Pumpkin Gharge- Roasted, not deep fried

Bhoplyache or Pumpkin Gharge are sweet pumpkin puris, that are perfect for the fall season! My version, of course, is not deep fried.

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Roasted Pumpkin Gharge served with Crunchy apple pickle and Scalloped potato subji on the side.

As the aroma of the bhoplyache gharge, the sweet pumpkin puris, fills the autumn air in my home here, it takes me back to my Aai’s (mom’s) kitchen when I was little. It is one of my favorite dishes.

So, needless to say, I overindulge:) Hence was born my idea of roasting them, instead of deep frying them. I have used molasses and brown sugar instead of the traditional jaggery. Also I used rice flour and whole wheat flour as I think the rice flour and the brown sugar help with that certain crisp texture that I miss from avoiding the deep frying.

The pan roasted sweet pumpkin gharge, laced with nutmeg, have all the richness and depth of flavor of the traditional gharge, minus the extra calories of deep frying!

I microwaved the all-natural pumpkin puree for 5 minutes. Then added the brown sugar and molasses and microwaved for another 5 minutes. Look at that deep color in the second picture! I could not wait to eat them:) but had to let the mixture cool slightly. Meanwhile, I combined the flours, salt and nutmeg. When the pumpkin mixture is warm, I kneaded the dough by adding the flour mixture. I add only enough flour to be able to roll the gharge. Too much flour will dilute the taste of the pumpkin mixture and the sweetness. The proportions I used below worked perfectly for me!

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Step 1 thru 4 for making the dough and rolling Roasted Pumpkin Gharge

Pumpkin Gharge

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 15 ounces (1 can) all natural pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin puree, cooked
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Extra rice flour for rolling the dough
  • Ghee to serve

To make the Pumpkin Gharge-

  1. Cook the pumpkin puree in a microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes on high.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar and molasses and microwave for another 5 minutes.
  3. Let the mixture cool slightly. Meanwhile, combine the wheat flour, rice flour, salt and the grated nutmeg.
  4. When the pumpkin mixture is warm, add the flour mixture to make a dough of rolling consistency. Cover and set it aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into 16 parts and roll them in little balls. On a rice floured surface, roll one ball with a rolling pin until it is about 7 inch diameter.
  6. Heat a griddle on medium heat. Roast the Pumpkin Gharge for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cooked thorugh.
  7. Repeat with the other balls of dough.
  8. Serve with ghee as a snack or with ghee,Crunchy apple pickle and a side of Scalloped potato subji as a meal.

The Pumpkin Gharge are sure to add to your enjoyment of the special flavors of fall!



33 thoughts on “Pumpkin Gharge- Roasted, not deep fried

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    1. Thanks Antonia! yes another blogger just suggested that she would have them for breakfast.I could have them anytime!

    1. Natasha, I could not comment on your Tejas….I have been drooling ever since I saw them:) Loved your pictures of Toledo too….what a dreamy place!

    1. Thank you so much! I cannot connect to your site from here. What is the best way to visit your blog?
      I feel I can eat more when they are not deep fried. This version has become a favorite now! Do let me know how you like them!

      1. I can connect now with the link but not
        from the link that comes up on wordpress with your name. You have a great blog!

    1. Thanks Hilda. The Pumpkin Gharge freeze well too. Of course all of them were eaten right away,in our home:)

  1. Two things about Indian recipes; it always looks and sounds delicious and I always have to look up some words. Your recipe looks yummy – This is great because as a teacher/librarian I enjoy learning something new 🙂

  2. This looks delicious. I was intrigued by your suggestion to serve it with Crunchy Apple Pickle so I clicked that link. I love pickled foods and think I would really enjoy it.

    1. Thank you Sheryl! I love pickles too. Indian pickles are either spicy or sweet. Crunchy apple pickle is one of my favorites!

    1. Thank you so much Srividya! I love the fried ones too but I can have these more often, without the guilt:) and the taste is the same.

    1. Thanks Robin! I look forward to your Thursdays door and you never disappoint. Love the day and night contrast.The same set up looks so spooky at night.

    1. Sorry I just saw your lovely comment Vidya! Yes trading ghavans and gharge would be so much fun. Wish we were neighbors 🙂

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