Pumpkin Stir fry, Tava fry & Fibre Chutney [No Coconut recipe]

Pumpkin day today in my blog!! So those who love them, this day is dedicated to you and those who hate, be sure to try out these recipes and who knows, you might also start loving this beautiful veggie… The pick of the day is the Pumpkin Fibre Chutney (without coconut as i had promised!) which is so yummy and filled with nutrients that you might even start buying pumpkins only for the fibre(haha! You never know!)..

             Last week during grocery shopping, i was on a spree to buy veggies of all sorts.. Just loved the look of my cart with all those beautiful looking vegetables.. So ended up buying ash gourd, ridge gourd (To make my fav chutney with its peels!), yam, snake gourd, radish,capsicum,carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, the usual tomatoes, onions and of course… Pumpkin!! It was such a pretty lil (actually a lil big!) thing lying there and seemed like was waiting for me.. So could not resist and finally added to my shopping cart..

Apt for the time, there came a theme in my fav food group saying “1 Veggie, Variety Dishes”… After a brain (w)racking session with all the veggies i had, i finally chose Pumpkin to be that ‘Variety dish’ veggie.. This was a vegetable with which i make only stir fry and nothing else.. So wanted to challenge myself and find something new with it.. I am very lucky to have this book by Jayashree Prabhu called “Oopkaries” which gives me a list of all sorts of possible recipes with any veggie i want..

Just sat with it for a while and decided the menu.. A stir fry (To be on the safe side in case the others don’t come out good!) , A Tava fry (Looked like a simple recipe..) and a chutney with its fibres.. Although i was happy with the first two recipes from the book, the chutney recipe had coconut as a main ingredient which i wanted to avoid if i could.. There came my dear google search (always handy!) and i was so happy to find this wonderful recipe which was first on the list.. As they say, First impression is the Best impression.. So went ahead with this recipe and it came out super yum…

Finally after all this chatter, i guess its high time i start giving you recipes before you get bored.. So do try all three of them together for a meal with rice and enjoy a “Pumpkin Day” like me!!

Health Benefits of Pumpkins: Contains Beta Carotene (converted into Vitamin A in the body) which is essential for Eye health,Immune boosting powers and has been linked to preventing coronary heart disease..


Adapted from the book: “Oopkaries” by Jayashree V Prabhu

3/4 of a Medium sized Pumpkin
1 Tbsp grated Jaggery
Salt to taste

For Seasoning:
1/2 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
A sprig of Curry Leaves
A Pinch of Asafoetida/Hing
3 Green Chillies

1. Remove peels and fibre from the pumpkin as shown and chop them into bite size cubes.. Keep aside..
Note: Remember to save the fibre and seeds for the chutney!

2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds..

3. When they splutter, add curry leaves, hing and green chillies and fry for few seconds..

4. Add the pumpkin pieces and salt and mix well.. Cover and cook for 5 minutes..

5. When the pumpkins turn soft, add jaggery and mix well..

6. Remove from flame and serve hot with rice/rotis..


Adapted from the book: “Oopkaries” by Jayashree V Prabhu

1/4 of a medium sized Pumpkin (Peeled)
4-5 Tbsp Semolina/Rava
A Pinch of Asafoetida/Hing
1/2 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder/to taste
Salt to taste
Few tsp of Oil for pan frying

1. Slice the pumpkin into thin pieces as shown..

2. Add salt to the pieces and mix well.. Keep aside for 30 mins..

3. After 30 mins, it leaves a little water.. Discard it..
4. Add hing and red chilli powder.. Mix well such that the powders covers the pumpkin pieces..Keep aside for another 30 mins..

5. Heat a pan and meanwhile roll the pumpkin pieces in the semolina and place it on the pan one by one..

6. Sprinkle a little oil on the sides of the pieces… Cover and cook on medium flame for around 10 mins..
Note: Open cover after 5 mins.. If the pieces look dry, sprinkle a tsp of water with your hands on it and cover & cook for another 5 mins..

7. Flip all pieces and cook the other side too..
8. Remove from flame and serve hot with rice or as a snack with a dip of your choice!


Adapted from: Vegan on the Prowl

1 Cup Pumpkin Fibre
(As seeds and skin are very healthy too, they can be added as per the original recipe.. I added just the fibre though!)
1/2 Cup Sesame Seeds/ Til (Mineral Rich!)
Juice of 1/2 a medium sized Lemon
2 Red Chillies
Salt to taste

1. Cook the pumpkin fibre along with a Tbsp of water covered for 6-8 minutes on medium flame.. Allow it to cool..

2. Grind this along with the sesame seeds, lemon juice, red chillies and salt to a smooth paste..

Enjoy all three together with rice for a Pumpkinyy meal!!

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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