Pumpkin Curry Fiji Style | Kaddu Tarkari

Back on the islands of Fiji, Pumpkin curry, or kaddu tarkari as we called it was a popular dish during weddings and most major celebrations. In fact, it may still be practiced today, that when there is a marriage, kaddu puri (pumpkin curry with deep fried puri) is expected. Mom used to always say that weddings aren't completed without it. 

When I found an overgrown patty pan squash type pumpkin at the store last Halloween, I thought it was a steal at $1 so I purchased it. I kept it in the garage, where its cold and dark, for a few months. Just last week, I "found" it and knew that it had to be cooked since the weather is warming up and the garage will no longer be "cool" and dark. It lead to a delicious pumpkin curry with puri and some raita. Let me share the recipe with you! I've also shared my YouTube video showing how I made this. Follow along and make this delicious pumpkin soon!

  • 6 cups pumpkin, cubed 
  • 1 small onion, chopped about 1/2 cup 
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic, crushed 
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves 
  • Green or dry red chili to taste 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1-2 tbsp oil 
  • Salt To Taste
  • 1/4 inch ginger crushed (optional)
  • 1 tsp tamarind pulp (optional)
  • 1 pat of butter (optional)

  • Wash and peel the hard skin of Pumpkin. Remove the seeds from inside and cut the smooth fleshy bits into small to medium sized cubes.
  • Heat oil in pan and add onions and cook until translucent. 
  • Add garlic/ginger mix and saute for a minute. 
  • Add chili, cumin, turmeric, and curry leaves and stir well - saute for 30 seconds
  • Add pumpkin and stir really well
  • If you pumpkin doesn't release its own juices, add 1/4 cup of water.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes until the pumpkin is soft and easily mashed with the back of a spoon. Stir occasionally, smashing pumpkin each time. 
  • Add tamarind pulp and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Turn off heat and add pat of butter if using. 

This dish is best served with Puri (deep fried bread).

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