Ash gourd / white pumpkin raita

Written by: 7aumsuvai

Ash gourd / White pumpkin / Poosanikai is loaded with nutrients. It's an excellent source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), a good source of vitamin B3 (niacin), and vitamin C. It is also rich in many minerals like calcium. Its high potassium content makes this a good vegetable for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Raita prepared with ash gourd goes well with roti or parathas.

Ash gourd raita


      • 1 cup – Ash gourd / Poosanikai / White pumpkin (grated)
      • 1/2 cup – Curd /Yogurt
      • Salt as needed

For grinding:

      • 3 tbsp – Coconut grated
      • 1 or 2 nos – Green chillies
      • 1 small piece – Ginger
      • 1/2 tsp – Cumin seeds
      • Water as needed


      • 2 tsp – Oil
      • 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp – Split black gram / Ulunthu
      • 5 nos – Curry leaves
      • 1 pinch – Asafoetida

Ash gourd or white pumpkin raita process

Preparation method:

  1. Heat a pan, add in grated ash gourd and enough water to cook, bring it to boil. Cook for 10 mins or until well cooked. Allow them to cool.
  2. Grind items given in the list “for grinding” to a fine paste. Set aside.
  3. Now take a mixing bowl, add in cooked ash gourd, 1/2 cup curd, ground coconut paste along with salt needed, mix everything well together.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, season with items given in the list for seasoning. Pour this seasonings over ash gourd yogurt mixture. Ash gourd raita is ready to serve.

Ash gourd raita


  • You can also cook ash gourd in microwave instead of directly cooking on stove.

Ash gourd raita


  1. easy and yammy..will go very well with paratha

  2. this is definitely a tasty and cooling raita for this heat ....

  3. Looks very healthy and absolute delish.

  4. Super delicious cooling raita, perfect for this hot summer.

  5. wow! never have tried that..and i really liked the way you have presented it. esp with the chillies in the ash! cute.

  6. I haven't tried raita with ash gourd. This looks absolutely yummy!!

  7. something new and healthy :) like your presentation..

  8. Brilliant idea Shanthi... Lovely clicks :-)

  9. That was a very interesting way to make raita! Cheers!


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