Red Pumpkin Bharta

24 Mar

Red Pumpkin Bharta

Red pumpkin bharta is a dry preparation of pumpkin, a simpler version of red pumpkin curry with stronger notes of mustard oil.

Unlike traditional bharta (mashed vegetables) like baingan bharta, this one does not use boiled/roasted vegetables as its base. Pumpkin cooks quickly and mashes easily without pre-treatment. This is also a chunky bharta instead of a typically smooth one, which works well with pumpkin.

The deal here is in the style of cutting the pumpkin. We need the julienne cut. Use a good knife and a strong arm. Once you have the julienned pumpkin ready, cooking red pumpkin bharta is a matter of a few minutes.

Red pumpkin bharta tastes so good, the effort of cutting feels totally worth it.

Red Pumpkin Bharta

You Need:

  • Red pumpkin – 400 grams
  • Jaggery – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt – to taste
  • Red chili flakes – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Panch phoron* – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

*Panch phoron is a mix of five whole spices (fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, fennel seeds), typically used in Bengali cuisine. If you don’t have panch phoron on hand, use a combination of the ingredients in the list that you do have.

How To Make Red Pumpkin Bharta:

Cut red pumpkin into thick juliennes.

Red Pumpkin Julienne

Heat a tablespoon of mustard oil in a pan.

When the oil is smoking hot, add to it panch phoron, followed by asafoetida.

Add red chili flakes next, and then tip in julienned red pumpkin.

Red Pumpkin Bharta, Cooking 1

Cook the pumpkin on medium-high flame for 5 minutes. Add salt and jaggery.

Red Pumpkin Bharta, Cooking 2

Stir and cook for another 5-6 minutes, or till the pumpkin strips start to lose shape and meld together. When that happens, it is time to halt cooking. Red pumpkin bharta is now ready.

Red Pumpkin Bharta

Serve red pumpkin bharta on the side with chapatis/parathas and a curry like channa masala or tomato toor dal.

Red Pumpkin Bharta

3 Responses to “Red Pumpkin Bharta”

  1. pr May 25, 2015 at 5:45 PM #

    Good recipes.
    But I have one suggestion. Please use new, clean kadhais for clicking pics during cooking. I find it gross to see pics of food in old , rusty kadhais :)

    • S May 25, 2015 at 6:32 PM #

      Thanks pr.
      [My loyal old kadhai shed a tear]

  2. S July 10, 2016 at 2:16 PM #

    Here’s a new pic. Meal today (clockwise from top): red pumpkin bharta, ginger chutney, sliced tomatoes, chapati, tadka dahi, toor dal.

    Red Pumpkin Bharta, Tadka Dahi, Toor Dal

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