Wattakka or Pumpkin is a veggie which we can cook in different style. This Wattakka Kalu Pol maluwa looks darker as we use roasted spices & coconut. For a Sri Lankan, I am sure this is one of the favourites. Wattakka can be cooked in a curry which gives an appearance of white or yellowish. That is a different recipe using green chilli. Some, they use oil and fry onion and red chili before adding pumpkin.But I do not use oil here as this recipe is loaded with coconut milk & grated coconut. Still this is tasty and I believe bit healthier than adding oil.
Here is the recipe for Sri Lankan Wattakka Kalu Pol maluwa (Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry)
Ingredients: (2-3 servings)
1 onion sliced
1 sprig curry leaves
1inch piece pandan leaf/(rampa)
1-2 tspn chili powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Sri Lankan Raw curry powder
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
Piece of cinnamon
Salt to taste
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
2-3 cloves garlic chopped
3-4 tbspn grated fresh coconut
1 tspn raw rice
1 tspn sugar
Clean pumpkin, cut into bite size pieces.
Dry roast all the spices.Keep aside.
Also roast grated coconut together with raw rice until brown.Be careful to prevent it from burning.Grind coconut & rice into a thin paste.keep aside.
In a cooking pan,mix all roasted spices together with pumpkin.Add onion,garlic,curry leaf and rampa. Add some water or thin coconut milk and cook until pumpkin is done.
Simmer in low flame for few minutes.
Finally add grinded coconut & rice paste. Mix well. If the curry is too thick, add some water & prepare the gravy in required thickness. Add about 1 tspn sugar for more taste.
This goes well with Rice and curry.Enjoy!
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