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Kaddu Ki Subji (pumpkin)

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In this dish, the slightly sweet flavor of the pumpkin is offset by the heat from the chillies and the tanginess from the raw mango powder. Serve it with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread).


  • 500 gms pumpkin seeds removed, cut into 1" cubes (keep or remove skin as you prefer)
  • 2 large onions sliced thinly
  • 3 tbsps finely chopped garlic
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp raw mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a flat pan and add the cumin and fenugreek seeds and fry till spluttering stops.
  • Add the dry red chillies and fry for half a minute.
  • Add the garlic and onions and fry till onion is soft.
  • Add the powdered spices and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin, sugar and season with salt. Mix well.
  • Cook till pumpkin is soft. Sprinkle with a little water only if needed.
  • Serve with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread).
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 5 out of 5
I just ate the whole thing! Very simple to make., Member Worfie500

I'm always afraid of anything with fenugreek, it is such a powerful spice and I have never enjoyed it, but I wanted to try something different/a different indian pumpkin dish. I was was not even convince while it was cooking that I'd like it. I never use salt while cooking and find all of the indian dishes I have made so far need the ""zing"" of either lime or lemon juice. I tried it ""plain"" - dull. I sprinkled some salt and lime juice - excellent! I followed the recipe except for the following changes: 1. no salt; 2. no oil - just use water; 3. I had some not yet dried red chilis from my garden, used instead of dried; 4. I used sucranant (?) sugar; and being I was too impatient to wait, 5.started to mash up the pumpkin as it was cooking, not to mush, but chunky. Without the oil this is an enjoyable, low fat, low calorie and satisfying meal.

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