Mathanga Thoran – Pumpkin Stir Fry

post modified on June 6

Written by Puja

Matanga is a South Indian name for Pumpkin. And any vegetable that is stir fried along with grated coconut is called “Thoran” in Kerala. So that makes “Matanga Thoran” more or, less a Keralite dish.

Thoran is an authentic traditional side dish normally served along with Steamed rice. Since this dish that we are talking about today is made of Pumpkin, it has a mild sweet and salt taste. It is hence that the curry that you are serving along with rice, has to be a little spicy and that will make the combination of rice, curry and Mathanga thoran a simply irresistible one.

I love this Thoran, primarily because of the grated coconut used in it. It gives a nice taste to the dish. And since this one is a little easy to make, this makes a quick side dish for meals, especially for those days when you are really confused on what to make.

Let us jump straight in to the recipe..

mathanga thoran


pumpkin stir fry


pumpkin fry


mathanga thoran

Mathanga Thoran – Pumpkin Stir Fry

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Author: Puja


  • Pumpkin mathanga - 200 gm (cut into cubes)
  • Shallots small onion - 6 (thinly sliced)
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chili - 2 broken
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Coconut oil/ Cooking Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - as per the taste
  • For Coconut Mixture
  • Grated Coconut - 4-5 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder - 3/4 tsp


  • In a bowl, mix grated coconut, turmeric powder and red chili powder together and set aside.
  • Gently peel off the outer skin, remove seeds from inside and cut into ¼ - inch cubes (or any other shape and size).
  • Wash the pumpkin and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan or kadhai.
  • Add mustard seeds.
  • When they start spluttering add whole dry red chili and urad dal and saute on a low heat until they turn light brown.
  • Now add curry leaves and saute for few seconds.
  • Add onion slices and fry on a medium to low heat until golden color.
  • Add pumpkin pieces and salt. Mix well.
  • Cover with a tight lid and cook on a medium to low heat until it gets cooked. (keep stirring in between)
  • Once it gets cooked add the coconut mixture to it and mix well.
  • Cook for another 4-5 minutes stirring in between, without covering with lid. Turn off the gas.
  • Serve as a side dish along with rice.
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