Curried Butternut Squash with Brown Chickpeas

Curried Butternut Squash with Brown Chickpeas

The combination of pumpkin and the brown chickpeas is a traditional dish from home. We call it Kumror Chokka. Kumro is Pumpkin; but do not ask me why it is a Chokka. Think of this dish as a flavorful curried pumpkin – just right for the season in all its traits and personality.

As a very typical Bengali vegetarian dish, the recipe never uses onion or garlic. It is flavored with the classic Panch Phoron/Indian five spice.The trump card of Bengali cooking probably is the use of mustard oil and the  panch phoron; this spice mix is used  as tempering at the beginning and as well as to finish off the dish.

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