July 13, 2020

Ashgourd raita | How to make White Pumpkin Raitha | Poosanikai Thayir Pachadi

This raita is one of our family favourites and Amma (mom) makes it so often during the summers. It’s great for the gut as well as goes great with Sambhar / Lapsi BIsibele Bhath (Broken Wheat +Lentil meal) or with any One Pot Meal that we make often on weekends. It was also my dad’s favourite with his cooked lapsi (broken wheat) when he was around , and so lots of memories are associated with this dish. 

Curd /Yoghurt has excellent probiotic qualities and is always a part of our meal via Dips / Raitas / Ashgourd in Yoghurt sauce(South Indian kadhi) or North Indian Kadhi Pakodi (gramflour dumplings in yoghurt sauce) or even theIyengar style Thayir Vadai (South Indian style Dahi Vada) . If you love yoghurt, you can check out the post on 30+ dishes using Curd as the star ingredient here. 

Who could forget the quintessential Tamilnadu style Curd Rice that every tambrahm probably eats eat least once a day ? For us , North Indian Chaats like this No Fry Dahi Bhalle / Dahi ke Kebab / Khatta Dhokla (GF snack)/  Dahi Batata Puri (streetfood / Chaat)HAS to feature almost once a fortnight on the menu. 

Poonam has asked us to whip up some Dahi Delights this week and am so eager to try out her Aloo Palda recipe shortly. 

Ash gourd raita / Pusanikai Thayir Pachadi | பூஸனிகாயி தயிர் பச்சடி
Gluten Free, Side Dish ; Cuisine : Tamilnadu (Indian). 

Prep time - 10 mins, Cook time - 10 mins, Serves - 2 ~3

Ingredients :
White Pumpkin / Ashgourd / Bhopla - 100 grams
Thick yoghurt -   200 grams - whisked well
Salt - to taste
Grated coconut - 2 TBSP
Garnish - chopped coriander (opt.)


Oil - 1/2 tsp
Broken Red chillies - 1 no.
Green chilli - 1 no. 
Curry leaves - few
Cumin / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal / split black gram - 1/4 tsp (opt.)

How to:
  • Wash, Peel and cut the white pumpkin into longish cubes. Boil them in lightly salted water till they are soft (add just enough water to cover the vegetable while cooking as ash gourd itself releases a lot of water). 
  • Drain the cooked ash gourd to a bowl. 
  • In a pan, add oil, make the tempering and add to the ashgourd. Mix well. Cool Completely. 
  • Add the whisked curd, salt (if required) and mix well. 
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
More Raita Recipes on the blog:

Palak ke Raita (spinach in curd sauce)


  1. This recipe reminds me off Amma too . She would make yummy pachadi using bhindi , sweet potato, cucumber and even this poosnikai
    I love the flavor of poosnikai ..a nice nostalgia while reading your recipe

    1. wow .. sweet potato too ? that's unusual and lovely too!

  2. When I was last in Bangalore bought ash gourd once to add to sambhar and then to make an Odiya sabji. Next time I know I can buy some to make raita.I love different kinds of raita. Love the variety of raita you have on your blog.

    1. Yes Mayuri, we love raitas too. Ashgourd is such a versatile veg which gives way to sweet to savoury equally...

  3. Wow, such a beautiful traditional recipe! I'm not a big fan of poosanikkai, but this looks absolutely delicious. Can imagine the flavours of the dish. :)

    1. Thanks priya. Do try it and I bet you would be a covert :-)

  4. I make a similar raita using bottle gourd. Next time will try out this white pumpkin raita. I pair my gourd raita with 'waran bhaat' (dal chawal)

    1. oh yes! varan bhaat + raita sounds delicious.. altho we love it with masale bhaat too !

  5. Amma used to make kadhi with ash gourd. Here we have to buy the big huge gourd so I never buy. Making raita is a great option. Sounds delicious.

    1. Thaks Arch! we make kadhi too. and damrot (kasi halwa) which is a family favourite..

  6. Ash gourd is Kashi Phal right?? I think my mom made this raita and we add cumin tempering.. never added coconut in raita preparation, shall try it soon, when I make lauki raita as ash gourd is not available here.

  7. Absolutely refreshing Raita. I can have it as a meal anytime. One of my favourite Raita.

  8. Ashgourd raita looks super cool and interesting. Surely it tastes good with any special rice items or simply with roti's.

  9. Absolutely a lovely raita kalyani using Ashgourd !
    I can enjoy this type of veggie raita and i think one who dont like this vegetable surely enjoy by making this :)

    1. True Sasmita. it's a delicious vegetable that's best enjoyed in this raita too !


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