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.

Please 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 is a steamed, kinda stewed, pumpkin. It is so 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.

What to eat my choka with?

How do I love my talkari? Alongside some curry chicken and curry aloo.

Sometimes I am very lucky to get a naturally 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.

Majority of the times, at the supermarkets here, they only sell whole pumpkins. I then have to sit and struggle to cut it up myself.

I have no idea why pumpkin skin is so ridiculously hard for me to peel off. Some tips for an easier cooking:

  • - Try to find cubed pumpkin. I get it at my farmers market. It's not peeled but def easier to get that skin off if you don't want to loose a finger.
  • - You do not have to cut the pumpkin up into small pieces. Just chunks will do. I think it gives a better texture. And you know I prefer texture just look at how I make my dhal.
  • - Really be careful of how much water you add in. You don't want too much water to start with. Add a little if by chance your pot starts sticking. Not even a 1/3 cup at a time. I actually add by tablespoons.
  • - Remember this is steaming. Not cooking. So have some patience with it. You might be a pot checker like me, ugh, have the patience to leave it to steam.

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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