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Paraangikai Poriyal | Kaddu ki Sabji | Vegan Butternut squash stir fry

Parangikai Poriyal or South Indian style Kaddu ki sabji is a popular accompaniment with rice  and Rasam / Sambhar at home. Thankfully where I live, this veggie is available through the year, and it forms part of my meal rotation plan too. If I need to serve it with Phulkas, I dont add the coconut (and instead sub it with 1/2 tsp ginger). 

Rich in anti-oxidants and other nutritients including being an Immunity Booster, this veggie is  one of our favourite
sabjis to go with a roti and some salad / dal for our weekday dinner.
Thankfully both the girls like it too. If you grow squash in your backyard or have access to it all the year through , do give this recipe a

time :
15 mins |Cook time : 10 mins | Serves : 4


  • Red
    Pumpkin / Butternut Squash / Kaddu/ Parangikai – 2 cups (cubed): you may leave  the skin on or peel it. I lightly peel leaving a slight crust on the top.  
  • Oil
    – 1 TBSP
  • Turmeric
    – a pinch
  • Tempering
    : Mustard, curry leaves, red chillies, fenugreek seeds (a pinch), asafoetida
  • Salt
    – to taste
  • Red
    chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garnish
    : coriander leaves 
  • Grated coconut – 2 tsp

Note :
we love this sabji to have a bite and retain the form so I steam it for 8-9
mins. But if you want to cook through till fork tender, please do so.


Check out the Youtube Video for the detailed method.



  1. vaishali sabnani

    Somehow i have never made a sabzi with kaddu , perhaps because of its mild sweetness, i use it in sambar though. The sabzi looks tempting , should try it sometime .

  2. Suma Gandlur

    Simple yet delicious one. We too prepare it the same way except the ginger part as you mentioned.

  3. Never tried pumpkin this way. It goes in sambar and olan and may be some other traditional preparations, but its never crossed its boundaries and come near the chapatis yet :D. Sounds new and interesting!

  4. That plate looks wholesome and inviting..

  5. steaming the veggie is the best way to cook..looks very inviting..

  6. I have never tried pumpkin sabji.. This looks awesome. Nice simple recipe.

  7. This looks yum Kalyani. Will be a change from the regular fare I make.

  8. I never used pumpkin in my kitchen, must try dish. Looks great

  9. Sowmya :)

    That looks so tasty….we get beautifully pumpkins here and I am constantly looking for recipes. This is a wonderful addition for me! Yumm

  10. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I am tempted to take a bite from that plate. Looks very inviting Kalyani. I like the idea of steaming the kaddu and then using it to make the subzi. I will try it this way when I make it next time. Thanks for the mention and your notes have brought back memories from my garden and I am missing it so much this year.

  11. Such a simple and delicious dish. I love the slight sweet taste of pumpkin and love to balance it with tamarind, but this curry sounds yummy too.

  12. Priya Suresh

    Simple but yet a lipsmacking poriyal, i love with curd rice..

  13. cookingwithsapana

    I love kaddu sabzi and always make it in fasting.This version looks yum.

  14. Chef Mireille

    perfect side dish

  15. I had made a different version of this sabzi and we loved it. shall try out this version next time.

  16. Sneha's Recipe

    My hubby's favorite sabzi.

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