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Lal Bhopla Bhaji / Dudde Upkari

During festivals, auspicious days, I try to follow my Mom's customs to cook food with no onion garlic.  One of my Mom's recipes I love is this stir fry Pumpkin or Lal Bhopla or Kadoo... with lots of chillies and jaggery.  In Konkani, we call this Lal Bhopla Bhaji as Duddhe Upkari.

Pumpkin/Kadoo/Lal Bhopla - 250 gms
Curry Leaves/Kadipata/Karbeo - a sprig
Green Chillies - 5
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Mustard Seeds/Sasam - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery or Brown Sugar - about 1 tsp
Oil preferably Coconut Oil

How to cook Lal Bhoplyachi Bhaji:
  • Peel the pumpkin skin and cut it into bite size pieces.  Wash the curry leaves, green chillies and pat them dry.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadhai/wok and add mustard seeds, curry leaves and asfoetida.
  • After mustard seeds pop, add pumpkin, turmeric and lengthwise slit green chillies.  Stir and cook it covered at low flame.  Keep checking after every 2 minutes.
  • When pumpkin gets cooked and turns soft, add salt, jaggery, grated coconut and chopped cilantro.  Add more coconut if you like.
  • Cook it covered for 5 more minutes and Bhople Upkari is ready.  Garnish with cilantro and/or coconut.


  1. wow uma very nice pumpkin vege...jaggery vl gv it a nice taste...evn coconut too

  2. will try ,it definately gives a festive feel..

  3. Something new for me..Interesting list of ingredients..chillies, jaggery, hing

  4. Yum! I love pumpkin and this looks delicious.

  5. looks delicious, and seems really easy too

  6. Its looking simple n good,,,, my mom also use to cook the same for all auspicious days at our home.

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog n the lovely comments.keep in touch,tc bye

  8. This is my all time favourite and healthy too.

  9. Uma, pumpkin looks yum. I too cook sweet sour pumpkin but ur ingredients are different and yes, my mom too observes this no onion-garlic during festivals.

  10. Simple and tasty recipe. Looks very nice.

  11. Mmmm....looks spicy and delicious.


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