Healthy, hearty, and comforting Pumpkin Chana Curry that is spiced to perfection!
You can prepare it in your stovetop or electric pressure cooker (like an Instant Pot). Cooking it in a pan won’t have the same rich and vibrant flavors, so we recommend you pressure-cook it.
Note: Chana = Brown chickpeas, or Bengal Gram. 🙂
Pumpkin Chana Curry
- 1 cup kala chana (aka Bengal Gram / Brown Chickpeas)
- 3 cups water (to soak)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 inch ginger (minced)
- 1 onion (sliced)
- 14 oz. (400 gm.) pumpkin (sliced)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 2 tomatoes (chopped)
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 onion, freshly chopped (to garnish)
- Cilantro, freshly chopped (to garnish)
- In a large bowl, mix kala chana + 3 cups water. Soak overnight. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
- Set a stovetop pressure cooker over medium heat. For electric pressure cooker, press SAUTE. Add oil. Once it's hot, add garlic + ginger + onion. Stir and saute until the onion is translucent.
- Add kala chana. Stir and mix well. Cover with a lid (do not seal), and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add pumpkin + turmeric powder + cumin powder + coriander powder + red chili powder + salt + tomatoes. Stir and mix well. Cover with a lid (do not seal), and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in 1.5 cups water and mix some more. Using a wooden spoon, scrape off any brown bits from the bottom of the cooker.
- Time to pressure cook. Secure and seal the pressure cooker lid. For stovetop pressure cookers, cook over medium heat for 5-6 whistles. For electric pressure cookers, set the timer to 10 minutes. Make sure the pressure is released naturally (takes 10-15 minutes).
- Open the lid and mash the pumpkin using a potato masher. Add freshly chopped onion + cilantro, and stir.
- Pumpkin chana curry is ready. Serve over rice, roti, or your fav flatbreads.
- Yellow Pumpkins tend to be sweeter than Green 'Japanese' Pumpkins. If you want a savory dish, we suggest you go with the green ones (like we have).