Ucche Kumror Chakka

Ucche Kumror Chakka a combination of bitter gourd (ucche), pumpkin (kumror) cooked together with potatoes and black chickpeas to make a perfect balanced curry.Bengalis are fond of vegetables like gourd,roots,bitter gourd and leftovers from vegetables like peels and stems and bits that are normally discarded in other cuisines.

This was the second alphabet that made me nuts .I only found one name Ucche means bitter gourd or Karela word to justify the alphabetical theme.After looking  up for a few recipes with uchhe ,I found this one interesting recipe .But then I wasn’t sure if my family who hates bitter gourd would even try it.Then after a lot of thinking I mixed two recipes and made one combination.Addition of potatoes and black chickpeas made it more delicious and interesting.I used very small pieces of bitter gourd that too peeled so they won’t recognize the presence of Bitter gourd in the curry.The best part was that the pumpkin balanced the bitterness of karela and non one ever asked if there is something bitter in the dish.

I modified the recipe to our taste and preference but I do not want to alter any particular dish so please don’ mind and think how someone can change any authentic recipe and named it whatever.I just made the name to suit it for my A to Z cooking theme .

Blogging Marathon#63 Day 21
Dish-Ucche Kurmor Chakka
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1 cup black chickpea/boiled
1/2 cup bitter gourd,peeled and chopped
1 potato,cut in cubes
2 cups pumpkin,cut in cubes
2 green chillies,cut in slits
1 teaspoon ginger,grated
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
a pinch aseftida
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup coconut,grated
2 dried red chillies
1 teaspoon ghee


Sprinkle turmeric and a little salt on bitter gourd and leave or 30 minutes.Squeeze excess water and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add fenugreek seeds,aseftida and dry red chillies.Stir and add potato cubes.Sprinkle half a teaspoon of turmeric powder.Cook covered until potatoes are a little soft.
Now add grated ginger,green chilli slit,coriander powder,turmeric powder,cumin powder and salt .Stir and add pumpkin cubes and bitter gourd pieces.Add a tablespoon water and cook covered until pumpkin are soft.
Open lid,stir and add cooked black chickpeas.Cook for 1 minute more.
Sprinkle grated coconut and garam masala.Pour ghee and serve hot with rice or luchi.


Serve-4 Cooking time-30 minutes

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Sapana Behl

13 comments on “Ucche Kumror Chakka”

  1. pumpkin, bitter gourd, potato with black chickpeas.. what a combo. I wouldnt have thought about this. interesting and awesome.

  2. Looks so delicious and healthy

  3. Srivalli says:

    Atleast you got a vegetable with the alphabet..and I can understand how tough it is when we cook a new one..the curry does look inviting..

  4. Highly inviting curry, adding chickpeas with bitter gourd sounds seriously very unique. Prefect dish for U.

  5. Usha Rao says:

    I like bitter gourd and black chana combination. We use this combination for pulusu(tangy gravy)

  6. Sana, even I had a tough time with U , but we have to crack the nut:))..and you have done a beautiful job..excellent dish.

  7. Whatever may be the authentic version, this medley of vegetables lookinviting and sound flavorful.

  8. I usually combine bitter gourd and potatoes. This looks very nice. I am sure it tasted awesome..

  9. Pavani N says:

    Bittergourd and pumpkin sounds like a tasty combo – one complimenting the other. Curry looks delicious.

  10. Wow! This combination of veggies and chickpeas sounds delicious.

  11. Love the combination of veggies and chickpeas. I'm sure the curry tasted delicious.

  12. Loved the way you combined chickpeas and vegetables in one dish. Amazing pick for U!!

  13. That is a delicious combination of vegetables and love the recipe.

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