Kumror Chokka 1

Kumror Chokka is a traditional Bengali dish that celebrates the natural sweetness and earthy flavors of pumpkin and black chickpeas. This vegetarian delicacy is made with tender pumpkin pieces simmered in a flavorful blend of spices, creating a dish that is not only comforting but also nourishing.

Kumror Chokka 1

The pumpkin chunks in Kumror Chokka become tender and flavorful as they soak up the aromatic spices. The combination of spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and red chili powder adds layers of complexity to the dish, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

Kumror Chokka is best enjoyed with steamed rice, roti, or paratha. The soft, creamy pumpkin chunks meld perfectly with the spices, creating a satisfying and hearty meal. The dish is versatile, as it can be served as a main course or as a side dish to complement other Bengali delicacies.

Whether it’s a family gathering, a festive occasion, or a comforting dinner at home, Kumror Chokka is a dish that will surely impress and satisfy your taste buds. Its rich flavors, vibrant colors, and enticing aroma make it a standout in Bengali cuisine.

Event-related to this post :

The April month challenge in the ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge’ group was ‘Pulao or Biryani’, suggested by Seema. Well, I was partnered with her too for this theme, she gave me 2 secret ingredients Bay leaf and Garam Masala, and I gave her the secret ingredients Tea Patta and Cardamom. And, as usual, using my two ingredients I have come up with this Vegetable Tehri for the theme contribution.


Kumror Chokka 1

Kumror Chokka

Kumror Chokka is a traditional Bengali dish that celebrates the natural sweetness and earthy flavors of pumpkin and black chickpeas.
5 from 13 votes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Bengali


  • 2 cup Kumro (pumpkin) (cut into chunks)
  • 1 cup Potato (cut into chunks)
  • ½ cup Black chickpeas (boiled)
  • 3-4 no. Green chilli
  • 1 tbsp Ginger (grated)
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 2 no. Bay leaves
  • ¼ tsp Hing
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 no. Whole dry red chilli
  • 3 tbsp Mustard oil
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ cup Water


  • In a small bowl, take the grated ginger, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and 2-3 tablespoons water into it.
  • Give a nice mix and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add whole red chilies, bay leaf, cumin seeds and hing. Allow to crackle.
  • Pour the masala mix and saute over low-medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Add the potatoe cubes, mix well and fry a bit.
  • Then add the pumpkins, black chickpeas, green chilies, salt and mix well.
  • Pour water, give a quick mix.
  • Cover and allow to cook until the veggies are all done, stirring in between.
  • After that add sugar, garam masala and mix gently.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes more and then serve hot with luchi or roti !


  • Adjust the spiciness as desired!



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  1. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Just perfect Sasmita. Pumpkins are in abundance right now and your kumror chokka with allow me to cook it in Bengali style. A unique pairing, pumpkin and brown chickpeas. And also like that it requires the basic spices that are commonly found in all Indian kitchens.

  2. Kalyani

    5 stars
    The satvik pumpkin stir fry sounds and looks great, Sasmita

  3. Priya Iyer

    5 stars
    Totally love this authentic Bengali-style dry curry. i love pumpkin, so will definitely be trying this out. Looks super delicious!

  4. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    5 stars
    I am constantly on the lookout for pumpkin recipes and hardly get to try Odia cuisine. Happy to see I can have both solved with minimal effort.

    1. Sasmita

      thank you dear seema.. You will surely love this dry dish. And yes, this is from bengal cuisine

  5. Renu

    5 stars
    Interesting recipe with pumpkin and black chickpeas, and something new to try.

  6. Vasusvegkitchen

    5 stars
    Kumror chokka looks tasty, I got chance to taste this many times in my frnds place. Never tried this at home, now I have your recipe will try it soon.

  7. Archana

    5 stars
    Perfect I have some pumpkin that needs a different recipe. I love this flavourful pumpkin curry rotis or rice will be perfect accompaniment with this curry.

  8. Jayashree T Rao

    5 stars
    The combination of pumpkin and potato is a match made in heaven. I would love to try this no onion garlic sabzi.

  9. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
    Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    5 stars
    What an interesting curry! We make something with pumpkin and black chickpeas in Kerala cuisine, so the addition of potatoes makes it even more special. Love the spice mix and sure this tastes lipsmacking…

  10. Priya Vj

    5 stars
    Unique combo of potatoes and pumpkin. Sounds really interesting. I must definitely try this recipe .

  11. Radha

    5 stars
    YUM! I love the flavor profile of this curry and sounds super delicious with the pumpkins.

  12. Narmadha

    5 stars
    Pumpkin stir fry with black peas looks too tempting and delicious. Love the flavors of the dish and would love to try it out soon.

  13. Sujata Roy

    5 stars
    Kumror chokka is one of my most favorite side dish with luchi or paratha. Your looks absolutely delicious. I also use little amchur. I would love to have it with fulko luchi.

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