Bhopada (Laal) Ki Sabji

BM #63 Day 2 -

I can't thank my friend, enough for sharing this keeper of this recipe. I have tried a few other varieties of curries using the red pumpkin but I must bow to this curry. This version, in our opinion wins hands down. 

Bhopada (Bhopala) typically means a gourd. So any gourd like bottle gourd, pumpkin can be used.

The usage of coconut is very typical of the coastal cuisine of Maharashtra. The addition of soaked and steamed chana dal makes it a wholesome side dish. This goes well both with Roti and rice.

Recipe Source Shalaka
Ingredients - 

Pumpkin peeled, seeded and cubed 2 cups
Chana Dal 1/2 cup washed and soaked for 2 hours
Salt and Turmeric as needed
Seasoning (Cooking Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves few, Asafotida a pinch)
Coriander leaves for garnish
To Grind -
Coconut, fresh, frozen or dry 3 Tbsp
Green Chilies 1-2 (as per taste)
Ginger 1/2 inch piece
Garlic 1-2 cloves
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp

Bhopada (Laal) Ki Sabji

Method Of Preparation -

Steam the soaked chana dal until tender but still retains the shape. Cover and set aside.

Grind the ingredients to a fine paste listed under 'to grind' using as little water as needed. Set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and mustard seeds. After they pop, add cumin seeds, asafotida and curry leaves.

Pour the ground coconut paste adding as little water as needed in the seasoning. 

Sprinkle turmeric and fry until the mixture is just about moist. 

Add the steamed chana dal and mix well. Saute for a few seconds.

Add in the pumpkin cubes, sprinkle salt, mix well, reduce the heat, cover and cook until the pumpkin is tender and retains its shape. Ensure the pumpkin doesn't turn mushy.

After about 5-6 minutes, the pumpkin should be cooked through.

Adjust the flavors as needed, garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with steamed rice.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 63

Preparation Time 25 min
Serves 3-4


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Interesting sabji with dal and pumpkin, sounds like a best side dish for rice and rotis, will give a try soon to this easy side dish.

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. I am more used to the sweet version of this curry. The addition of the coconut paste definitely makes it an interesting and yummiest version.

  5. I love pumpkin in curries .This version with chana dal looks very delicious.

  6. This is a nice side dish for both rice and roti. Addition of chana dal to the curry is a nice twist.

  7. Pavani Says:
  8. Wow what a delicious preparation Harini. Love the addition of dal and coconut to a squash/ pumpkin recipe -- I usually add these to like cabbage/ carrot or beans. Will have to try this combination some time.

  9. Kalyani Says:
  10. Very interesting curry Harini ! We cook with this pumpkin Atleast once a week, bookmarking to try this version :)

  11. Lovely curry Harini, adding coconut and steamed Chana dal is very interesting. Bookmarked the recipe:)

  12. I love pumpkin subji/curry and this is one interesting variation to try. Lovely recipe.

  13. I have yet to try using pumpkin in curries , but this curry does sound delicious and flavorful .

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. nice curry my choice with this curry is roti coconut will give a awesome flavor to this looks yummm...

  16. Srivalli Says:
  17. This sounds much like what we make, so much similarity among the cuisines right..that bowl looks so bright and nice..

  18. This subzi looks so nice. The addition of dhal makes it interesting..

  19. Smruti Ashar Says:
  20. While making sabjis with Chana dal is common, first time have I come across pumpkin as the other half of the sabji. Awesome combination!!

  21. Padmajha Says:
  22. VEry interesting curry. I bet it would go so well with roti.

  23. Srividhya Says:
  24. I have always tried red pumpkin for sambhar. need to try these curries. Yummy

  25. Unknown Says:
  26. The addition of dal to pumpkin is very interesting. Must be interesting to have with a hand ful of phulkas...

  27. I love pumpkin and this version looks like a delicious curry

  28. Adding channa dhal to bhopada makes it more tastier. Bookmarking it..

  29. veena Says:
  30. I tried this today and it came out so well. Very tasty. Thank you

  31. Wonder why we make it only for special festive occassions, but when we do, it is devoured, urs looks very good and colorful

  32. Nisha Says:
  33. Thats a nice way to cook pumpkin. Other than kootu and sambhar I have never made anything with these. Will def try it out.

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