Trinidad Pumpkin Choka (Talkari)

An easy side dish, perfect to be eaten with rice or roti

Pumpkin Choka - An easy recipe for seasoned, mashed pumpkin dish, traditionally severed as a side with roti.

Can you just go ahead and add this to your dinner plans tonight? Or you can just go ahead and make it for lunch. This is going to be the best pumpkin side you will ever taste.

This steamed, kinda stewed, pumpkin is delicious, especially considering you don't do much to make it. Popularly known as choka or talkari, this pumpkin is steamed down and can be eaten with plain rice or saada roti.

How do I love my talkari? Alongside some curry chicken and curry aloo. Especially if I was fortunate to get a sweet piece of pumpkin from the store? The sweetness of the pumpkin with the salt makes a great combination of a little sweet and a little savory.

I usually grab a whole pumpkin from the grocery and struggle to cut it up. I have no idea why pumpkin skin is so ridiculously hard for me to peel off. If you don't want to take chances of losing a finger while peeling you are free to get those cubed pumpkins they sell at stores to use. I won't judge you.

Pumpkin Choka -Talkari

And once cubed, it's all about steaming and seasoning.

Make sure to keep your eye on the pot since you don't want all the liquid to dry up. You want the pumpkin to have a little gravy, Remember I mentioned it is eaten with roti, so we want to have some sauce.

Talkari is really a great side, whether with roti or rice. Or macaroni pie.. or..

The possibilities are endless.

Pumpkin Choka -Talkari

Meatless Monday here I come!!

Pumpkin Choka (Talkari)

An easy recipe for seasoned, mashed pumpkin dish, traditionally severed as a side with roti.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 2 lbs pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons water


  1. Put pumpkin, water, garlic and salt in a heavy saucepan and steam on low heat until pumpkin is tender (mashed up)
  2. Add oil
  3. Add salt to taste and leave to simmer to till consistency you prefer (don't let all the liquid dry out)
  4. If pumpkin wasn't sweet, add a little sugar while it simmers
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Pumpkin Choka Talkari

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