Lal Bhoplyache Bharit /Red Pumpkin Raita#SundayFunday

I enjoying having salad or raita with every meal. My hubby too loves this raita and also the sabzi prepared from this vegetable. Lal Bhopla Bharit is a raita made with steamed red pumpkin, yogurt and is then tempered with flavorful spices, this is prepared in every Maharashtrian home. This raita is a great accompaniment to roti ,pulao and biryani where its sweetness balances the spiciness.
This appetizing raita is a great side dish, if you are fasting and is sure to be loved by those who do not like pumpkin. 
Serve Lal Bhoplyache Bharit with roti for a main course meal or on festival thali.

Here we get different types of pumpkin-
Lauki - in Hindi or Bottle Gourd in English and Dudhi in Marathi.
Red Pumpkin or Yellow Pumpkin or Squash or Kabocha Squash as some call it, here we call it in Marathi as Lal Bhopla and Kaddu in Hindi. I like buying the ripe one which turns red and is also sweet in taste, so we call it Red Pumpkin/Lal Bhopla.
Then we have Ash Gourd/ Winter Melon/ White Pumpkin which is call Kohllaa in Marathi and in Hindi Petha Kaddu from which the famous Agra Petha is made from.

250 Grams Lal Bhopla/Red Pumpkin- chop into cubes
1 Cup Thick Yogurt - beaten
2 Green Chillies – finely chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida
A Spring Curry leaves
1 Teaspoon Desi Ghee
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
Salt to Taste

Boil the pumpkin with a tablespoon of water or pressure cook for a whistle. Let the pumpkin cool then mash it with a spoon.
Add yogurt, salt, sugar, chillies and mix well. In a laddle, heat ghee, add the mustard seeds when they splutter, add the curry leaves and asafoetida. Pour the seasoning to the bharit/raita.
Give it a mix and serve with chilled.  
Labels: Red Pumpkin, Raita, Salads, Main course, Healthy,  Vegetarian, Yogurt, Sunday Funday 
In our today's event for Sunday Funday, wherein we share recipes our families will love to enjoy on a Sunday. I thank our host for this week's event
Rebekah Rose Hills of theme is "Squash It To Me".

Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Oh, my goodness that looks delicious, Sneha. I can't wait to try it.

  2. This sounds super flavorful!

  3. Wow....what a wonderful recipe Sneha. A great meal all by itself for me.

  4. I learn so much from your recipes, now I'll have to try my hand at this raita.

  5. I always learn something new from your posts Sneha - thank you so much for sharing a glimpse into your kitchen with us, this sounds like such an incredible blend of flavors!! We're going to have to convince you to do a spice exchange with us some time - I am so curious about some of the ingredients I see in your recipes!