Kaddu ki sabji | Easy Pumpkin Recipe

Kaddu ki sabji recipe with step by step photos. Easy and delicious vegan pumpkin recipe that can be made on regular days and also during Navratri or Ekadashi fasting. This kaddu or pumpkin sabzi is a favorite at home. It is also known as petha sabzi or kaddu ki sabzi. 

Kaddu is the Hindi word for Pumpkin. and this recipe only has pumpkin, pumpkin and pumpkin in it 🙂 so a must-try for all pumpkin lovers. Apart from this recipe, you can also make Khatta metha kaddu for fasting.

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This petha sabzi is another delicious recipe from my mother in law’s collection. Best to have the kaddu sabzi with pooris. It also goes well with plain parathas or phulkas. During the fast, we have it with singhare ki pooris or rajgire ki poori or kuttu ki poori.

The kaddu ki sabzi is easy and simple. Only cutting and peeling the kaddu takes some effort and time. But I found an easy method to peel the kaddu… But this method only works with smaller pumpkins not bigger ones 🙁


Place the whole small pumpkin on a large plate or thali or on the table top. Firmly keep your hand on top of the pumpkin. With the peeler in your other hand start to peel the pumpkin from sideways. Keep on rotating the pumpkin with the other hand which is on top of it. Work with both your hands in this manner till the pumpkin is peeled from all sides.

Once the kaddu is peeled, you start to chop the kaddu and you see the pith and the seeds. So what you do with the seeds? don’t throw them away.


If you have a garden, then plant the seeds… And if you have a garden or if you don’t have a garden then dry the seeds in the sun. When they are dried, roast them with some salt and have it in your food. Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious and healthy. You can also roast or toast the pumpkin seeds in the oven.

The recipe of kaddu sabzi is easy and does not use more ingredients. The flavoring comes from the addition of methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and jeera (cumin seeds). Of course we add our usual Indian spice powders to this recipe like turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder. Some sugar (or jaggery) is added for that sweetness which fuses subtly with the sweetness of the pumpkin.

I paired the Kaddu sabzi with Vrat ke jeera aloo and the combo was nice. We all loved it and I plan to make this combo again and again. The tangy jeera aloo with the sweet kaddu sabzi… Goes great with pooris, parathas or rotis.

Note: if making this kaddu sabzi for fasting or vrat then skip the fenugreek seeds, turmeric powder and garam masala. You can refer to this compiled list of Ingredients allowed during Navratri fast.

How to make kaddu ki sabzi

1. Wash 1 small sized pumpkin. Peel the pumpkin.

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2. Chop the pumpkin into small pieces.

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3. In a pressure cooker or pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. add ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana) and 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

Remember, if you are making this dish for Navratri or Ekadasi fasting then you have to skip adding fenugreek seeds, turmeric powder and garam masala in the recipe.

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4. Fry for a minute on a low flame.

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5. Now add 1 to 2 dry red chilies. Addition of dry red chillies is optional.

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6. Fry for some 15 seconds.

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7. Add the chopped pumpkin.

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8. Stir and mix well.

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9. Next add ½ teaspoon red chili powder and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder. Add 1 teaspoon sugar (or 2 teaspoons crushed jaggery).

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10. Mix the pumpkin with the rest of the spices and sugar (or jaggery).

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Cooking kaddu sabji

11. Add ¾ cup or 1 cup of water and rock salt (sendha namak) as required. If you are making the recipe on regular days (non- fasting days) then you can use regular salt also instead of rock salt.

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12. Mix well.

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13. Cover the pressure cooker with a lid and pressure cook for 7-8 minutes. if you do not have a pressure cooker then cover the pan with a lid and cook the pumpkin for some 15-20 minutes.

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14. Pressure cook till the pumpkin becomes soft and mushy. Below is the pic of pressured cooked pumpkin.

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15. Now mash the cooked and soft pumpkin with a spoon.

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16. Now add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder and 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder).

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17. Stir the mashed pumpkin well and cook for minute or two. If the sabzi still looks watery to you, then evaporate the water from the sabzi by cooking it without the lid. this kaddu ki sabzi should not be dry nor watery, just in between.

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Garnish with few coriander leaves and Serve kaddu ki sabzi hot Singhare ki poori or Kuttu ki poori or Rajgire ki poori or Rajgira paratha or Kuttu paratha.

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kaddu ki sabji

4.91 from 21 votes
Kaddu ki sabzi recipe is an easy to prepare delicious vegan pumpkin recipe.
kaddu ki sabji
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:35 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 small pumpkin (kaddu)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 or 2 dry red chilies (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or 2 teaspoon crushed jaggery
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ¾ cup water or 1 cup water
  • a few chopped coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)
  • rock salt or sendha namak (or you can use common salt if not making during religious fasting)


  • Wash the pumpkin. Peel and chop the pumpkin.
  • In a pressure cooker or pan heat oil.
  • Add the fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds and fry for a minute on a low flame.
  • Now add the red chilies and fry for some 15 seconds.
  • Add the chopped pumpkin and all the dry spice powders except garam masala and dry mango powder.
  • Add the sugar or jaggery.
  • Mix the pumpkin with the rest of the spices and sugar/jaggery. Add water and salt.
  • Cover the cooker with a lid and pressure cook for 7-8 minutes.
  • If you do not have a pressure cooker then cover the pan with a lid and cook the pumpkin for some 15-20 minutes till they become soft and mushy.
  • Now mash the cooked and soft pumpkin with a spoon and add the garam masala and dry mango powder.
  • Stir the mashed pumpkin well and cook for minute or two.
  • If the sabzi still looks watery to you, then evaporate the water from the sabzi by cooking it without the lid.
  • This kaddu ki sabzi should not be dry nor watery, just in between.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve kaddu ki sabzi hot.


Note: If making this kaddu sabzi for fasting or vrat then skip the fenugreek seeds, turmeric powder and garam masala. For info about fasting food rules, you can refer to this compiled list of Ingredients allowed during navratri fast.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
kaddu ki sabji
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 593mg26%
Potassium 1201mg34%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 29125IU583%
Vitamin C 46.8mg57%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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78 comments/reviews

  1. This kaddu ki sabji is very good

  2. This was fantastic! I loved it.5 stars

    • Thanks C. Cochran

  3. It turned out so well. Thank you5 stars

    • Welcome Dhivya

  4. Does this sabji have a sweet taste?

    • yes it does have a sweet taste coming from the kaddu.

  5. Thanks… it tastes awesome with puris… I hv tried lots of ur receipe n everything turns out better thn gd.. I hv done my share of blunders though.. Anyways u r saviour for girls like me who step into kitchen only after marriage..;-)

    • congrats amisha 🙂 and wish you all the best for your marriage life. thanks for positive views, yeah blunders only lead to success!

  6. Mam m a very big fan of ur recipes. Being a student ur method of cooking has helped me lot in trying n cooking different types of recipes.N ur this pumpkin recipe was just Wow n even my seniors could nt resist themselves from my tiffin thank u so much mam5 stars

    • very pleased to know this nidhi 🙂 glad you liked the kaddu ke sabzi from our food blog. all the best and you are welcome.

  7. Quick yet yummy recipe. My 3 year old loves it too with pooris.

    • thanks shweta and nice to know.

  8. This pumpkin recipe has come out so well. I personally never liked anypumpkin sabzi but this is so delicious… Will make it more often.
    Thanks ?

    • sure chandni and thankyou for trying them 🙂

  9. Hi Dassana,

    Will try this today. I have a doubt tough. When we fry jeera and methi seeds in oil, is it not the usual tempering. Should the oil be hot enough so that when we add jeera, it should crack. Or should it be just fried and not cracked in normal heat.

    • it is the usual tempering. the jeera should crackle, whether you fry in hot oil or when you fry at a low heat. if the cumin seeds do not crackle, their flavors don’t come through in the dish. same thing applies for mustard seeds and whole spices.

  10. very nice will try it soon5 stars

    • surely try shikha 🙂

  11. Pl tell me whether it’s riped pumpkin or raw pumpkin

    • Gag, it is ripe pumpkin. the one which you often get in market. i have never tried anything with raw pumpkin.

  12. Hi.. Could you pl give the measure of pumpkin either in gram or cup.

    • whenever i make the recipe again, i will update the recipe with the gram and cup details as well as with step wise pics.

    • It’s 1lb or around 470gms

  13. I loved all your recipies. They are great. Specially pumpkin

    • thanks parul

  14. Its really a good n easy recipe ………thanks mam

    • welcome tanushree

  15. I love pumpkin. This recipe is great! Thanks.5 stars

    • welcome sari

  16. Hi, thanks for sharing the receipe , pl tel how to do it with black paper, I, be tasted that one, pl share if you have one more recipe4 stars

    • welcome. i only know this recipe and one gujarati khatta meetha kaddu. but i will see for the black pepper version. i think you can just add a few crushed black pepper while sauteing in the sabzi.

  17. Hello Dassana, I followed your recipe for Kaddu ki subzi and it turned out amazingly well. I liked the blend of spices that you have recommended. Thank you for sharing this simple and mouth watering recipe. 🙂5 stars

    • welcome chitra. glad to know this.

  18. Simple and tasty…thanx

    • welcome sridevi

  19. Hi Dassana! I tried it two weeks ago with the butternut squash and it was delicious! Have made it again today! Must thank you for sharing such an easy and delicious recipe! Have tried a bunch of your other recipes too recently and the husband thinks I’ve grown into an amazing cook suddenly! Thanks for all your tips and delicious recipes!! 🙂5 stars

    • welcome tara. glad to know that your cooking skills are improving and blog is helpful to you. thanks for this positive feedback.

  20. hi,
    thank you for this simple yet delicious recipe . i tried it and it was yummy.

    • welcome seema

  21. This looks delicious!! Am dying to try it! However was wondering if I cld make this with butternut squash instead? What do you think? Yes or not?

    • i have never had butternut squash. but i think you can make it from butternut squash. do try.

  22. Very nice recepie

  23. Hello! beautiful compilation.

    Kaddoo has its own sweetness and is rich in Sugar. Pls dont put extra sugar. it will/might turn into a sweetdish instead of a regular tastee sabjee!!

    • thanks. this kaddu sabji taste like sabji and not a sweet dish. the little amount of sugar that is added, in fact enhances the taste of the kaddu.

  24. Can we add Peas in this kaddo sabji? i am thinking of trying this but with proper turka. is t good idea to use ginger and garlic etc?
    Thank you for your help.

    • i suggest to use ginger only. you can give a proper tarka. i am not sure how peas will taste, but you can try.

  25. Hello Dasanna,

    Many congratulations for a wonderful blog. You had mentioned to refrain from using turmeric, chilli powders, garam masala, methi seeds while fasting. Can this be prepared with out them??

    • yes, you can prepare this pumpkin dish for fasting without using turmeric, chilli powders, garam masala, methi seeds. there is another fasting recipe on blog made from pumpkin that is ‘khatta meetha kaddu”

  26. Hi Dassna,
    I tried this recipe and it turned out delicious! I am from Delhi and am used to getting this as a staple breakfast, especially with aloo and puri. I used to follow my mother’s recipe for petha till now, but I must say now it’s going to be difficult for me to decide which recipe to follow.
    What I love about this recipe and another one of yours that that I tried is that they are easy to follow. I recently started cooking and these dishes turn out great in the first try! So, hats off! I am going to be a frequent visitor and would love if you can post even more recipes.
    Aditi5 stars

    • thanks a lot aditi. the kaddu sabzi is a favorite at home too and i do make pooris sometimes to go with it. there are already a lot of recipes posted on the blog. so you can check in your free time and prepare whichever ones you like.

  27. Dear Dassana,

    I used to prepare it along with onion, garlic and tomato…. But like your ways it’s much better n faster.

    Take Care n Keep Smiling..!!

  28. Hi Dassana,
    Nice recipe…very new to me.Will surely try it out.Just one small doubt,can we add lime juice instead of amchoor powder.

    • dear poorni, if adding lime juice, add very little. it should not spoil the taste.

  29. Hi Dassana,

    This sabzi turned out really well !!! In fact I enjoyed it even more with curd rice.
    The only difference between your recipe and my way of making was that I wouldn’t add Garam masala and amchoor. But this variation has now captured me :):)

    Thank you Dasanna.

    • welcome lakshmi 🙂 this kaddu ki sabzi is a staple at our home. during fasting we have this with singhare/water chestnut flour or kuttu/buck wheat flour rotis.

  30. Dassana you are such a darling, in fact your presentations are too good which is making the receipe more wonderful, keep posting dear. 2 days back I tried making the parsi dhansak veg with whatever vegetables i could lay my hands on, it was really splendid.

    Thanks for the wonderful receipe.

    • thanks neela for all your encouraging and positive comments. glad to know that the dhansak recipe was splendid.

  31. Hi
    The presentation is Mouth Watering and your write up is very sincere. I will definitely try it out at the earliest opportunity.I feel tempted to go through all your recipes and try them.

    Thank you Very Much.


    • thank you and do let me know how the recipes turned out.

  32. don’t excuse yourself for keeping an old, perfectly working tool in our “throw-away-society”! 🙂
    looks wonderful, i don’t like western preparations of pumpkin that much and been searching for a recipe for all those beautiful pumpkins available now. I’ll definitely try this one.

    • sure lea…. do try the recipe…

  33. Looks great! Would this work with crepes if it works with paratha?

    • the pumpkin sabzi goes best with parathas or pooris. i feel it should go well with crepes too, though i have never tried having it with crepes. try the crepes and pumpkin combination and do let me know.

  34. This is such a gorgeous sounding dish, spicy pumpkin mash- heaven! I will definitely be making this this week, thanks for the inspiration, glad to have found a fellow veggie spice lover!!

  35. Hmmm nice yum yum 😉