Kumro’r Chokha (Pumpkin Stir Fry)


  • 600 gm ripe pumpkin
  • 300 gm potatoes
  • 20 gm desi chana, soaked overnight
  • 20 gm grated coconut
  • 12 gm ginger paste
  • 6 gm cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida powder
  • 50 ml mustard oil
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp panch phoran
  • 2 green chillies
  • 12 gm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Bhaja moshla
  • 1 tbsp ghee

Method –

  1. Cut the pumpkin and potatoes into 3cm cubes
  2. Make a paste of ginger paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and asafoetida powder
  3. Heat mustard oil in a wok
  4. Heat until it starts smoking and turns pale yellow
  5. Add the pumpkin and salt to taste
  6. Fry on medium heat until brown for 5 minutes
  7. Remove and set aside
  8. In the same oil, add dry red chillies, bay leaves and panch phoran
  9. Add the potatoes and fry till golden for about 5 minutes
  10. Add salt and soaked desi chana
  11. Add grated coconut
  12. Fry coconut till golden for about 2 minutes
  13. Add the spice paste
  14. Sauté for about 6 minutes till the raw smell goes away
  15. Add a splash of hot water
  16. Continue cooking covered till potatoes are soft
  17. Add the fried pumpkin
  18. Add chillies, salt to taste and sugar
  19. Cover and cook until vegetables are soft
  20. Turn off the heat
  21. Add Bhaja moshla and ghee

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