Kumbalakai Majjige Huli Recipe- Ash Gourd Buttermilk Curry

A South Indian Recipe made with Ash Gourd in buttermilk and coconut mixture. It pairs well with steamed rice and papad on the side and makes a great comforting meal.

Janaki Nagaraj
Kumbalakai Majjige Huli Recipe- Ash Gourd Buttermilk Curry
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Kumbalakai Majjige Huli Recipe is a traditional South Indian recipe, a must for functions and festivals. It is a tangy curry made from buttermilk and coconut. This curry is usually made with water based vegetables like cucumber, white pumpkin, squash or snake guard. Okra is also a great vegetable that goes well in Majjige Huli.

It is an authentic Karnataka recipe and you can find similar recipes across the south of India. Some make this recipe spicy and some make it less spicy with fewer ingredients.


Serve Kumbalakai Majjige Huli Recipe Recipe with Steamed RiceCarrot Beans ThoranPisarna Manga Recipe and Elai Vadam .

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Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

25 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

65 M


4 Servings


  • 250 grams Vellai Poosanikai (Ash gourd/White Pumpkin) , seeds and skin removed, cut into cubes. Approximately 2 cups
  • 3 teaspoons Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 1 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1/4 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt) , churned with 1 cup of water
  • For Tempering:
  • 2 teaspoons Cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 4-5 Curry leaves

How to make Kumbalakai Majjige Huli Recipe- Ash Gourd Buttermilk Curry

  1. To begin making Kumbalakai Majjige Huli Recipe  first soak the chana dal in 1/4 cup of water for 20 minutes.

  2. Steam the ash gourd either using the pressure cooker or a steamer. Follow How to Cook Vegetables in a Pressure Cooker

  3. Add  the coconut, soaked chana dal, green chillies, ginger and salt into a mixer grinder and make a smooth paste.Keep aside.

  4. In a saucepan, stir together the cooked pumpkin and the ground coconut mixture. Stir in 1 cup of water, turn on the heat and allow the mixture to come to a boil.

  5. The curry will begin to thicken. At this point stir in the butter milk and boil for another minute. Turn off the heat.

  6. Now we will temper the Kumbalakai Majjige Huli 

  7. Heat oil in a small sauce pan; add the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.

  8. Once the mustard seeds have crackled add cumin seeds and saute for 5 seconds, then add the  curry leaves and asafoetida. add it to the above curry.

  9. Serve Kumbalakai Majjige Huli Recipe with Steamed RiceCarrot Beans ThoranPisarna Manga Recipe and Elai Vadam .

Janaki Nagaraj

Last Modified On Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:41
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