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Pumpkin Dal

Pumpkin Dal is a mighty concoction of cubed pumpkins along with protein-rich pulses and spices.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Gluten free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 260kcal


  • 2 ½ cup cubed pumpkin
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Sambar/ curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 cup dry toor dal split pigeon pea
  • 3 tablespoon cilantro
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Cook the dal with 1 ½ cups water, in a pressure cooker (3 whistles) or on a stovetop until their cores are soft.
  • Place a deep pan over medium heat and drizzle 2 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • As the oil heats up, add cumin seeds followed by ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
  • Add chopped onions and continue to saute until they are transparent.
  • Add the cubed pumpkins and close the lid.
  • Cook them until the pumpkin pieces are soft.
  • Remove the lid and add the spices (Turmeric powder, Chilli powder, Sambar powder, and Garam Masala) one by one and continue to stir well.
  • Now, add the cooked toor dal and salt to taste.
  • Mix well. Add a little more water, if it appears too thick.
  • Cover the lid and simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and chopped cilantro and switch off the heat.


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg