Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Petha Vadi - Petha Wadi Sabzi - Pethe Ki Sabzi - North Indian Style Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Recipe

Petha Vadi is a sweet and spicy North Indian style Sabzi which can be served with  Roti/Chapati. The texture of this dish is like a Bharta i.e soft and mushy and is basically Pumpkin and Punjabi vadi cooked with onion tomato and dry Indian spices. For those who are new to the concept of Vadi (or Wadiyan), these are ground and spiced lentils shaped in rounds/dumplings and then sun-dried for long preservation. Wadiyan can be made at home but are also available at most grocery stores. Pumkin when cooked is sweet and soft while the Vadi is spicy and hard/crunchy so the combination together is just perfect. 

Like most Punjabi recipes you see on my Blog this one is my MIL's recipe. She uses pressure cooker for this recipe and so do I. However you can also make this dish in a regular pan/vessel. Just cook the pumpkin until its soft and can be easily mashed by fork or spatula. 

Now to the recipe... 

4 cups Petha (Pumpkin) cut into small cubes
1 and 1/2 vadi crushed to small pieces 
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
2 green chillies finely chopped
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder (or to taste)
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
1/4 tsp garam masala (optional)
salt to taste

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and once hot add the cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds start to splutter add the onions and green chillies and saute for 2-3 mins on medium heat. Then add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the onions are translucent.  Now add the Vadi followed by tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Give it a good mix and cover and cook until the tomatoes are soft. 

Now add the dry spices like chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin seeds powder. Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes. Then add the diced pumpkin and mix so that all the masala coats the pumpkin properly. Now close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for abbout 2 whistles. Then switch off the gas and allow the steam to escape completely before opening the pressure cooker lid. Now on medium low flame cook the pumpkin stirring occasionally so as to evaporate the water (secreted by pumpkin). Once its almost dry add the garam masala and chopped coriander leaves and give it a final mix. 


  • Pumkin when pressure cooked tends to secrete water hence no water needs to be added while cooking it.
  • The Wadiyan are spicy so adjust the red chilli and garam masala to your taste  
  • I have used pressure cooker for this recipe but you can also make it in a regular pan/vessel. Just cook the pumpkin until its soft and can be easily mashed by fork or spatula. 
  • You can also add some dry mango powder or lemon juice to add a bit of sourness. 

That's it our Sweet and Spicy Petha Vadi Sabzi is ready. Serve with some hot Roti's/chapatis. Enjoy!!

Happy Cooking!!


  1. sweet and delicious sabzi..yumm with chapathis :)

  2. Can't wait to try this out.... Beautiful clicks!!!!!!

  3. this really looks amazing but i need your help..
    what on earth is vadi ? can't find anything here on german google :-)))

    1. Hi Chris, Vadi are made from ground and spiced lentils and then shaped in rounds/dumplings and sun-dried for long preservation. These are available in Indian grocery stores. If you cant find these you can still make this recipe just skip the vadi. Hope you give it a try. Would love to hear how it turned out :)

  4. This dish looks absolutely wonderful! I love the step by step instructions. The sweet combination of the pumpkins + the spicy elements from the green chilis must taste wonderful! Pinned and can't wait to try :D

    1. Thanks a ton Ceara, Yes the sweet and spicy elements really taste great together. Would love to hear how it turned out once u try :)

  5. What does the recipe mean by- Now close the lid to the pressure cooker and cook for "about 2 whistles"?
    Can anyone tell me what that would be in minutes? Thanks.

    1. Hi, those instructions are if you are using a pressure cooker to cook this dish. Time may vary depending on the pressure cooker and gas range. However you can even cook this in regular cooking vessel. Cook until the pumpkin is fork tender.


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