Red pumpkin curry – Yerra Gummadikaya kura

This is one of my favourite vegetables.This is my first time I tried this

curry and it came out delicious.


  1. Pumpkin – 2cups(peeled and cubed)
  2. Tomato – 1 Big (chopped)
  3. Onions -2 medium(chopped)
  4. Jaggery – 1tsp (grated)
  5. Green chillies – 2
  6. Red chiilies – 2
  7. Red chilli powder – 1/2tsp
  8. Turmeric powder – 1/4tsp
  9. Coriander(dhania) powder – 1 tsp
  10. Mustard seeds – 1/2tsp
  11. Cumin seeds – 1tsp
  12. Urad dal – 1tsp
  13. Garlic – 4 (mashed)
  14. Curry leaves – 10
  15. Coriander leaves for garnishing
  16. Oil – 3tsp


  • Heat    2 – 3 tsp of oil in a pan.Add the mustard  seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add cumin seeds,dry red chillies,urad dal,garlic and curry leaves and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry them till transparent.
  • Now to this add 2 cups of cubed pumpkins,tomatoes,turmeric ,green chillies  and salt and let it cook covered on low heat  for 15min.
  • Add red chilli powder,coriander powder and jaggery and mix well.
  • Add 1/2cup water,  cover and cook on medium heat till pumpkin is soft and cooked.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Goes well with rice and rotis too.

16 responses to this post.

  1. I love red pumpkin or Butternut squash curry.It’s sweet and hot, tastes so good.Looks delicious Madhoo. Great recipe, thanks.
    RCI K round up is out, check out when you have time!:)


  2. I have to make this sometime. seen it in lot of blogs but somehow dont get the guts to make it because of the sweetness in pumpkin. your pic looks good.


  3. looking yummy!!!


  4. My mom also makes this curry but lil differently, we call it gummadikaya upma kura. Gumadakayya is already sweet so she don’t add jaggery. I will post it sometime. Curry looks delicious.


  5. Posted by Hatti on August 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Hello, This recipe is great! I have never really liked red pumpkin, but this tastes great. Thanks a lot!


  6. Posted by sowmya on September 23, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Hello, this recipe is great I habe never cooked pumkin but now i really feel that i should cook again its awsome


  7. Posted by heidi on September 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    urad dal? I want to try this recipe, and have red lentils, yellow dal and mung beans, brown lentils. What specifically is urad dal?



    • Posted by madhoori on September 24, 2009 at 11:31 am

      Urad dal is hindi name for green gram dal.Hope that helps


    • Posted by TrueMann on November 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Urad dal is a kind of split pea popular in India. When it is in its whole form it looks like a black mung bean. However, it is usually found split, and then it is off white. It makes a nice dal. You should have no problem finding it in any Indian grocery or Indian grocery online.

      I have not made this recipe yet, but I plan to substitute a little corn starch, since I have the feeling it is there to make the curry a little thicker.


  8. Posted by heidi on September 24, 2009 at 11:43 am

    thank you madhoori, that does help! Looking forward to making this dish and serving it to my family


  9. Posted by Lavanya on April 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Just tried this recipe today. It turned out great. Thanks.


  10. wowwwwwwwww nice dish nd useful 2 decrease our blindess its realllllll…………………


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  12. Posted by melanie sheets on October 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    i grew white pumpkins this past summer and want to use this recipe, it looks so good. Do you think it will work, and what is jaggery? Thank you and great blog, plan to come back soon. This is my first go at Indian cooking.


  13. Posted by Myra on December 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Hello,I made this today and it was deLiCiOuS🙂 i add 2 the seeds from 2cardomon pods as i love the flavour. Have a good day Myra


  14. what kind of jaggery you are using?


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