White Pumpkin Juice

Spiritual leaders in India used to stress the importance of including white pumpkin in 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 the brain. Saatvik food is recommended to calm the mind and to experience meditation.


White pumpkin (ash gourd, vellai poosanikai, thadiyangai, or parangikai) attains a special status in our culture because it is believed to attract positive energy and also to repel negative energy. So white pumpkin is usually hung outside the newly built house, or establishment to ward off negative energy such as dhrishti (evil eye), etc.


Ayurvedic properties of white pumpkin:

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

White pumpkin juice is beneficial to keep the children’s brain active & make them attentive particularly for slow learners. Now let’s prepare vellai poosanikai juice:

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

Tweaks : 

  • We may use honey instead of rock salt and add buttermilk or lemon juice to enhance the flavor.
  • We can sprinkle cumin powder, or chaat masala before serving.


114 Comments Add yours

  1. Christy B says:

    Thank you for educating me on white pumpkin!

    1. Megala says:

      My pleasure! 🙂

  2. Really wonderful & refreshing recipe…thanks for sharing.

    1. Megala says:

      Most welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. You are welcome too!….let us stay associated.

      2. Megala says:

        Sure, will do!

  3. My Real Dish says:

    Looks so tasty! I’ve never heard of white pumpkin! How does the flavor compare to a regular orange pumpkin.

    1. Megala says:

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

  4. gohealthy says:

    One of the simplest and healthiest drinks ever! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is. Thank you.

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  6. Useful info 👌

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  7. Julie Zimmer says:

    Wow! I hope I can find some white pumpkin here in Switzerland. This sounds amazing!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is really worth the try. Thank you.

  8. 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.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it surely is ! Thank you.

  9. Great and pumpkin sure has these medicinal properties. My husband used to have this juice every day as he was having prostrate problems. Thanks

    1. Megala says:

      Oh, nice. Thanks so much.

  10. Have heard so much about the benefits of white pumpkins and this sounds absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing:-)

    1. Megala says:

      Glad you liked this post, thank you.

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