Khataa Meetha Pethay ki Subzi (Sweet n Sour Pumpkin)

Pumpkin is one of the vegetable/fruit which is used in so many different ways.  Today I am going to make sweet and sour red pumpkin which can be enjoyed with chapati, puri or missi roti. I love this recipe just with plain boiled rice along with a salad.



  • Pumpkin (thinly sliced)
  • 2-3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • pinch of asafetida
  • 1-2 red whole chilli
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves chopped (skip this if making for Navratri)
  • ginger chopped
  • chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchoor
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • pinch of sugar
  • salt to taste


First of all peel the pumpkin and thinly slice the pumpkin.  Wash it and set aside.  In a pot, add olive oil and let it heat up a little.  Now add the asafetida, red whole chills.  As soon as it splutter, add all the seeds, which is mustard, cumin, and fenugreek.  Wait for them to crackle.  Make sure the garlic, ginger and green chilli are chopped n ready.  Add all of that and stir for a couple of minutes.  If making for Navratri, skip garlic.


At this time, add the sliced pumpkin and also add turmeric, red chilli powder, salt, garam masala and mix well.  Cover the pot so that the pumpkin can be cooked.


Uncover the pot and stir it in between.  Cook it covered until you see that pumpkin is softened.  After a few minutes, using the spatula or potato masher and mash the pumpkin well.



If needed add a teaspoon of oil and let it roast uncovered.  The more you roast the better it is.  Add amchoor, and mix it.  Before putting the pinch of sugar, you want to taste and check if the pumpkin is sweet already or not. If it is then don’t add sugar, if not then add the sugar to it.

Once done, add chopped cilantro and mix it.  If needed, garnish with more cilantro before serving.  Serve hot with a paratha, roti, puri.


If you like the recipe, please comment below after you give it a try and share it on Facebook.  Would like to hear from you. Your comments, likes, dislikes, matters to me.  Thank you for stopping by!!

Happy Cooking!!!!!!


P.S.  This can be made without garlic when observing Navratri.



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