Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sweet , Sour & Spicy Kaddu / Yellow Pumpkin

Here comes another dish in my "Mom's Special " series . Kaddu or yellow pumpkin is a very integral part of any meal in my household, especially for puja's , festivals & for guest's when we cook a no onion -no garlic meal . Generally it is served as an accompaniment  with aloo -poori or just on it's own with paratha's. There is really something special in the way my mom cooks it -it is sweet , sour, hot & 
spicy all at the same time. Although I have been cooking it for years now but everytime I feel that I just cannot beat what my mom cooks. Here comes the recipe: can be cooked with onions or no onions -choice is your's............


1/2 kg yellow pumpkin ( peeled & chopped)
3-4 green chilli ( chopped)
2" piece of Ginger ( chopped)
1 onion ( chopped )( skip onion if you want a no onion vegetable)
1-2 whole  red chilli 
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds ( Methi seeds)
1/8th tsp Asafoetida powder ( Hing powder)
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chlli powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp mango powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp kasoori methi ( dried green methi leaves)
1 tablespoon sugar ( or sweetner of choice / I used agave nectar)
1-2 tablespoons oil


Start by heating oil in a pan or wok ( Kadhai) , add the methi seeds & let them brown ( make sure oil is not sizzling hot as the methi seeds will burn instantly)  now add red & green chilli, ginger, onion & hing powder & stir till the onions are slightly pink. Now add the pumpkin & saute  for 4-5 minutes till you see slight brown marks on the pumpkin . Add dry spices , turmeric, coriander , red chilli powder & salt to taste . Stir well & cover the dish with a lid. Simmer on low heat for 8-10 minutes/ add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the dish looks too dry . After 8-10 minutes check to see if the pumpkin is thoroughly cooked. 
Stir again thoroughly as wee need a mushy vegetable. Now add the sweetner, kasoori methi , mango powder & garam masala & give it a good stir. The dish is ready &  is best served with poori or a bread of your choice. 

Here it is served as an accompaniment  with aloo tamatar, methi poori, raita & red chilli pickle. 



  1. i usually make a simple stir fry with yellow punpkin, this sounds very delicious...lovely preparation...
    all the items in the platter are so tempting...well puffed methi poori!!

    Spicy Treats

  2. This is new to me... But looks awesome...beautiful click...

    Event: Dish name starts with M

  3. Yummy curry, luv the last pic delicious looking platter...

  4. This curry looks delectable. I don't have many pumpkin recipes on my hand right now. So this goes straight to my bookmarks. I will surely try this sometime soon :)

  5. this is so divine. i am feeling hungry now

  6. nice and delicious pumpkin curry,loved the clicks...

  7. curry looks so colorful and awesome.. nice clicks and neat presentation:)happy to follow u dear:)
    pls visit and join in my space:)

  8. Delicious n healthy curry,mouthwatering presentation.

  9. This is mouthwatering! I love kaddu and with poori and the rest of the accompaniments it is one delicious meal!

  10. 1st time here.. loved the simple pumpkin recipe! And the final Thaali pic is absolutely mouthwatering!

  11. First time and must say loved every second spent here,nice twist to the Pumpkin curry..Healthy indeed.... Final Thali is an heavenly delightful one.... Love to give a shot...Happy To Follow u....

    Njoy Cooking and Happy Blogging.....

  12. Looks incredible and super tempting..

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