Kodha Nu Shaak/ Pumpkin Stir Fry

March 27, 2013mayurisjikoni
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Kodha Nu Shaak/ Pumpkin Stir Fry is a simple, but very flavourful way of preparing an easy side dish or sabji, Gujarati style. Served hot with some roti or paratha and a dal it is a complete meal.


What is Pumpkin?

Though we all call pumpkin a vegetable, in reality it is a fruit. Yes, a fruit. It’s the seed bearing structure of the plant. It is categorized as a vegetable as it’s sweet and usually used cooked. Pumpkin belongs to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, same as melons, cucumber, gourds and squashes.

Why you should include Pumpkin in your diet?

  • Did you know that pumpkin is full of Vitamin A. Its an excellent source of beta carotene.
  • Rich in  potassium and Vitamin C, making it an ideal for good healthy heart.
  • Its low on fat and calories, making it an ideal vegetable or rather fruit to include in a weight loss diet.
  • Pumpkin is a good source of dietary fiber. The fiber keeps you full for a longer time and is good for the digestive system.
  • Trytophan is an amino acid which gets converted to serotonin, which in turn induces sleep. Therefore if you suffer from insomnia, pumpkin is a rich source of tryptophan. Enjoy pumpkin at night and you will sleep better.
  • Good for diabetics as its helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

Some Ideas How To Include Pumpkin In Your Diet

Pumpkin and banana are used to make these Pumpkin Banana Bread Muffins, perfect for teatime or breakfast too.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is my favorite beverage to enjoy in the evenings.

Sweetish Italian Pumpkin Bread tastes really good with tea or coffee.

Enjoy a Spicy Pumpkin Yeast Bread for breakfast or tea.

Roasted Pumpkin and Salsa Soup is my favoruite.

Keto Pumpkin Mousse – a perfect dessert for diabetics.

Renu’s Wholewheat Pumpkin Waffles are a must try when I buy a waffle iron but till then am sure I can adapt the recipe to make pancakes.

Pumpkin and Fall

Pumpkins are widely used in USA and Canada during Halloween and Thanks giving day. Pumpkins are harvested in October and used for making breads, desserts, side dishes, cakes, muffins, soup, etc. The list is endless.

During my first visit to Canada which was in Fall, we saw numerous pumpkins placed outside on the porch, on window sills and in the garden. The sizes ranged from tiny ones to gigantic ones all carved with candles in them. Its a beautiful sight in the evenings. I had the opportunity to enjoy a spicy pumpkin bread with coffee and it  tasted heavenly.

Suddenly pumpkins and different squashes appear in the market and disappear just as fast, well at least where I am at present, Magog. I didn’t get the opportunity to redo most of my pumpkin recipes but perhaps next year.

But at least got a small pumpkin and made Kodha Nu Shaak, Gujarati style just like the way my mum use to make. Pumpkin in Gujarati is called Kodhu.


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Whenever I see a pumpkin it is a reminder of the time my mum got heard with a knife while peeling the pumpkin.

Recipe was first published on 27/03/2013. Updated on 12/11/2021

Mum’s Kodha Nu Shaak/ Pumpkin Stir Fry

Whenever my Grandfather would bring back a huge pumpkin from his friend’s farm, my mum would always make kodha nu shaak. Using simple spices, she would prepare a super delicious shaak or side dish and serve it with hot phulkas (rotis).

I remember when one day I was helping her to scoop out the seeds from the pumpkin, the big knife slipped and the pointed part went into her wrist. I was in a panic mode and no one else besides my siblings were at home. Luckily the knife missed her vein. She quickly told me bring some turmeric powder, cotton wool and a bandage.

She dabbed the turmeric powder on the wound and we helped her to tie the bandage. And it was back to trying to peel the hard skin of the pumpkin! Imagine, no fuss, no complains and she went back to making sure she gets food on the table for her family. Fortunately the knife was not too sharp otherwise she would have required stitches.


So here is the recipe for the simplest side dish, shaak or sabji and the yummiest. The slight sweetness of the pumpkin is balanced with a bit of lemon juice and the fresh chillis. One can easily enjoy kodha nu shaak during Ekadashi or Navratri Fasting, just don’t add the turmeric powder and use sendha namak (rock salt).

Can also serve it as a side dish for Thanks Giving dinner or lunch.



Pumpkin – peeled, seeds scooped out and cut into cubes.
Oil – any vegetable oil of your choice.
Cumin Seeds – jeera, jiru
Chillis – any fresh chillis of your choice.
Ginger Paste – or thin ginger juliennes
Salt – add according to your taste. Replace with rock salt or sendha namak if preparing for fasting day.
Lemon Juice – fresh, add according to your taste
Turmeric Powder – haldi or hardar. Omit if you are preparing this sabji for fasting days.
Fresh Coriander – cilantro, dhania. Washed and chopped.


Kodha Nu Shaak/ Pumpkin Stir Fry is a simple, but very flavourful way of preparing an easy side dish or sabji, Gujarati style. Served hot with some roti or paratha and a dal it is a complete meal.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course sabji, shaak, Side Dish
Cuisine Gujarati
Servings 4


  • 4 cups pumpkin cubes approx 700g after removing the skin
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 - 2 chillis sliced
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder optional
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


  • Heat the oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • When it is hot, add cumin seeds.
  • Add chopped chillis and ginger and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder if the pumpkin is pale in colour. If it is deep orange then there is no need to add it.
  • Add the pumpkin cubes and salt.
  • Mix well and cover the pan. Lower the heat and let it cook till it is just done.
  • Keep and eye on it as you don't want to pumpkin to overcook.
  • Mix in the lemon juice and garnish with fresh chopped coriander and serve with hot rotlis or parathas.


  • I used fresh red chilli to make the sabji appear colourful.
  • Can use thinly sliced ginger if you like.
  • Add 2 tbsps of water if the pumpkin takes too long to cook.
  • If you are not serving the sabji immediately, take the cover off and cover it with a net cover. You don't want mushy pumpkin. Heat it up before serving.
Keyword kodha nu shaak, pumpkin sabji, pumpkin stir fry

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  • Shobha Keshwani

    November 13, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    5 stars
    Pumpkin shaak looks so delicious. It is simple with few basic ingredients. It will taste great with puris and rotis.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha. Most of the simplest sabji taste the best.

  • Mina Joshi

    November 15, 2021 at 2:57 am

    5 stars
    The pumpkin stir fry shak looks delicious. So simple to make and cooks so quick too. But yes, very difficult to chop at times. Pumpkins always bring back happy memories for me. My dad used to grow pumpkins (called patkora) in Kenya and my mum used to make the shak very similar to your recipe but she used ghee for the tempering.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      Fond memories associated with pumpkin. Must try with ghee next time I make kodha nu shaak.

  • Seema Sriram

    November 15, 2021 at 4:44 am

    5 stars
    What a lot of variety of pumpkins you spotted!! so beautiful. The simple recipe to accompany it with for your family is the bonus. Such a delightful pumpkin recipe, I am making it with some tawa rotis tommorow.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much Seema, hope you enjoyed the shaak.

  • Amrita Roy

    November 16, 2021 at 9:57 am

    5 stars
    This pumpkin stir fry looks simple but it must be flavorful. Always love this kind of easy recipes. I also enjoyed looking at different types of pumpkin pictures.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much Amrita. I too was so excited when I saw the different pumpkins outside the supermarket. Didn’t know that there are so many different types.

  • Kalyani

    November 16, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    5 stars
    Simple, hearty sabji like this kodha my shaak with hot phulkas and a spicy garlicky dal = bliss ! Guess moms are always like that : no fuss, hardworking and resilient.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani, yes this shaak tastes awesome with any dal and hot phulkas. And mums are heroes.

  • Preethicuisine

    November 17, 2021 at 12:28 am

    5 stars
    Pumpkin stir fry looks scrumptious. I will definitely try adding lemon juice next time. Perfect to pair it with hot Phulka. My hubby will love it .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi, the lemon balances the slight sweetness of the pumpkin.Enjoy the shaak.

  • Renu

    November 24, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    5 stars
    That happened in my first few years, pumpkins use to come and off the shelf and then till I understood which one can be used for cooking it was too late. Now I am all ready to grab them. I like this easy peasy recipe with a dash of lemon in it. The khatta meetha taste would be so appetizing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2021 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Renu, as you said, khatta meetha taste is awesome.

  • Lata Lala

    November 28, 2021 at 3:29 am

    5 stars
    Easy and simple to make with few basic ingredients Kodha Nu Shaak/ Pumpkin Stir fry sounds so very flavourful.
    I love Gujarati style sabzis and I am craving for this now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you so much, I too love Gujarati style sabzis.

  • Priya Vj

    November 29, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    5 stars
    Kodha nu shaak looks delish. I remember my mom making this same type of curry at home as an accompaniment for rotis . Never knew it was a gujarati delicacy . Thanks for this lovely recipe and making me nostalgic

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 2, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      My pleasure Priya.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    November 30, 2021 at 3:10 am

    5 stars
    This Kodha nu shaak looks tasty and easy to make. I can enjoy it as a side dish with rice and sambar too. My mother-on-law used to like pumpkin stir fry.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 2, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, what a wonderful idea.

  • Archana

    November 30, 2021 at 4:21 am

    5 stars
    Your memory of your mother’s presence of mind and practicality is so much appreciated. I hope I can imagine how guilty you must have felt.
    As for the pumpkin stir fry I make something similar but use tamarind juice. I like the idea of lemon juice that will make the colors more appealing. Thanks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 2, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, pumpkin is always associated with memories of my mum. Try the sabji with lemon juice and I will try with tamarind.

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