Cook's Hideout: Bengali Butternut Squash & Chickpea Curry (Kumror Chakka)

November 17, 2012

Bengali Butternut Squash & Chickpea Curry (Kumror Chakka)

My theme for 3rd week of Blogging Marathon# 22 is "Bengali Dishes". I fell in love with Bengali cuisine after cooking for BM# 5. I love the use of various whole spices and the combination of flavors that make Bengali dishes, so unique and delicious.

For the first day, I made Butternut squash & Chickpea curry from Bongmom's blog. It's called Kumror Chakka and is traditionally made with pumpkin, but since I had butternut squash at home I used it to make the curry. This is a very simple dish and wholesome dish that is great with rotis or luchis (Bengali puris).

Butternut Squash - 4 cups, chopped (about 1 medium size squash)
Potato - 1 medium, peeled and diced
Kala Chana (Chickpeas)** - 1 cup
Methi seeds (Fenugreek seeds) - 1tsp
Hing (Asafoetida) - pinch
Dry red chilies - 2
Ground coriander - ½tsp
Ground Cumin - ½tsp
Ginger - 1tsp, finely grated
Green chilies - 2, slit
Garam Masala - ½tsp
Salt - to taste
  • Soak kala chana overnight. Pressure cook with a pinch of sugar under cooked. Adding sugar makes the chana soft and tasty (says my Mom :-))
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a saute pan, add methi seeds, hing and dry red chilies. Once the seeds start to change color add the potato and cook until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add ground cumin, coriander, grated ginger and green chilies. Mix well and cook for a minute. Add a sprinkle of water if the masalas are sticking to the pan.
  • Next add the chopped butternut squash (pumpkin) and salt; cover and cook until potatoes and squash are completely cooked.
  • Finally add garam masala and cook for another minute. Switch off the heat and let the curry sit for sometime for all the flavors to mingle.
** Use Kabuli chana (Garbanzo beans) or even green peas instead.

Lets check out what my fellow bloggers have cooked up for BM# 22.


  1. Wow so yummy!!! that is so healthy and nutrituous tooooo!!!

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  2. Lovely pairing of ingredients.

  3. I liked that click of chilies in the glass! They look very nice. The curry seems like a perfect side dish for rotis :)

  4. Very nice one..I love using panch phoran from this cuisine..and this curry looks so inviting..

  5. Lovely curry Pavani. I too have bookmarked quite a fwe curries from Bongmom's blog. The last click looks very tempting...

  6. Such a healthy and delicious side dish... looks tempting.. awesome presentation too :)
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  7. Beautiful snaps. The curry looks very nice...

  8. Definitely a new and very interesting combo for curry, never had a chance to give a try to this fantastic curry.

  9. It might sound strange but I have never had squash/pumpkin in my entire life :) I used to detest it even without trying it. Since you paired this with the lentil I love the most. It becomes my bookmarked recipe.


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