ash gourd recipe | kumbalanga thoran recipe | ash gourd thoran

kumbalanga thoran recipe with step by step photos – another quick recipe of thoran made with kumbalanga or ash gourd. it is also called as white gourd or petha or winter melon. to know more about thoran you could read my post on beetroot thoran. i like thoran made from any veggie, from cabbage thoran to beans thoran to carrot thoran to banana peel thoran. so here is a recipe of ash gourd thoran.

ash gourd thoran recipe

ash gourd is easily available in south india and maharashtra…. though i have not been able to find it in delhi. its a lovely veggie and quite different from the other gourds. i remember my mother adding ash gourd to sambar with other veggies and also making ash gourd thoran and ash gourd upkari. its also added in avial which is one of the most popular recipe from kerala.

for those who aren’t aware about ash gourd have posted a pic below. this is how ash gourd looks like. the texture is similar to bottle gourd however tastes different but good.

ash gourd thoran recipe

this is an easy recipe of ash gourd and does not take much time to prepare. you can serve kumbalanga thoran as a side dish or with dal and rice or sambar and rice. you can also have this dish with chapatis.

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ash gourd recipe

4.84 from 6 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:35 mins
Course:side dish
Cuisine:kerala
Servings (change the number to scale):3
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ash gourd thoran from kerala cuisine

INGREDIENTS FOR ash gourd recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 200 grams ash gourd (kumbalanga or white gourd or petha or winter melon) - peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion - chopped finely
  • 1 green chili - chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - OPTIONAL
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ¾ cup grated coconut
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE ash gourd recipe

  • chop the ash gourd and keep them ready with the chopped onions and green chili.
  • in a pan, heat the coconut oil. add the mustard seeds and when they pop add the cumin seeds. when the cumin seeds sizzle in the hot oil add the onions. fry the onions till transparent.
  • add the curry leaves and green chilli. fry for some seconds. 
  • now add the ash gourd.
  • add the turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  • cover the pan and let the ash gourd cook in its own juices. do not add water as ash gourd has enough water in it. cook for 7-8 minutes till the ash gourd is almost done. then add the grated coconut.
  • mix the coconut well with the veggie. add salt and cook covered for a couple of minutes.
  • serve ash gourd thoran as a side dish or with dal and rice or sambar and rice. you can also have this dish with chapatis.
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preparation to make ash gourd recipe

1. rinse the ash gourd, remove their seeds and chop the ash gourd.

ash gourd thoran recipe

2. measure all the spices, chop the onion and green chili. also keep the grated coconut ready for the thoran.

ash gourd thoran recipe

making ash gourd recipe

3. in a pan, heat 1 to 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil. add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds.

ash gourd thoran recipe

4. let the mustard seeds crackle.

ash gourd thoran recipe

5. add ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds.

ash gourd thoran recipe

6. when the cumin seeds sizzle in the hot oil. add 1 medium sized chopped onion.

ash gourd thoran recipe

7. fry the onions till transparent.

ash gourd thoran recipe

8. add 2 sprigs of curry leaves and 1 finely chopped green chili.
 ash gourd thoran recipe

9. fry for some seconds.

ash gourd thoran recipe

10. now add 200 grams of ash gourd.

ash gourd thoran recipe

11. add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder (haldi).

ash gourd thoran recipe

12. mix well. saute the veggie for a minute.

ash gourd thoran recipe

13. cover the pan and let the ash gourd cook in its own juices.

ash gourd thoran recipe

14. keep checking in intervals of 2 to 3 minutes. if the ash gourd appears dry then add some water. some ash gourd may require water while cooking. some ash gourd may not require water while cooking. it depends on the quality and size of ash gourd, so add water if required.

ash gourd thoran recipe

15. cook for 7-8 minutes or more time till the ash gourd is almost done. again the timing will vary as per the quality of ash gourd, pan thickness and flame.

ash gourd thoran recipe

16. once the ash gourd is almost cooked, then add ¾ cup of fresh grated coconut.

ash gourd thoran recipe

17. mix the coconut well with the veggie.

ash gourd thoran recipe

18. add salt as required.

ash gourd thoran recipe

19. cook covered for a couple of minutes.

ash gourd thoran recipe

serve ash gourd thoran as a side dish or with dal tadka and rice or sambar and rice. you can also have this dish with chapatis.

ash gourd thoran recipe

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dassana amit

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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10 comments/reviews

  1. I follow many recipe of yours. other day paneer butter masala and today for lunch ash gourd thoran. It is good for simple everyday food. Thanks!5 stars

  2. Dassana who says that you are a novice in photography. The receipe simply is superb with the right ingredient mentioned. Only thing salt always needs to be added after adding the vegetable and lastly the coconut scrapes have to be added for garnishing and some coriander leaves.

    • thanks again neela for your inputs which will help the readers. and i am still struggling with photography and learning it 🙂

  3. Hello Dassana,
    Finally I found Ash gourd at a Chinese supermarket. Yesteday I cooked Mangalorean Ash Gourd curry with coconut milk. I will deffinitely try your recipe. Thanks for posting.
    Regards,
    Ben