Spicy pumpkin idli (Kumbalkayi idli)

This recipe is from my friend Poornima. I have posted many of her recipes here so far. She is one of the most important source of Kannada recipes for me. Few days back I called her and she gave me many recipes and this is one of them.

Pumpkin is called Kumbalkayi in Kannada. This is a spicy idli. I prepared this few days back and absolutely loved it.
The Konkani version of pumpkin idli(dudde kadamb) is sweet in taste.

1 cup idli rava (rice sooji)
1 tbl spn chana daal
1 tbl spn moong daal
3/4 cup grated pumpkin
1/2 cup chopped onion
4-5 green chilies
2-3 strands coriander leaves
1/4 cup coconut

Increase or decrease the amount of daal according to taste.

Soak idli rava in water. Soak daals seperately for around 4 hrs(I soaked them overnight).
Mix rava, daals, onions, pumpkin, green chilies, coriander leaves, coconut and salt.
Keep the mixture in idli stand and steam for around 12-15mins (According to original method given by my friend, make small balls of the mixture and steam them).

Serve hot.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

23 thoughts on “Spicy pumpkin idli (Kumbalkayi idli)”

  1. Krithika, try it. You won’t belive, they taste amazing :).

    Thanks Mythili. Let me know how they turned out.

    MT, daals are not ground for this dish. They are added as it is to get that “extra” taste :).

    Lakshmik, let me know if you try this.

    Lakshmi, I too loved the color of these :).

    Lakshmiammal, I haven’t tried them with sooji. I feel the rice sooji gives it a bit distinguishing taste. But it might even turn out well. Not sure :(.

    Thanks Lavanya, all credit goes to my friend Poornima.

  2. thanks shilpa for this colourful receipe .i tried it for my weekend breakfast n really the taste was good.but unlike ordinary idli it did not bind much. wht shld i do for a good binding of these idlis with the same taste?any suggestions dear?

  3. hi shilpa,
    i really liked this recipe. but i have a question. i got the pumpkin from my last grocery trip. but found it very difficult to peel it with the vegetable peeler or knife. do u have any special trick for peeling the pumpkin?

  4. Rajeswari, for this recipe, there is no grinding involved. So it might not bind like normal idlis. You can press it well with hand while putting on the stand. If we grind something, it might completely change the taste.

    Rajasi, i use the big knife(used for cutting fish or nonveg) for cutting the pumpkin. I cut them into small pieces and then peel them with knife. But if you are grating them, just start grating from inside. When it reaches the outer skin, discard the skin. This makes life a bit easier. See Anupama’s easy tip for peeling pumpkin.

  5. hi,
    I have query…
    Is the idly rava should also be soaked over night…

    Shilpa: No, it is not soaked overnight. About 30mins to 1 hr soaking is enough.

  6. hiii shilpa,
    i wanted to know whether… if suppose i want to make pumpkin idli should i grind soak daals with rava and make batter like idlis.

    let me know soon coz i want to make this recipie soon as possible..


  7. I prepared this spicy pumpkin idli ,added avarekalu(frozen)also.It was awesome.Thanks for the recipe,which we can use pumpkin.

  8. Shilpa,
    i tried this recipe with Cucurbita Pepo Pumkin (Jack-O-Lantern) type. Grinded green chillies a little bit to add more spice because this pumpkin seemed a little on sweeter side. It came out so good…i can’t beleive it… brought back my karwar memories with a little bit of bangalore hint again…and thanks so much.

  9. Hi Shilpa,
    I liked this pumpkin idli recipe nery much. But I make with it sweet with coconut and jaggery without adding dals.
    I have become a fan of yours and visit your site almost everyday.
    I am from South Kanara settled in Mumbai.

  10. Can I make this receipe by the following combination, will it turn out right?

    1/4 kg. idli rawa
    150-200 gms. pumpkin grated
    2 tbl spn chana daal
    2 tbl spn moong daal
    3/4 cup grated pumpkin
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    4-5 green chilies
    2-3 strands coriander leaves
    1/4 cup coconut

    Please let me know if I do this receipe with this combination is Ok or not, I am planning to do this weekend. How much is 1 cup idli rawa equals to in grams.

  11. Hi Shilpa,
    Just a query. Can I substitute pumpkin with bottle gourd(gardudde). Planning to make this over this weekend so please let me know.

  12. Hi Shilpa, I have come across many many cookery blogs and many recipes with the same repeats over and over again but yours is refreshingly new! The addition of pumpkin, ragi and so many healthy foods is commendable!
    Congrats on a different food blog!

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