Pumpkin Talkari

To complete this wonderful plate below, I did pumpkin talkari. Another simple side dish that also goes great with sada roti. I could remember the days when I used to carry sada roti and pumpkin talkari to school. Again, at the time, some would have thought of it as poor people food but I really enjoyed it.

A Pumpkin Talkari Recipe

My mother treated squash the same way but I find the squash was a little drier ,so you had to cook it with a little more water. If you don’t have pumpkin at hand you could use squash too.I just remembered the name we had for pumpkin talkari:”Tractor Paint” :^) I know some of you Trinis know what I’m talking about since most of our tractors and excavators are painted in this pumpkin yellow colour LOL! ….I think I have talked enough, so I will just post the recipe now. Enjoy “Tractor Paint”…. I mean Pumpkin Talkari.

pumpkin talkari



1 lb. pumpkin
2 pimentos
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
1 bouillon cube (optional)
1 tbsp. curry (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 small slice of hot pepper
1/2 tsp. geera
2 tbsp. oil


Cut up the onion, pimentos and
garlic and set aside.
Cut up pumpkin and set aside.
heat oil and saute garlic
Add the hot pepper
Add the rest of seasonings, bouillon cube and geera.
Add the pumpkin and stir.
Add a little water and leave to simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes.
Add salt and allow to reduce to a semi thick consistency.
Not too dry though!
Pumpkin Talkari
So ends a fabulous side dish. Bye for now.

Hint: If you do not want to use the bouillon cube, just adjust the amount of salt.

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14 Responses to Pumpkin Talkari

  1. Anonymous March 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    I tried this recipe last week with curry chicken and it was delicious. My husband was so impressed. Thanks for sharing all the recipes…I can’t wait to try more. Keep up all the good work!

  2. Foehre March 16, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    That sounds yummy!
    And lucky me: almost all the ingredients are already at home :D
    I think I will try this today!

  3. Macajuel July 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Oh wait, no sugar needed? I swear some places pumpkin talkari tastes sweet. Unless that’s natural sweetness from the pumpkin. Any thoughts?

  4. Felix July 17, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Some people add a little sugar but there are some pumpkins that has a slightly sweet taste also.

  5. Gypsy November 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Hi I’m making this now for lunch. Have had it before but following your recipe which makes it look even easier and it is smelling great! Kids can’t wait to eat! Oh, btw… we know it as ‘Tractor Grease’ lol!

  6. 21hutwun March 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Thanks for posting all these great recipes, I thought I would’ve done this myself for all my friends who love my trini-food, I looked far and wide for someone who cooks like me and lo and behold I just stumbled upon your website. THIS IS REAL TRINI STYLE…..I LOVE IT…. I just send them your link….I just have to make 2 cookbooks for the kids so they’ll always have my cooking even when i’m not there.

  7. Felix March 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    You’re welcome hutwun. Do visit again. There are lots of real Trini recipes on the site. :-)

  8. Allan Samaroo July 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    yuh mean tractor grease!!!!!!!!!!

  9. sooman November 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    We have the exact same recipe in Mauritius.

    • Felix November 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

      I wouldn’t be surprised :-) East Indian cooking is all over the globe. Do you see any other recipes on the site that are similar?

  10. Nikki February 7, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    This is the same a Pumpkin Choka right?

  11. Kat February 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Hi hi how many does this serve/how many pot spoons/cups approx?

    • Felix February 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

      This recipe has approximately 3 to 4 servings.

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