Sunday, 28 April 2019

Nagaland - Pumpkin Oambal, How to prepare Naga land's Pumpkin Oambal recipe.

 Today's recipe is Nagaland's famous chutney Pumpkin Oambal. It is very yummy with sweet and sour taste. I know what you are thinking that why I am posting Nagaland's recipe all of a sudden right?? Let me explain first recently I joined in Shhhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge fb group with the help of  Priya Iyer - thephotowali is her site. And Renu Agarwal -  Cookwithrenu is her site. And the admin Mayuri Patel - Mayuris-jikoni is her site, thanks for approving my request. In Shhhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge  fb group every month they select one state and pair two group members. Both share secret ingredients and others has to guess it later. At the end of the month we have to publish the recipe, so that's the reason today I am posting Nagaland's recipe 😍. 

         My Nagaland partner is Renu Agarwal, she gave me red chilli and Tamarind and I gave her green chilli and ginger as two secret ingredients. I checked many sites for this recipes, and stopped at Annapurna blog - Poonam Bachhav ji's blog. 

        A small information about Nagaland - It is a state in North east of India. It is the 16th state of India with 16 different tribes. They eat meat which includes dogs, cats, rats, monkeys, birds etc.,  consume extremely hot and spicy food, they use Naga king chilli called as bhut jolika which is the hottest chilli pepper.  Naga cusine include both vegetable dish and meat dish which is smoked, dried or fermented. Naga's prefer most edible organic leaves, fermented bamboo shoots with fish and pork. (information from wiki)

 Coming to recipe,  pumpkin Oambal is very tasty with sweet and sour from tamarind and jaggery and we also add raisins which I loved it alot. At first I was scared to taste it. But trust me it is very unique taste, in a glance it felt like Odisha's khata mita chutney which I nd hubby used to love alot in Puri Jagannath temple 😍. 

Let's start recipe

                  Pumpkin Oambal

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cook Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 3 people 
Category : Chutney's
Recipe Cuisine: Nagaland
Main ingredient: Pumpkin
Author : Aruna SarasChandra


Pumkin - 250 grams

Tamarind - small lemon size
Mustard oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Rasins - 15
Red chilli - 1
Bay leaf - 2
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt as per taste
Jaggery - 1/2 cup


1) Soak tamarind in hot water. 

2) Wash pumpkin and remove it skin and seeds and cut into small pieces. 

3) Take pumpkin pieces in a bowl and add 1 glass of water and cook it on medium flames. 

4) Cook till the pumpkin pieces becomes smooth. 

5) Take the above cooked pumpkin pieces into bowl and mash it well as shown below. 

6) Extract tamarind juice into above Mashed pumpkin. 

7) Now mix the above tamarind juice and Mashed pumpkin well. 

8) Heat 1 tsp of mustard oil in a pan, then add mustard seeds once it start crackling then add red chilli, bay leaf, raisins one after other and fry it well. 

9) Now add pumpkin tamarind mixture to the above and mix it well. 

10) Now add grated jaggery/ powdered jaggery to the above. 

11) Then add salt and red chilli powder to above  

12) Mix the above well and cook it on low flames for 2 to 3 minutes by closing lid. 

That's it sweet, sour and tasty Nagaland's pumpkin Oambal is ready to serve. I had this chutney with hot steamed rice. We can also have it with rotis. 


** Adjust tamarind and jaggery according to your taste. 

** Rasins give good unique  taste to chutney, so d't skip adding it. 

** Adjust water quantity according to the quantity of pumpkin you use while boiling. 

Also check other chutney's by clicking the link below the pic.. 

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           Green tomato chutney

        Guntur Dosakaya Pachadi

                 Brinjal chutney

           Kobbari perugu pachadi

      Coriander Tomato chutney

                        Coconut Chutney

   Raw Mango Moong dal chutney

             Pudina coconut chutney

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  1. Superbbb mind blowing recipe

  2. The ingredients that have gone into that chutney is very interesting mix of sweet and spicy... lovely recipe to choose...

  3. Thanks a bunch Rafeeda ji 😊🌹

  4. We make pumpkin bhaji in similar way with different ingredients. Love the addition of tamarind in this to make it tangy. Delicious share.

    1. Yes Renu, adding tamarind gave good taste to Oambal, Thank you 😊

  5. A delicious looking chutney, Aruna. Would never have thought of using pumpkin to make a chutney.

    1. I too di, at first was bit scared how it will taste, but it was very tasty. I already prepared it for second time 😍

  6. This pumpkin chutney has the all flavours in it, sweet, sour, spicy. It looks tasty.

  7. Yes Jayashree ji,raisins adds extra taste to chutney, Thank you 😊

  8. I am glad you liked the pumpkin oambal as much as we liked. The chutney looks super inviting !

  9. The pumpkin ombal looks so inviting, the semi sweet flavour of the pumpkin and the raisins I am sure makes the dish so superior.

  10. looks so intersting and different one. Nagaland cuisine was very challenging. Chutney looks full of flavors

  11. Chutney with pumpkin looks very flavorful and delicious. Never thought that we can make chutney with pumpkin too.

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