer.
  9. Once the pressure cooker has released the pressure, open the lid and give it a good stir.
  10. Add the ground spices & coconut to the cooked ash gourd and dal mixture – Stir well.
  11. In a tadka pan, heat 1 teaspoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter.
  12. When mustard seeds crackle, add urad dal and curry leaves. Saute it until urad dal turns golden brown.
  13. Finally pour this tempering over the Ash Gourd Rasavangi and it is ready to be served.


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