Poosanikai Haddu Sweet Curry Recipe - Pumpkin Sweet Curry

A Sweet South Indian Vegetarian Curry Recipe, Poosanikai Haddu is made with pumpkin, jaggery and topped with grated coconut. Serve it along with Steamed Rice and Sambar.

Poosanikai Haddu Sweet Curry Recipe - Pumpkin Sweet Curry
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Pumpkin Sweet Curry Recipe is a South Indian Vegetarian Curry recipe prepared with yellow pumpkin also known as Haddu or Poosanikai. 

In this recipe, pumpkin is cooked in a pan along with jaggery. The jaggery adds the sweetness to the dish and with the final addition of grated coconut, it gives the dish a complete sweet and nutty flavour.  

It is an authentic recipe in tamilnadu, usually made during the Tamil festival of Pongal, when pumpkin is abundantly found in market.

Serve Pumpkin Sweet Curry along with Steamed Rice and Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe for a complete South Indian meal.

If you like this recipe, here are a few more Pumpkin Recipes:

  1. Kerala Kootu Curry Recipe (Pumpkin with Desi Channa or Black Eyed Beans in Spicy Coconut)
  2. Kumror/Kaddu Posto Recipe (Spiced Pumpkin with Poppy Seeds and Tomatoes )
  3. Kerala Pumpkin Pachadi Recipe (Parangikai Pachadi)

Cuisine: Tamil Nadu
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


3 Servings


  • 250 grams Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin) , diced
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 2 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 2 teaspoons Oil
  • Salt , to taste
  • Water , as needed

How to make Poosanikai Haddu Sweet Curry Recipe - Pumpkin Sweet Curry

  1. To begin making the Pumpkin Sweet Curry Recipe, we need to first prepare all the ingredients. 

  2. In a heavy bottomed pan, add 2 teaspoons of oil.  Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. 

  3. When it crackles add urad dal, tear in the red chillies and curry leaves. Saute it till urad dal turns golden brown.

  4. Next add the diced pumpkin/haddu, salt and enough water to coat the bottom of the pan. This will ensure that the bottom does not burn and the pumpkin gets cooked. 

  5. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 to 10 minutes in a medium flame. Keep stirring in between so that you can check for doneness and check the level of water. 

  6. Once the poosanikai/haddu is cooked, add 1 tablespoon of jaggery. Stir all the ingredients well until the jagger melts. 

  7. Finally add grated coconut and mix it well. Turn off the heat and Pumpkin Sweet Curry is ready to be served. 

  8. Serve Pumpkin Sweet Curry Recipe along with Steamed Rice and Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe for a complete South Indian meal. 

Poosanikai Haddu Sweet Curry Recipe - Pumpkin Sweet Curry is part of the Indian Curry And Gravy Recipe Contest