Andhra Style Gummadikaya Pulusu / Pumpkin And Coconut Stew - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers

Andhra Style Gummadikaya Pulusu / Pumpkin And Coconut Stew

4.10 from 8 votes
Served As Dinner, Lunch
Andhra Pradesh is famous for its stew or Pulusu ( Telugu ). Gummadikaya or pumpkin stew is one amongst it. This is a simple sweet and sour stew of Andhra. It tastes heavenly when served with hot steamed rice ! and accompanied along with crunchy fryums/vadiyalu/papad 🙂
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Andhra, Indian
Recipe Category Vegetarian
Servings 4


  • Pumpkin pieces - cubed - 2 cups,
  • Small sized whole onions - 3 or 4
  • Onion paste - 1 tablespoon
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Slit Green chili - 2
  • Red Chili - 2
  • Red Chili powder - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - To taste
  • Turmeric powder - 2 pinches
  • Tamarind Juice - 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves - 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Tomato puree- 1/2 cup
  • Ginger and Garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
  • Jaggery powder - 2 tablespoon
  • Oil - 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves - For garnishing.


  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they start spluttering , add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, green chili, red chili , curry leaves,ginger and garlic paste . Saute them for a minute.
  • Now add the pumpkin pieces,whole onions and onion paste. Fry them till the onions turn slight translucent.
  • Then add salt,turmeric powder, jaggery and red chili powder one after the other. Mix this well. Cover it with a lid and cook on low flame for 7 minutes.
  • Once the pumpkin and onion mix is cooked fully or until the raw smell goes off, add the grated coconut,tomato puree and tamarind juice.
  • Allow the above mix to cook for five more minutes on low flame. When the stew is cooked on low flame, the sweetness of jaggery along with the sourness of the tamarind juice and the freshness of coconut enhances the taste.
  • Turn off the flame and garnish it with coriander leaves and sliced coconut.
  • Keep it covered until served. You can serve this hot with Steamed rice.


Note that the stew is cooked on low flame to enrich the taste.
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