Mathanga -Payar Thoran / Pumpkin & Green gram stir fry

A Kerala style side dish for rice , Addition of pumpkin to dal / Green gram makes it extra nutritious.
That bright orange color in Pumpkin is from a component called Beta-carotene – which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. 
Vitamin A supports Vision and over all health , and are recommended specially for breast feeding mothers. 
For more Beta Carotene , Look for Fruits & Vegetables which are orange in color,
example : Mango , Carrot , cantaloupe & Apricots. 
Pumpkin – 1 cup cubed 
Moong dal / Green Gram – 1/2 cup ( uncooked )
Onion – 1 medium chopped
Garlic – 2 to 3 no’s crushed 
Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup 
Coconut Oil – 2 Tb sp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chili Powder – 2 tsp (Adjust as per your tolerance level) 
Salt to taste 
Curry Leaves – 1 spring (I didn’t use) 
*Wash and cook the green gram with enough water , till almost done.
 (Avoid cooking the same in a pressure cooker as then it may get over cooked) 
*When almost done add the cubed pumpkin and salt , cover and cook till everything is nicely cooked. 
* In an other pan , heat oil and add crushed garlic , saute for few seconds and add chopped onion and saute till onion looks golden brown, add turmeric powder and red chili powder and curry leaves (if using) and stir.
* Add the cooked dal/grams and pumpkin and stir till well combined , add in the grated coconut and stir again.
* Saute till everything is well combined and looks dry.

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