Sri Lankan Winter Melon/Ash Guard Curry පුහුල් පොල් ව්‍යාන්ජනය


The curry I am sharing today is so delectable and I truly think that it is one of the best winter melon or ash guard curry recipe found in Sri Lankan cuisine. It is a popular side dish in villages in Sri Lanka as it is widely available there, but even if you are living in towns in Sri Lanka, you can still buy these if you go to farmers markets. If this vegetable is new to you, don’t be afraid to try it out. The taste of it is amazing when cooked and you won’t regret it.

I remember my mom used to go to Asian stores to buy these vegetables many years ago. Luckily, many big super stores started selling more of Asian vegetables during past decade and I can buy this particular vegetable whenever I like to.



  • 300 g of Ash Guard – cut in to pieces
  • ½ of a medium size onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp of scraped coconut
  • 1 tbsp of rice grain
  • ½ tsp of mustard seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp of row curry powder
  • ¼ tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp of red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp of Maldives fish
  • 1 1/2cup of thin coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of thick coconut milk
  • Some curry leaves
  • Salt to taste


To start, grind coconut, mustard, rice and garlic together. Keep it a side. Now, on medium heat, boil the ash guard pieces in thin coconut milk with all the spices, green chilli, Maldives fish,  cinnamon stick and curry leaves. Once the ash guard pieces are boiled, add the mixture you made in the beginning. Add some salt. Mix everything well and add thick coconut milk. Mix again and let everything cook together. Taste and adjust salt if necessary.

Enjoy !



    • Your words are always very kind and do you know that I mixed up your blog with someone else and I kept looking for it hours as I forgot the name of it. I got a clue as you mentioned you ate lots of biryani when you visited Sri Lanka. I just needed to open up about it. Kind words can do marvellous things. 🙂


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