Kumror Chokka

Ripe sweet pumpkins and potatoes braised together, and finished with toasted spices and ghee.

  • Cooking time
    1 hour
  • Calories
Recommended by
members who rated this recipe on Youtube

If you have never tasted kumror chokka you will be shocked by how good this tastes. Just ripe sweet pumpkins braised slowly with potatoes, and a few other garnishes like Bengal gram and grated coconut produce a dish that is certain to find a place in your regular repertoire. The vegetables really shine in this recipe, but the other key flavours are those of bhaja moshla, and ghee. Luchi with kumror chokka used to be a fixture on wedding menus until a few years ago, but has slowly fallen out of favour. But it shouldn't!

Books in this recipe

No items found.
Like the work we do? Help keep this site ad-free by making a donation.


5 servings
  • 600 g mishti kumro (sweet pumpkin)
  • 300 g potatoes (waxy Jyoti variety)
  • 20 g chhola (Bengal gram, soaked overnight) or roasted peanuts
  • 20 g freshly grated coconut
  • 50 g mustard oil
  • 2 pcs dried red chillies
  • 2 pcs bay leaves
  • ½ tsp panch phoron
  • 12 g ginger paste
  • 6 g cumin powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch hing (asafoetida)
  • 2 g green chillies
  • 12 g total salt
  • 9 g sugar
  • ½ tsp bhaja masala
  • 1 tbsp ghee


  1. Wash and soak the Bengal gram overnight in sufficient water.
  2. Peel and dice the pumpkin and potatoes into 3-cm cubes.
  3. In a bowl prepare a thick paste of ginger paste, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and hing with a little bit of water.
  4. Heat mustard oil in a korai until it starts smoking and turns pale yellow.
  5. Add the pumpkin and 3 g of salt to season, and fry on medium heat with the lid on. The sugars in the pumpkin will start caramelising, and the edges will start to turn brown. This should take about 5 minutes. Take out the fried pumpkin from the oil and set aside.
  6. Lower the flame to cool the oil a little bit. Then temper the oil with dried red chillies, and bay leaves. Once the chillies turn dark add the panch phoron. Don't let the spices burn.
  7. Immediately add the potatoes to the oil along with 3 g of salt and fry until golden on medium heat. This will take 5 minutes.
  8. Next add the soaked chhola (Bengal gram) and fry for another two minutes on low heat.
  9. Add the freshly grated coconut and fry until golden—about two minutes.
  10. Add the spice slurry we had prepared, and braise with the lid on until the raw smell of the spices is gone (six minutes). Add a splash of hot water in between if required. The potatoes should be as cooked as the fried pumpkin.
  11. Now introduce the fried pumpkin to the korai. Add the sugar, green chillies and the remaining salt (6 grams) stir and cover with a tight lid. Cover and cook until both the potatoes and the pumpkins are perfectly cooked. You may need to add hot water, a little at a time, as needed.
  12. Now turn off the heat and finish with bhaja moshla and ghee. Stir and cover with a lid.

Recipe discussion

Did this recipe help you cook something that made you happy?

At Bong Eats, we are working to standardise Bengali recipes, and present them to the world in a way that anyone, anywhere will be able to cook Bengali food with confidence—even if they have never tasted it before. We want the world to know that there is Indian food beyond tikka masala.

A lot of time and money goes into creating precise recipes such as this one. We don't want to depend on advertisements that track our viewers' activities through third-party cookies; we do not want take sponsorship money from companies that don't make subpar products.

You can help us make this a sustainable venture that can employ talented local writers, editors, photographers, recipe-testers, and more. Donate to keep us going.

Make a One-time donation

Help us keep Bong Eats free and open for everyone by making a one-time contribution. You can donate as much as you want. No amount is too little.

Become a member ⭐️

Join to get access to a vibrant private community of people who full of people who love to cook, feed and eat. Get answers to your questions about recipes, techniques, where to find ingredients from fellow members. If you love cooking, this is the place for you.

Monthly LIVE cookalongs
Shiny new private forum
Adda after every video release
Personalised recommendations
✨ See Membership Perks ✨

✨ What's new?

View all »

Amra'r Chutney

A sweet, sour Bengali chutney made from two kinds of hog plum (biliti amra and deshi amra), spiced with bhaja masala

  • 30 minutes
  • 73
Viewers liked this

Calcutta Chicken Rezala

Chicken cooked in a thin, pearly white gravy such as the kind served in restaurants like Sabir, Aminia, Shiraz, Royal, Arsalan, etc.

  • 90 mins
  • 371
Viewers liked this

Taal'er Kheer

A palmyra fruit pudding

  • 30 minutes
  • 254
Viewers liked this

Taal'er Luchi

made with taal (palmyra) pulp

  • 60 minutes
  • 93
Viewers liked this
See all New recipes »
View all »
No items found.
View all »

Kochurir alur torkari

This is the spicy potato curry that accompanies kochuri at roadside shops around Calcutta. A breakfast favourite.

  • 45 minutes
  • kcal

Jhal Sooji

Sooji (semolina) cooked in Bengali spices and seasonal vegetables: a healthy and hearty breakfast.

  • 45 minutes
  • kcal

Chirer Polao

A delicious snack made with beaten rice and winter vegetables, chirer polao is perfect for breakfast, tiffin, or evening tea.

  • 45 minutes
  • kcal