Kumro Chechki Recipe

Kumro Chechki or Bengali Pumpkin Stir-Fry Recipe

100% Original Bengali Kumro Chechki or Stir-fried Pumpkin Recipe

Only God knows how much I have been craving this traditional dish of kumro or pumpkin, which is so popular among the Bengalis. But, it is very hard to find the perfect original recipe of Kumro’r Chechki, even on the internet. I think this was one of the major reasons why I started this blog in the first place.

I am very forgetful in terms of names, faces and now, as I come to know of it, recipes. Every time I would start on something, I would end up calling my mom or someone else for the recipe which they must have already told me a hundred time! So, this time it was this utterly simple kumro-chechkichechki being the Bengali term for stir-fry! I was just a bit confused about the tempering, so I thought of checking the recipe on the internet. And, oh my God! I found all sorts of things going in this recipe on different blogs. No! No! Don’t tamper with the original recipe, for God’s sake.

Kumro Chechki

Bengali cooking is all about its simplicity. Each thing that goes into a dish renders its special and unique aroma. A simply tempering  of Nigella seeds can make a whole lot of difference in a particular recipe as against the usage of Panchphoron or Cumin Seeds! In this case, it’s the simple flavors of Mustard seeds and Green Chillies that does the magic. So, let’s check out this beautiful Bengali recipe for kumro-chechki.

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Accompaniments of Kumro Chechki:

This goes without saying that kumror chechki can be best experienced with luchis or pooris or Unleavened deep-fried Indian breads. However, it can be good with paranthas and rotis, as well.

Bengali Kumro Chechki or Stir-fried Pumpkin Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 3 People
  • 250 gms. Ripened Pumpkin - cut in julienne
  • 1 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • A pinch of Hing or Asafoetida
  • 2 Green Chillies - slit or sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  1. Heat the Mustard Oil in a pan. Let it heat up to the smoking point, then lower the heat.
  2. Now, add the Mustard Seeds, Asafoetida or Hing, and Green Chillies.

  3. As they splatter, add the Pumpkin and mix everything well. Keep the heat on medium-high.

  4. Add the Salt, Turmeric Powder and Sugar. Give everything a nice stir, and cover the pan with a lid. Let it simmer on low-medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Give everything a gentle stir at every 2 minutes interval. Here, we are looking for a uniform cooking but without making the pumpkins a mishmash, as it is a very soft veggie. It would start separating some water, so let it cook in it only. 

    Sometimes, raw pumpkins tend to turn out a little dried due to summer's heat. In that case, they might not leave any water in the pan. So, you may add a tablespoon or two of water to prevent it from sticking at the bottom of the pan. Take care not to add excess of it, because all we are looking for is to get it a little tender in its own juice.

  5. Once, the you feel the pumpkins are cooked, remove the lid and bump up the heat to medium-high. Fry it till it starts separating oil. Once done, take it off the heat and serve hot.

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How about I share my daily kitchen escapades with you so that you can plan your meals efficiently. Me and my hubby are foodies with a limited appetite. That is, we love food and enjoy smaller meal portions throughout the day. So, I end up making different dishes to keep up with our excitement to try various cuisine. Plan your Bengali Vegetarian Meals with me as I share quick and easy ways of making traditional Bengali dishes. To keep up with our prominent sweet-tooth, I do baking where I try to re-create luxurious dessert recipes using easily available ingredients, at home. Also, read about my travel stories here.

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