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.