Cook's Hideout: White Pumpkin & Swiss Chard Curry

April 07, 2011

White Pumpkin & Swiss Chard Curry

White pumpkin (Gummadikaya in Telugu) is a very versatile veggie and can be used to make dals, curries and stews. This time around I had a bunch of Swiss Chard that needed to be used up, so I added it to the curry to boost the nutrition. To make the curry creamy and not make it too dry, I added coconut cream, the top layer in unshaken canned coconut milk. All in all the curry turned out to be quite tasty.

Swiss Chard-Pumpkin Curry

Here’s how I made it:
White Pumpkin – 3 cups, diced into 1” cubes (Zucchini should be a good substitute)
Swiss Chard – 1 small bunch, chopped
Chana dal – ½ cup, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
Green chilies – 3, sliced
Coconut cream – 1tsbp, just skim the thick cream that forms on the top of regular coconut milk can
Turmeric – 1/8 tsp

For tempering:
Mustard Seeds – 1tsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp
Dry red chilies – 3

  • Microwave pumpkin with ½ cup water until tender.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a sauté pan; add the tempering ingredients and once they splutter add green chilies, soaked chana and cooked pumpkin with any leftover water after microwaving.
  • Mix well and add the chopped chard. Cover and cook till chard is wilted and the dal is completely cooked.
  • Add coconut cream and salt, simmer for another 2 minutes.
Swiss Chard-Pumpkin Curry1

Serve with steamed rice or roti.


  1. I have never tried white pumpkin but it looks very tempting. Will have to scout some out.

  2. Woww.. lovely and delicious one.. looks absolutely amazing :)
    thanks for sharing dear !!
    Indian Cuisine

  3. Definitely a new and wonderful looking curry..

  4. wonderful and tempting curry :) looks delicious :)

  5. So colorful and so cute. I'm gonna love it! ~~Hitchcock Butterfield

  6. Lovely-looking curry, Pavani. Swiss chard is one of my favorite leafies, and I think I wait for spring just so I can have more of it :)

  7. Interesting combination of swiss chard and white pumpkin. I made a zucchini with chana dal - try it at Will definitely try this one with the coconut cream.


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