Khatta Meetha Kaddu | Pumpkin Curry Recipe

by Rachna
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In Uttar Pradesh, this sweet sour kaddu or yellow pumpkin curry is very popular with puris and parathas . A good number of people have it for breakfast. In my home, mum would make this khatta meetha kaddu and serve it with a delicious besan ki roti. That besan ki roti is tasty enough to go with any curry, but goes especially well with this easy pumpkin curry. This khatta meetha kaddu can also be had if you are fasting. Just replace normal salt with sendha namak or pink/black salt. So here’s my simple recipe:

khatta meetha kaddu
khatta meetha kaddu

Khatta Meetha Kaddu

Rachna Parmar
This delicious khatta meetha kaddu or pumpkin curry is a simple dish made with very few ingredients. It tastes very delicious in a homestyle way
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course | Curry
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | UP style
Servings 4 people
Calories 131 kcal


  • 1/2 Kg. Pumpkin chopped into pieces
  • 1 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp. ginger-chilli chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp. amchur powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves


  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and cook for a minute or two.
  • Add ginger chilli paste and cook for 1 minute. Now add the pumpkin pieces, sugar and salt and 1/2 cup water. Cook covered for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, chilli powder and some more water. Mix well and cook covered for 5-6 minutes till the pumpkin is well cooked.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. Now add amchur powder and cook for a minute more. 
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.


If you are having it during fasting, substitute salt with black/pink salt.
You can use any oil or ghee in place of mustard oil.
You can keep a little gravy in this curry instead of making it dry. The pumpkin should be well cooked, almost mushy.
This sweet sour spicy pumpkin goes very well with rotis, parathas, poori or besan ki roti.


Nutrition Facts
Khatta Meetha Kaddu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 825mg24%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 11475IU230%
Vitamin C 63.1mg76%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Do try this kaddu recipe and share with me how you liked it. It is pretty easy to prepare and nutritious too.

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You may also want to try other Indian vrat recipes (fasting recipes) like sabudana khichdi, kachche kele ke kebab.

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Shailaja V -

Pumpkin is such a tasty vegetable and gives rise to so many varieties. With roti especially, this will go so well I’ll send this one to a couple of people I know who love pumpkin sabzi.

Soumya Prasad -

You know, I follow this exact recipe ?

I love pumpkin, it is such a delicious vegetable, I wonder why many don’t like it. As for me, I’m known to like the weird ones. Pumpkin, brinjal, snake gourd etc ?

Rachna -

That’s nice to know. I think I like most veggies as well. ?

Parul Thakur -

I like that recipe. It’s simple and doable. My Mum loves kaddu but I have never had much to develop a taste. VT keeps asking me about Kaddu so I think I can do this on his birthday ? ?

Rachna -

? I hope VT likes it.

Parul Thakur -

Ha ha! If I make it ?

Rachna -


Anjali -

Hi, quick question – the pumpkin is peeled and then chopped? I’ve seen it done both ways. I’m a novice cook, so pls clarify. Thanks

Rachna -

Hi Anjali, Yes, I prefer to remove the peel and then chop. Hope that helps.


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