Pumpkin Bharta Recipe | Indian Mashed Pumpkin

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Get ready for a taste adventure with Pumpkin Bharta! This amazing dish mixes the sweet pumpkin flavor with exciting spices.

I’ll guide you through simple steps to make this delicious dish.

It’s a flavor explosion in every bite! Let’s get cooking!

Pumpkin Bharta

Key Takeaways:

  • Flavor Fusion: Pumpkin Bharta mixes sweet pumpkin with exciting spices for a thrilling taste.
  • Simple Cooking Steps: Follow easy instructions for a delicious outcome in every bite.
  • Cooking Process: Fry, sauté, and blend ingredients carefully to create the perfect bharta.
  • Expert Tips: Handle hot oil cautiously, prefer frying over boiling, blend flavors well, mix ingredients thoroughly, and add raw mustard oil for an extra taste boost.

The Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin: 500 gm (sliced & cleaned)
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard oil: 2 ½ tbsp
  • Dry red chilis: 3 pieces
  • Onion: 1 piece (sliced)
  • Garlic: 7 to 8 cloves
  • Green chilis: 6 pieces

Pumpkin Bharta Ingredients

How to Make Pumpkin Bharta (Step by Step with Images)

1. Take 500 gm of pumpkin and slice it into thin pieces.

Pumpkin slice

2. Take a wok and heat 1 tbsp of oil.

Heating oil

3. Add the pumpkin pieces and a pinch of salt. Cover and fry them over medium heat.

(Expert tip: Be very careful while adding anything into the hot oil.)

Adding pumpkin pieces, pinch of salt and frying

4. Uncover the wok and flip the pumpkin pieces to ensure both sides are evenly fried. Remember to cover while frying. Remove them from the oil when they are done.

Flipping the pumpkin pieces

5. In the same wok, add 1 tbsp of oil. Put in the 3 dry red chilis and sauté them for a few minutes. Remove them when they’re done.

Frying dried red chili

6. Add the sliced onion and sauté it for a few minutes.

Adding the sliced onion and sautéing

7. When the onions are fried, add 7 to 8 cloves of garlic and stir-fry them for a while.

Adding cloves of garlic and stir-frying

8. Toss in the 6 pieces of chopped green chilis. Once all the ingredients are properly stir-fried, remove them when done.

Tossing in chopped green chilis

9. Now, take less than ½ tbsp of salt and use it to crush the fried red chilis.

Crush fried red chilis with salt

10. Smash the garlic cloves in the same way. Smash the fried pumpkins too.

(Expert tip: If you want, you can boil the pumpkin for this, but it won’t taste as good as frying.)

Mashing garlic, cloves and fried pumpkins

11. After the pumpkins are smashed, add all the ingredients, including the chilis and garlic, mix them thoroughly.

Mashing pumpkin with all the ingredients

12.Add less than ½ tbsp of salt and mix it in well.

(Expert tip: Better mixing results in a much better taste.)

Adding salt and mixing it in well

13. Finally, drizzle ½ tbsp of raw mustard oil into the mixture and mix everything thoroughly.

(Expert tip: Raw mustard oil enhances the taste.)

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Adding raw mustard oil into the mixture

14. Your Pumpkin Bharta is ready.

Pumpkin Bharta is ready

Pro Tips for Making Pumpkin Bharta

Careful with Hot Oil: When adding ingredients to hot oil, be cautious to prevent splattering. It’s best to cover the pan while frying to avoid any oil spills.

Frying vs. Boiling: Frying the pumpkin enhances its flavor and texture significantly compared to boiling. While boiling is an option, frying brings out the best taste.

Blend Flavors Smartly: Crushing fried red chilis and garlic creates a flavorful mix. Smashing the fried pumpkin pieces allows them to blend seamlessly with other ingredients for a tastier outcome.

The Mixing Technique: Thoroughly mixing all the components ensures every bite bursts with delightful flavors. Take your time to blend everything evenly for the best taste.

Enhance with Raw Mustard Oil: Adding raw mustard oil at the end enhances the overall taste of Pumpkin Bharta. It contributes an extra layer of flavor that elevates the dish.

Perfect Pairings: Pumpkin Bharta pairs wonderfully with roti, paratha, or rice. Its sweet and spicy blend of dry red chilies, garlic, and onion makes it an ideal side dish for various meals.

Master these tips to create a Pumpkin Bharta that’s bursting with flavors, making every dining experience a delightful one!

What to Serve with Pumpkin Bharta?

Serving Pumpkin Bharta with steamed rice

Roti: Soft, unleavened Indian bread, is an ideal companion to Pumpkin Bharta. Its neutral taste complements the flavorful dish, allowing you to savor the rich flavors of both.

Paratha: Another fantastic choice! This layered and flaky Indian bread adds a delightful texture to your meal and pairs wonderfully with the sweet and spicy notes of the Pumpkin Bharta.

Rice: Steamed white or brown rice provides a comforting base for Pumpkin Bharta. It absorbs the delicious flavors and spices, creating a satisfying meal combination.

Accompaniments: To enhance your dining experience, consider serving some yogurt or raita (yogurt-based condiment) alongside. Their cooling effect balances the spiciness of the dish.

Fresh Salad: A simple salad with cucumber, tomatoes, and onions, dressed lightly with lemon juice or a tangy vinaigrette, can add a refreshing contrast to the robust flavors of the Pumpkin Bharta.

Choose from these delectable options to create a well-rounded meal that perfectly complements the flavorful and spicy profile of Pumpkin Bharta!

How Does Pumpkin Bharta Taste?

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Flavor Harmony: Pumpkin Bharta achieves a harmonious balance between the inherent sweetness of pumpkin and an enticing blend of spices.

Sweet and Spicy Fusion: It offers a unique combination of sweet pumpkin flavor and a delightful infusion of spices, predominantly from dry red chilies, garlic, and onion.

Sensory Experience: Each bite is a sensory delight, presenting a medley of flavors that mingle and dance on your taste buds.

Vibrant and Zesty: The dish exudes a vibrant and zesty profile, characterized by the warmth of spices complementing the comforting taste of pumpkin.

Balanced Taste: The spices add a pleasant kick to the dish without overshadowing the natural sweetness of the pumpkin, resulting in a well-balanced and enjoyable flavor profile.

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Aromatic Appeal: The aromatic quality of the spices enhances the overall taste, creating an appealing and lingering flavor experience.

Complementary Flavors: The combination of ingredients works seamlessly, contributing to a sensational taste that leaves a pleasant aftertaste, inviting you to savor each bite.

In summary, Pumpkin Bharta presents a unique and flavorful experience, blending sweet pumpkin goodness with a spicy and aromatic ensemble of spices, making it a delightful addition to any meal.

Pumpkin Bharta Alternatives

Baingan Bharta: An eggplant-based dish where roasted eggplant is mashed and cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices. It has a smoky taste and pairs wonderfully with various bread types or rice.

Aloo Bharta: Mashed potatoes seasoned with spices, onions, and sometimes green chilis. It’s a comforting dish often served with roti or paratha.

Matar Bharta: Peas cooked and mashed with spices, tomatoes, and onions. It’s a flavorful side dish that goes well with roti or naan.

Palak Bharta: Spinach leaves cooked and mashed with spices, garlic, and onions. It’s a nutritious and tasty dish served with roti or rice.

Chana Bharta: Mashed chickpeas cooked with tomatoes, onions, and spices. It’s a hearty dish rich in flavor, often enjoyed with bread or rice.

Recipe Card

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Pumpkin Bharta | Indian Mashed Pumpkin

By Mita Mondal
Pumpkin Bharta is a savory Indian side dish made by blending mashed pumpkin with aromatic spices like garlic, onions, dry red chilies, and mustard oil, creating a flavorful and slightly spicy dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 133 kcal


  • 500 grams Pumpkin (sliced & cleaned)
  • 2½ tbsp Mustard oil
  • 3 pieces Dry red chili
  • 1 piece Onion (Finely sliced)
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 6 pieces Green chili
  • Salt to taste


  • Prepare the Pumpkin: Slice 500 grams of pumpkin into thin pieces.
  • Fry the Pumpkin: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok. Add pumpkin slices and a pinch of salt. Cover and fry them on medium heat until golden. Be cautious when adding to hot oil.
  • Sauté Spices: Remove fried pumpkin. In the same wok, add another tablespoon of oil. Sauté 3 dry red chilis until fragrant. Then add sliced onion and cook until slightly golden.
  • Infuse Flavors: Stir in 7 to 8 cloves of garlic and chopped green chilis. Cook until aromatic.
  • Blend Ingredients: Crush the fried red chilis and garlic with less than ½ tablespoon of salt. Mash the fried pumpkin pieces too.
  • Combine & Season: Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, including the mashed chilis, garlic, and pumpkin. Add less than ½ tablespoon of salt for taste.
  • Enhance with Mustard Oil: Drizzle ½ tablespoon of raw mustard oil into the mixture and stir everything well.


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Oil Temperature: Ensure the oil is at the right temperature before adding ingredients. Hot oil helps in achieving a crispy texture while frying the pumpkin slices. Be cautious to prevent oil splatter.
Even Frying: Flip the pumpkin pieces while frying to ensure both sides cook evenly. Covering the wok while frying helps in cooking the pumpkin thoroughly.
Aromatic Infusion: Sautéing dry red chilis, onion, garlic, and green chilis separately allows each ingredient to release its unique aroma and flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
Mashing Technique: Properly crush the fried red chilis, garlic cloves, and smashed pumpkin to create a cohesive blend of flavors. This step ensures a well-incorporated mixture.
Mixing Consistency: Thoroughly combine all the ingredients to ensure every bite carries the balanced flavors. Better mixing results in a uniform taste throughout the dish.
Mustard Oil Addition: Drizzling raw mustard oil at the end brings an additional layer of pungent flavor to the Bharta. It's essential for enhancing the overall taste profile.
Serve Fresh: Pumpkin Bharta tastes best when served immediately after preparation. However, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two and reheated before serving.
Adaptation: While frying is recommended for optimal taste, boiling the pumpkin can be an alternative method. However, note that the frying method yields a more flavorful outcome.
Pairing Suggestions: Experiment with various bread like roti, paratha, or different types of rice to find the best pairing that suits your taste preferences. Additionally, consider accompanying it with yogurt or a fresh salad for a balanced meal.

Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Bharta | Indian Mashed Pumpkin
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Pumpkin bharta is a sweet and spicy side dish that pairs excellently with roti, paratha, or rice.

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The combination of dry red chilies, garlic, and onion imparts a delightful spiciness and flavor.

Pumpkin cooks quickly and yields a wonderful and perfect taste.

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