Wednesday, 23 October 2013

It's Fall...time for a pumpkin Sabji - Kola nu Shaak ( Kaddu ki Sabji ) Rajsthani style

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

Autumn is here and settled nicely after glorious summer we had in the UK..Sky is turning grey, days are getting shorter, darker and cooler. Took some time but now we are getting used to this change..already put away shorts, skirts and sandals and ready to put on new jumpers, gloves and scarfs. Time to say good bye to chilled drinks, cold salads and ice creams and welcoming hearty and warm soups, hot curries ,daals and sometimes hot hot fried snacks !!!

While deciduous trees are shed their orange and brown leaves , fall's favourite ingredient pumpkin with rich and nutty flavour, enters into markets and in our kitchens. In food blogging world and food magazines are flooded with recipes of savoury pumpkin soups to pumpkin sweets .

I, also bought a pumpkin and made few dishes, but here I wanted to post something different than just pumpkin soup and cakes. I was scratching my head, and here comes help from hubby..he reminded me that I haven't made recently my mum's favourite "Kola nu Shaak"  and also he asked if I have posted a recipe for it yet ?

Kolu, Kola or Kaddu translates Pumpkin.

This pumpkin sabji, was never in my top list, till my kids and hubby enjoyed a lot. I always tried to get away from it in my childhood, so even after I got married I didn't bring on our dining table. Once I was reading a health magazine, there was one article suggesting that we must eat pumpkin, broccoli and spinach at least once a week...I grabbed the phone and quickly asked my mum for this recipe. I wasn't sure how my family will react, I knew I won't eat it..and waited for the rests reaction !

My daughter who was at that time so fussy about any veg, approved this dish first :)..hubby and son never ever dislike any veg or my cooking..automatically I enjoyed this sabji too , since then it's been a regular in our kitchen !

This particular kaddu ki sabji is from Rajsthan..little tangy, spicy and mildly sweet sabji ,goes well with roti or puri. If you had enough of pumpkin soup and sweets try this sabji..!

You will need :-
  • 500 g peeled and cubed pumpkin
  • 3-4 tbsp. oil
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. methi seeds ( fenugreek )
  • Pinch of hing ( asafoetida )
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dhana jeera powder ( cumin and coriander powder )
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp amchoor powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp jaggery or brown sugar
  • handful fresh finely chopped coriander

Mehod :-
Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, after they crackle add cumin and methi seeds.
Now add dry red chillies and hing.
After few seconds add cubed pumpkin and stir well.
Cook at least five minutes and add other masala powders along with jaggery and amchoor powder.
Once again mix well and cook another 2-3 minutes.
Add enough water to cook the pumpkin, I needed more than a cup, depend how much gravy you want. I like this sabji with lots of gravy.
Cook till sabji is well cooked but not mushy. ( It will take 20-22 minutes )
Garnish with coriander and serve with hot Rotis.
Enjoy !!

Happy Cooking :)
Linking it to Made with love Mondays ! Let's Cook with Pumpkin and Flavours of USA & Canada


  1. Looks yummy.. I'll make it for myself.. hubby doesn't like pumpkin.

  2. Beautifully made pumpkin sabzi...I can tell it is delicious. The clicks are lovely, and I love it that the pumpkins don't looked mashed up.

  3. Delicious and lovely looking pumpkin subzi. Simply droolworthy.

  4. Pumpkin is the sweetest veggie i know.When you add it to your cooking its a heaven.Lovely subji.

  5. Delicious pumpkin subzi..Can have rite now with some rice..

  6. I love the idea of a pumpkin curry - so much more original than a soup or bread! And to me, pumpkin by itself never has the best flavor, so I love the addition of spice...

  7. Will be sure to make this- totally my kind of sabji, and we have pumpkins aplenty this year. This is bound to please my husband too- thanks so much :)

  8. Sabji looks very delicious.. love to have with some hot roti's..

  9. wow .. they look gorgeous and super tempting

  10. Lovely recipe thanks for sending it to my events.

  11. One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkins. Great recipe!

  12. What a great way to use pumpkin. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  13. This meal looks so delicious and comforting! Need to try it this autumn!

  14. I just love pumpkin recipes, sweet and savory - I'll have to give this a try!


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