A few days back, Amma told me that she had prepared Moong Dal payasam to beat the heat. Though summer is still a long way for us in this part of the world, I had an urge to have this kheer. Does it happen to you too? You hear of some nice recipe and you have an unstoppable urge to make it and taste it. Ya, I gave in to that urge and the result was this payasam. But I had already posted Moong Dal Kheer. So when I found some cubed pumpkin in the freezer, I knew what to make!! Just as I had imagined, the combo was too good to pass!  So this is for Day 6 of BM #5.

Moong Dal-Pumpkin Kheer

This forms part of the menu for 'Design A Menu -3' happening here in Tamalapaku.

Ingredients -

Moong Dal/Pesara Pappu 1/2 cup
Pumpkin (Red), peeled and cubed 1 cup (Butternut Squash can also be used)
Sugar 1/2 cup (or more as per taste)
Cardamom Powder 1/4 tsp
Milk 3 cups
Nuts for garnish

Method Of Preparation -

Wash moong dal and add the cubed pumpkin to it. Add adequate water and pressure cook the combination.

After the pressure cooker is safe to be opened, mash the contents with a masher or by using the back of a ladle.

In a separate non stick sauce pan, boil milk while continuously stirring and add the boiled and mashed moong dal-pumpkin mixture.

Moong Dal-Pumpkin Kheer

Keep stirring and add sugar. After about 5-6 min when the mixture starts to thicken, add the cardamom powder and remove from fire.

Garnish with nuts of your choice and enjoy.

If you have missed any of the previous desserts which I posted during this marathon here they are ..

Day 5 Barley Pudding ~ Barley Kheer
Day 4 Sweet Potato Laddu | Sweet Potato Halwa 
Day 3 Sorrakaya-Carrot Payasam ~ Doodhi Carrot Kheer 
Day 2 Khoya - Sesame Laddu 
Day 1 Beerakaya Payasam ~ Ridge Gourd Kheer

Take a look at what my fellow BM#5 marathoners are cooking ..
Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Priya SureshSrivalliUsha
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Vardhini,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: SumaVeena
Seven Days of Regional Specials: AarthiKalyaniPavaniShylaja
Summer Coolers: PJ,  Vaishali
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast: Sushma Pinjala

Preparation Time 30-35 min
Makes 3 cups


  1. I am having the urge this week, looking and reading all the kheer recipes you and suma are posting.

  2. oh dear...all the kheers are amazing..have been loving them!!

  3. Aarthi Says:
  4. this looks so yummy

  5. Vardhini Says:
  6. Nice collection of kheers .. the pot looks so cool. :)


  7. Pavani Says:
  8. Suma and you are on a roll, making these delicious and interesting kheers. I would never have thought of this combination, but it looks too delicious.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Thats soo unique and interesting kheer, cant take my eyes from the clicks..

  11. Niru Says:
  12. how could you manage to cook so delicious daily..i envy you..wish i could eat the kheer right away...

  13. A really awesome dish...love the flavors..

    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

  14. delicious looking healthy kheer

  15. looks yummy.....

  16. Love that colour!!!! Yummy Kheer!!!

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. the combo sounds just yumm..

  19. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  20. Very interesting combo of moong and pumpkin,kudos to u for being so innovative.

  21. Chitra Says:
  22. Lovely kheer. nice color :)

  23. Shylaja Says:
  24. Lovely combination.Looks so delicious and yummy.Loved all your kheers
    South Indian Recipes

  25. Looks very pleasant.I can imagine the taste too!

  26. Suma Gandlur Says:
  27. Very colorful. I think we (atleast me) could have gone for months, if given only the option of kheers.

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