How to make Pumpkin Talkari

Pumpkin Talkari with a spoon and fresh pumpkin on the side
Close up shot of Pumpkin Talkari in a bowl
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Pumpkin Talkari is an excellent sweet porridge-like mash-up of pumpkin, onion, garlic, and spices. Talkari probably comes from the Bengali word, Tarkari, and is generally applied to any vegetable dish. This is great for vegetable lovers who want a sweet and savory treat in one. In Trinidad, you will find Pumpkin Talkari is eaten at any time of the day and goes great with your favorite roti. Although some locals will call it 'Tractor Greece'. It is a delicious side dish for the main meal, especially curry! Try out this recipe for Pumpkin Talkari to find a new appreciation for pumpkin.

Tip: This Pumpkin Talkari recipe is a perfect idea for a vegan fall recipe.

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 5 (11 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins



Place a deep skillet or heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat. Add coconut oil and simmer until hot. 
Add the onions to heated oil and cook until translucent in appearance. 
Add garlic to the pan, mix with the onion, stirring with a wooden spoon, cook for 3 minutes or until tender.
Add the pumpkin to the pan, mix with other ingredients, and cover. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.
Stir now and then to prevent the pumpkin from sticking to the pan and test if it is cooked by pressing to see if it can be mashed.
Once the pumpkin is cooked, add the remaining ingredients, mashing and mixing everything into a thick pulp.
Once thoroughly mixed, remove from the heat, allowing to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Serve with your favorite roti or as a side dish for your meal.

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Tarkari, Vegan, Vegetarian, Talkari, choka, roti, vegan fall recipes

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