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Turmeric Pumpkin Rice 

Flavorful pumpkin rice with turmeric, an easy and delicious side dish or main meal, perfect for the fall or holiday season.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 135kcal


  • 1 cup boiled rice
  • ½ cup chopped pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ inch ginger chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon split black gram
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro/ coriander leaves


  • Boiled the rice in rice cooker or a steam cooker.
  • Meanwhile steam cook the pumpkin with half cup of water.
  • Peel the skin and blend in to smooth paste.
  • Place a pan over medium heat and drizzle 2 tablespoon oil.
  • When oil heats up, add mustard seeds, split black gram, cumin seeds, saute them for a minute.
  • Add red chili and curry leaves.
  • As they sputter, add ginger, green chilies and saute them for 30 seconds.
  • Add turmeric powder, pumpkin paste and salt and continue to saute them for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Now add the cooked rice and mix well.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve plain or with raita.


The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are relying on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg