Sweet Pumpkin (Sihikumbalkayi) Palya

Sweet Pumpkin also called as Sihikumbalkayi in kannada is often prepared in Madhwa houses for many occasions. This palya was prepared in my Brother-in-laws house for Mahalaya Amavasya. It is very tasty, and very simple to make also. They use a lot of coconut in Bangalore, I would completely eliminate this quantity, and just use 2-3 spoons of coconut.

Sweet Pumpkin Palya


* 1 sweet pumpkin or sihikumbalkayi chopped evenly by removing the skin and the seeds
* 2-3 red chillies
* 1/2 fresh coconut finely grated
* 2-3 sprigs finely chopped cilantro
* for tampering: 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, pinch of hing, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp channa dal, 1 tsp urad dal, 2 tsp oil, salt to taste


* Wash, peel the skin, remove the seeds and chop pumpkin evenly.
* In a pan, add oil. When the oil is heated, add mustard seeds, hing, turmeric, channa dal, urad dal and red chillies.
* When the dal changes color next, add the pumpkin and a few spoons of water. Cover and let it cook.
* When the pumpkin is soft, add salt to taste. Mix well.
* Finally, add coconut, and chopped cilantro.
* Serve with rice or even with chapathi.
* Tastes very good with Rasam and Rice (Saaru Anna) :).

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Geetha Basavaraj on October 9, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I will try this, is sweet pumpkin the orange pumpkins that we carve during halloween?


  2. Posted by rajithasanthosh on November 23, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Hello Mataji ,

    Nice to see this wonderful recipe which is one of my favorite , and today after long time i am going prepare it in Singapore as per your recipe. Wondering whether to add curry leaves to it or not? Today i will try out as per the ingredients mentioned by you.

    Thanks Mataji



  3. Posted by deepamahesh on February 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Wow…looks good, I guess I saw this post at the rt time as I have sweet pumpkin in my refrigerator 😛 …was wondering what to do …something different apart from sambar, I would like to try this now…thanks meera 🙂


  4. Posted by Sandhya on January 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Hi Meera,
    I was looking for some recipes that use sihikumbalkai and stumbled upon your blog….I tried out this palya and it turned out so perfect! I live in virginia and havent met another person from karnataka here 😦 But nice to see a fellow kannadiga-i like your other recipes as well!


    • Posted by meeraghu on January 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. I am glad you tried the recipe and it turned out well.


  5. Posted by meeraghu on December 21, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Yes, it tastes yummy as well.


  6. Posted by B Vijayalakshmi on December 21, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Ha! It looks yummy!


  7. Posted by meeraghu on November 14, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Yes indeed. Thanks so much, I corrected the same.


  8. Posted by ramji on November 13, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    you forgot to tell us to add the red chilis to the oil!


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