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Mathan Thoran | Pumpkin Stir-Fry

A healthy and delicious pumpkin stir-fry with the flavor of garlic, small onion, green chillies and coconut.


Pumpkin - 500 gms
Garlic - 6 to 8, crushed
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 2, halved
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Small onion - 10 to 12
Green chillies - 2 to 3
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste


1. Crush the small onions and green chillies in a mortar and pestle or grind them coarsely in a mixer and keep aside.

2. Peel the skin of pumpkin and remove the seeds. Cut them into small cubes.

3. Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add urad dal and red chillies. When dal turns golden, add garlic and curry leaves. Fry for a minute.

4. Then add pumpkin, turmeric powder, salt and mix well. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the pumpkin becomes soft, stirring occasionally. The pumpkin should not get overcooked or mushy.

5. Now add grated coconut, crushed small onions & green chillies and stir well. Fry for 3-4 minutes.

Serve hot with rice and sambar.


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