White Pumpkin Juice

Spiritual leaders in India used to stress the importance of including white pumpkin into our diet regularly as it is considered Saatvik (meaning ethical, pure & vital) conducive for practicing yoga & meditation. Food plays an important role in achieving deep meditation because each food generates different effects on different parts of our brain. Saatvik food, esp. white pumpkin juice, is recommended to calm the mind and to experience meditation.

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Ash gourd aka vellai poosanikai

White pumpkin (ash gourd, vellai poosanikai, thadiyangai, or parangikai) attains a special status in our culture because people believe that it attracts positive energy and also repels negative energy. So we hang white pumpkin outside the newly built house, or establishment to ward off negative energy such as dhrishti (evil eye), etc.

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White pumpkin

Ayurvedic properties of white pumpkin:

  • Taste (Rasa): Sweet (mathura)
  • Qualities (Guna):  Light to digest (laghu)
  • Potency (Veerya): Cold (Sheeta), so we should avoid taking this during monsoon or winter.
  • Action (Karma):  Balances pitta & vata and increases kapha.
  • Benefits: Improves intelligence (medhya), vitality and immunity (balya).

Health benefits:

Generally, we prepare juice using fruits & vegetables that have more water content. According to the Indian Food Composition Table published by the Government of India, 100 grams of ash gourd contains 92 grams of water, 0.8 gram of protein, 3.5 grams of dietary fibre and 3 grams of carbs. So ash gourd is mainly useful for people on weight loss diet. Also it is beneficial to keep the children’s brain active & make them attentive particularly for slow learners. Now let’s prepare vellai poosanikai juice:

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White pumpkin juice

Ingredients:

  1. White pumpkin (ash gourd/ vellai poosanikai/ parangikai)
  2. Peppercorns as needed
  3. A pinch of rock salt.

How to prepare white pumpkin juice:

  • Extract pumpkin juice using juice extractor.
  • Pour through a sieve.
  • Add freshly ground peppercorns & rock salt.
  • Stir until salt is dissolved.
  • Serve immediately.
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How to prepare white pumpkin juice

Tweaks:

  • We can replace black pepper with white pepper for a whiter juice.
  • For children we can replace rock salt with honey.
  • We can add buttermilk or lemon juice to enhance the flavor.
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Buttermilk or lemon juice for adding tangy flavor
  • We can sprinkle cumin powder, or chaat masala before serving.
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Roasted cumin seeds powder or chaat masala as a garnish

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    1. As far as flavour is concerned, it is like a cucumber but has the texture similar to water melon, sounds interesting, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ Hope you get a chance to try this, thanks so much!

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  2. Wow, I need to hunt down some white pumpkins so I can make this too! It sounds like a wonderfully refreshing drink for summer, and so healthy.

  3. Thanks for sharing this very interesting information about white pumpkin! The inside looks similar to a winter gourd which is used often in Asian cultures to make soups. πŸ™‚

  4. I was not aware of white pumpkin, and now I’m really curious to try. It looks refreshing and it’s interesting that it makes children more active. If it works for adults too, I definitely need to try πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Laura! It acts like caffeine stimulating the brain and keeps one alert & awake. Nevertheless it keeps one calm & composed but not edgy unlike caffeine. So do try it and see for yourself. πŸ™‚

    1. You are welcome ! By the way, may I know whether you are interested in mediation? πŸ™‚

        1. Yes, I guessed it ! πŸ™‚ I am yet to experience deep meditation, and I hope it will happen to me someday. πŸ™‚

  5. WOWWWW
    I thought based on the title it was literally a white pumpkin hahaa!
    You know what? My mom grows these and there are three of them hanging in our garden haha! πŸ˜›
    They are apparently very good for gas, as in for the stomach!
    Very interesting to see a juice made of it! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Doni. This juice is actually intended to include in a yogic diet. Adding buttermilk & cumin powder would largely reduce the gas formation, hope you would like to try this. πŸ™‚

      1. Really? That’s so interesting! πŸ™‚ Mom just made this vegetable curry today haha πŸ˜› I didn’t know there would be a drink out of this veggie, but people do make it as sweets where they dry it and sugar it.

        1. Yes, we do make sweets, curries, salads, etc., but taking juice is the best way to enjoy its benefits to the fullest.

  6. Hi Megala. Is it a pumpikin or cantalope? So unique looking. And mixing all the flavors in, wow, thanks for teaching us something so new and unique.

    1. Thanks for reading this post. Some call this as winter melon (may be because of the snowy coating), though it is used in summer ! The only similarity between pumpkin & this gourd is that their seeds look similar. Since it is coated with a thin layer of white ash, it is also known as ash gourd, wax gourd, or white gourd. But is definitely not like a cantaloupe.

  7. Very healthy juice. I have tried this juice on my college days. It will promotes weight lose and good for health. Thanks for remembering me.

    1. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with this juice. May I know your way of preparation? or is it the same?

    1. This is quite different from orange pumpkin, it has no flavor or taste, but is firm-fleshed. It is also called as white gourd, ash gourd, or wax gourd. I wish you could find this in your neighborhood itself. Thanks dear friend !

      1. I’m going to try πŸ™‚ I’ll be traveling tomorrow, and I pass several farms, and produce stores. Hopefully one of them will have it :):) thank you my friend for the extra names that it might be called. That will be a great help too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

          1. Thank you Megala. It was a safe trip πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sadly traffic was so heavy, making it longer than the usual 8 hours so I didn’t attempt to stop and find my treat πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ hopefully it won’t be so congested Monday, and I can make stops.

  8. Such a wonderful, informative share as always! I have never tried this, but your post makes me want to go to the grocery store right now!❀

  9. We are so connected! I’ve never listened about Ayurvedic until last week and I immediately was curious and looked for it on the web. I’m so glad and happy that I’m following you! When reading your post, I immediately felt that you are in my life to show more about how the food we eat is so important for our spiritual being. Thank you!!

    1. I’m delighted to hear this. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. That’s great to know the different ways to have this juice. The buttermilk and pumpkin juice option sounds delicious..Wonderful share as always!

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