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. nikita says:

    This looks so interesting, thanks for sharing! 🙂


    1. Megala says:

      Most welcome.

  2. da-AL says:

    am salivating just looking at this! looks wonderful & creamy!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much. 🙂

  3. Very very interesting, Megala. I cannot thank you enough for your organic ideas with such simple ingredients that are always in my fridge.

    1. Megala says:

      Glad you feel so, thanks.

  4. Very interesting Megala! Would love to try this! Great post!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

  5. Anna says:

    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. 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, some call this as winter melon. Thanks so much.

  6. miakouppa says:

    This sounds really interesting Megala! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Megala says:

      My pleasure ! 🙂

  7. Have only eaten the sweet/candy made out of it…..juice is new to me and would love to try it.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I love pumpkin candies too! Thanks.

  8. Awesome recipe!!! Thanks for posting !

    1. Megala says:

      Welcome! 🙂

  9. Sandhya says:

    What an informative post Megala!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  10. Rupali says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Megala says:

      Welcome !

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