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Monday, March 22, 2010


Mulakushyam is a simple curry made with parippu and winter melon or pumpkin.
A time saver recepie with a distinct taste.

  • Toor dal-3 tbsp
  • Winter melon- ½ cup
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Chilly powder - ¼ tsp
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

  • Cook Toor Daal in water in a pressure cooker for 3 -4 whistle.
  • Mash Toor Daal well with a spoon.
  • Add Winter melon into it.
  • Cook winter melon  with turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt and water along with the mashed Toor Daal.
  • When it cooks well, add coconut oil and curry leaves.
Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice


  1. I was under the impression that this was a typical Palakkad recipe...glad to see that it here...We add pepper powder instead of chilly powder and use split yellow dal

  2. I too am from Palakkad and we use winter melon/pumpkin/cabbage. we also add a ground paste of coconut and jeera.

  3. hi...lovely to c this reccipe here....its excatly how my granny & mom make it...being in London now....wanted to make it for my son..

  4. My mother uses plantain (vazhakkaai) and yam (chenai) for this preparation and pepper powder instead of chilli powder.

  5. Mulakushyam has become my favorite dish through its vivid description in Nandanar's stories although I have never tasted it. This is an uncommon dish here in Calicut.

  6. it is a typical dish for young mothers who have just delivered a baby and instead of red chilly powder, epper powder is added

  7. Well written, you give here a lot of valuable tips.