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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.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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