Savoury Pumpkin Bhaaji

Introduction: Savoury Pumpkin Bhaaji

As much as I'm obsessed with the sugary & baked pumpkin goods, this time I'm going to show you one of my favorite savoury pumpkin recipes. It's a quick, vegan-friendly, and most important, very scrumptious dish to prepare when you got fresh pumpkins on hand (the last thing to worry about during halloween month🎃)

You can use it as a sandwich spread, taco filling, nachos topping, have it as a side dish, with rice or flat breads...there is no one way to eat this yummy goodness.


The non-skippables :

  • ½ kg fresh pumpkin (peeled and diced into medium sized cubes)
  • 1 or 2 green chillies (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon grated coconut
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • ¼ cup water

The Can-be-skipped-but-why-would-I:

    • ½ tsp turmeric powder
    • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
    • a pinch of asafetida

    Step 1: Sautée

    • Heat cooking oil in a wok and add in the asafetida, cumin & mustard seeds. As the seeds start dancing in oil, throw in the chillies. Just kidding, put them in kindly or their seeds might pop back at ya like karma.. won't be a pretty sight, trust me.
    • Next go the onions. Sautée until they're soft & translucent. Mix in the turmeric powder, pumpkin and salt...give it a quick stir.

      Step 2: Steam-cook

      • Now we cook this until the pumpkin is soft. First, cover the wok with a steel plate and pour water over it.
      • Keep like this on low flame for around 15 minutes or until the water over the plate evaporates.

      Step 3: Garnish!

    • Remove the plate lid & mix in the coconut & cilantro.

    • Keep on medium flame without lid for 2 more minutes or until it looks like above (pic.2 & 3.)

      Quick tip: If you'd like to use this as a sandwich stuffing or spread this would be the perfect time to go ahead and mash it up!

      I served the pumpkin bhaaji with some hot puris (tasty whole-wheat flat bread, but deep fried. Let me know if you'd like an instructable on that one!)

      Hope you liked this recipe. If you did, don't forget to try it this season! I'd love to see your pictures :)

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        2 years ago

        perfect for a halloween snack!! 🎃

        Nikita Maree
        Nikita Maree

        2 years ago

        I love savoury dishes. I look forward to making this.