Gummadikaya Dappalam/Pumpkin Stew

imageGummadikaya dappalam

Gummadikaya dappalam is a traditional dish of Andhrapradesh. The dish is prepared with yellow pumpkin. Gummadikaya dappalam goes well with steamed rice. The dish is prepared with diced yellow pumpkin and chopped onion pieces. Tempering is done in oil with mustard, cumin, red chilli and asafoetida. Yellow pumpkin and onion pieces are sautéed in the tempering. Fresh Spice powders are added to enhance the flavour. Pumpkin stew is prepared adding water and tamarind extract. Here I present sweet n tangy gummadikaya dappalam to relish with hot steamed rice. Njoy Cooking, Serving n Savoring!

Author: Akshayakumbham
Course: Side dish
Cuisine: Andhra, India
Servings: 4


Small Yellow pumpkin: Half part

Onion: 1 no

Green chillies: 2 nos.

Coriander seeds: 1 tsp

Fenugreek/Methi seeds: 1/4 tsp

Asafoetida: Generous pinch

Tamarind: Lemon sized

Salt: As required

Turmeric: Generous pinch

Water: 2 1/2 cups

Besan flour: 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder: Half tsp

Jaggery powder: Half tbsp

Coriander leaves: Few

Curry leaves: A sprig


Oil: 1 tbsp

Mustard: 1 tsp

Cumin: 1 tsp

Red chilli: 1 no.

Asafoetida: A pinch

Method of preparation:

1. Take half portion of small yellow pumpkin. Remove the skin and dice them into big pieces. Immerse them in water and keep aside till we use.image

2. Chop one big onion into thin slices and keep side.image

3. Heat kadai, put one tsp of coriander seeds and few fenugreek/methi seeds.image

4. Dry roast them on low flame till nice aroma comes.image

5. Transfer the roasted ingredients onto a plate and allow it to cool down.

6. Heat kadai and pour oil for tempering. Put mustard and cumin seeds. When mustard splutter add a pinch of asafoetida and red chilli too.image

7. Now add chopped onion pieces and mix thoroughly.image

8. Sauté onions on low flame adding pinch of salt and turmeric too.

9. Sauté onion pieces till they turn into translucent.image

10. Now add pumpkin pieces, curry leaves and sauté on low flame till they become soft.image

11. Soak tamarind in enough water.image

12. Meanwhile transfer the roasted ingredients into a mortar pestle.image

13. Pound the roasted ingredients into a fine powder.image

14. Transfer the powder onto a plate and add two pinches of asafoetida.image

15. When the pumpkin pieces become soft add chopped coriander leaves and mix well.image

16. Now add water and bring into boil.image

17. Slit green chillies and add them too.image

18. Extract tamarind water and add the tamarind water to the boiling water mixture. Add required amount of salt too.imageimage

19. When it starts boiling add ground powder, jaggery powder  and red chilli powder. Mix thoroughly and boil once again.image

20. Take one tbsp of besan flour and mix with little water to get thin paste.imageimage

21. Add this to the boiling mixture. Stir continuously for one minute and boil furthermore till nice consistency is achieved. Switch off the flame.imageimage

22. Now the gummadikaya dappalam is ready to serve. Transfer it into a serving bowl and serve hot with steamed rice.image


1. Addition of freshly roasted and ground coriander fenugreek seeds powder with asafoetida enhances the taste and gives mesmerizing flavour to the stew. Instead you can add homemade sambar powder too.

2. Usually we add asafoetida while preparing tempering, but in this recipe asafoetida is added while boiling stew as well as in the tempering. This gives very nice aroma to the stew/dappalam.

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