Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Lal bhopla raita | kaddu raita marathi style|tambda bhoplyacha raite

Todays Lal bhopla raita is a maharashtrain style recipe

Bhopla means pumpkin,lal means red, & raita is a  salad made with veggies and dahi /curd/yoghurt

difference between bharit and raita

In bharit the vegetable is cooked completely mashed ,mixed with green chilli,sugar,peanut powder ,salt & then tempered & mixed with lime juice.

In raita vegetable raw or  cooked is seasoned with spices like red chilli powder,coriander-cumin powder,sugar,pepper powder,chat masala ,salt & then mixed with dahi/curd/yoghurt.
Adding roasted peanut powder (shengdana koot)  to raita is optional,but most maharshtrians add it

pumpkin is known as kaddu in hindi,bhopla in marathi and Gummadikaya in pumpkin.
you can check my recipe for pumpkin bharta /bhoplyacha bharit  here

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.

you can eat this raita for fasting /vrat in that case skip mustard & curry leaf & use ghee for tempering


You can cook pumpkin in two ways .You can boil the peeled pumpkin in the cooker or cook pumpkin with 2-3 tbsp water covered with lid .


 Lal Bhopla/Gummidikaya/Red Pumpkin - 200gms
 Yoghurt – 3/4 Cup - 1 cup
Green Chillies – 2 or 3
 Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
curry leaf 5-6
 Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
 Crushed roasted groundnuts – 2 tbsp
 coriander leaves - lots
 Oil – 1/2 tsp
 Sugar – A Pinch
Salt to Taste


 1.wash ,peel pumpkin remove seeds .Grate the pumpkin, sprinkle one tablespoon of water, and pressure cook for two or three whistles. or cook pumpkin with 2-3 tbsp water covered with lid .Let the pumpkin cool.

2.Add green chilli,roasted groundnuts, and sugar,salt to yoghurt  and mix well.now add boiled pumpkin

3.In a ladle, heat the oil.Add the mustard seeds,cumin seeds,curry leaf,hing and wait till they splutter

4Add the seasoning to the bharit/raita.Mix  well.

5.garnish with lots of coriander leaves  Serve with rotis,spicy pulaos and biryanis 


1. balance pumpkin sweetness by adding more green chillies