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Mathanga Payasam-Pumpkin Kheer

Pumpkin kheer is a very popular traditional dessert.Thos is an ideal sweet dish to make on some special occasions and festivals.Traditionally pumpkin is cooked with cow peas,jaggery,grated coconut and flavoured with cardamom powder and fennel seed powder.
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 6 people


  • 2 cup Pumpkin cubes
  • 1 cup Ragi
  • 1 1/2 cup Cow peas soak overnight
  • 1 Grated coconut
  • 1 cup Jaggery powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seed powder
  • Salt pinch


  • Peel off the skin of pumpkin,remove the seeds and cut into small cubes.
  • Cook cow peas in 4 cup water with a pinch of salt for 3 whistles.
  • Add pumpkin cubes and pressure cook again for 2 whistles.
  • Grind ragi with little water to make a fine paste and add into the payasam.
  • Add powdered jaggery and let i boil.
  • Add grated coconut.
  • Combine well and cook again for 2-3 minutes.
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