I love raitas and I love red pumpkin/gummidikaya/lal bhopla. So Lal Bhopla Bharit is a great favourite of mine. I first had it, some two decades ago, at the home of a Maharashtrian friend and ever since, I make it often.
Lal Bhopla Bharit or Lal Bhopla Raita is a great accompaniment to rotis. It also goes very well with spicy pulaos and biryanis where its sweetness offsets the spiciness.
- Lal Bhopla/Gummidikaya/Red Pumpkin – 200 gms
- Yoghurt – 3/4 Cup
- Green Chillies – 2 or 3
- Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Crushed roasted groundnuts – 2 tbsp
- Oil – 1/2 tsp
- Sugar – A Pinch
- Salt to Taste
- Grate the pumpkin, sprinkle one tablespoon of water, and pressure cook for two or three whistles.
- Let the pumpkin cool.
- Add well-beaten yogurt and sugar, and mix well.
- In a ladle, heat the oil.
- Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
- Add cumin seeds and fry till they just start to turn brown.
- Add split green chillies and fry for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the seasoning to the bharit/raita.
- Add the crushed roasted groundnuts and salt.
- Mix well.
- Serve with rotis.
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