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Ash Gourd Raita or Winter Melon Raita

Ash Gourd Raita Recipe

How to make Ash Gourd Raita(South Indian Style) | Poosanikai Pachadi Thayir Recipe | White Pumpkin Raita Recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling time for cooked Ash Gourd 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 2


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Pan to cook Ash Gourd
  • Knife
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Whisk
  • Chopping Board


  • ½ Cup Chopped Ash Gourd/Winter Melon
  • 1 Cup Plain Curd/Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut
  • 1-2 Green Chillies optional
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Jaggery Powder/Sugar
  • Black Salt as required

For Tempering

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds/Rai
  • 1 tsp Split Black Gram(skinned)/Dhuli Urad optional
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves
  • 1-2 tsp Oil


  • Cut a small piece and peel the ash gourd. Take out the seeds and the flesh from the center.
  • Finely chop or grate ash gourd.
  • Finely chop green chillies. Skip if making for kids,
    1-2 Green Chillies

Cook chopped Ash Gourd

  • In a pan add about 1 cup water, add chopped ash gourd pieces. And boil for 5 minutes.
    ½ Cup Chopped Ash Gourd/Winter Melon
  • Once the gourd pieces start turning soft, take out and strain out the water.
  • Cool the vegetable completely.

Prepare Curd/Yogurt for Raita

  • In a mixing bowl take yogurt/curd, add cumin powder, black salt, jaggery powder, 1 tbsp grated coconut.
    1 Cup Plain Curd/Yogurt, 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder, 1 tsp Jaggery Powder/Sugar, Black Salt, 2 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut
  • Mix curd to a smooth mix.
  • Add gourd pieces, chopped green chillies, and mix.
    ½ Cup Chopped Ash Gourd/Winter Melon, 1-2 Green Chillies

Prepare tempering

  • Heat oil in tadka pan or small pan.
    1-2 tsp Oil
  • Add mustard seeds, once it crackle add lentils and then curry leaves. You can also add dry red chilli. I skipped adding it.
    1 tsp Mustard Seeds/Rai, 1 tsp Split Black Gram(skinned)/Dhuli Urad, 8-10 Curry Leaves
  • Add the tempering to raita.
  • Garnish with rest of the coconut(1 tbsp) and pomegranate arils(optional) and serve it with your meals or enjoy it just like that.
    2 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut



Take fresh curd/dahi for raita. Sour curd doesn't taste good and can upset the stomach also.
Skip green chillies if making for kids or if you also don't like
You can add dry red chilli in tadka. 
Add more coconut if you want more nutty coconut flavour in raita. 
Many people grind together fresh coconut, cumin seeds and green chillies and add to raita.
You can also add ash gourd pieces with tempering, cook for a few mins, and then add to the curd.
Or, simply grate ash gourd and add to raita.
Instead of tempering it you can simply add chaat masala and mint leaves and serve raita in North Indian style.
Add other vegetables(grated) like carrots, cucumber, beetroot.
Keyword Ash Gourd Raita Recipe, Poosanikai Raita Recipe
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