Sihi Kumbalakayi Koddel/ Red Pumpkin Curry

Red pumpkin is one sweet vegetable available world wide. Famous for pumpkin carving on Halloween. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin kootu, roasted pumpkin seeds are few popular recipes. I am going to share my mom’s recipe of Koddel here. Koddel is popular recipe of Mangalore.

Sihi kumbalakayi koddel


Red pumpkin- 1 small (Serves 2)

Coconut- 1 cup, freshly grated

Coriander- 1 teaspoon

Zeera- 1 teaspoon

Red chillies- 4-5 (according to your taste)

Tamarind- a small lemon sized

Turmeric powder- a pinch

Tampering- Ghee, mustard, curry leaves


  1. Wash and cut the red pumpkin into cubes ( don’t peel the skin) and cook it with a cup of water and pinch of salt until it becomes soft. (Make sure that its not too soft or it will become mashed)
  2. Roast coriander, zeera, red chillies and coconut and along with turmeric and tamarind grind it into smooth paste adding little water to get the consistency.
  3. Now add this paste to boiled vegetable and add little water to make it gravy and boil it for 5-8 minutes and tamper with mustard and curry leaves. Red pumpkin curry is ready to serve with hot rice.