A popular meaty delight, smoked beef is known to be quite a beloved delicacy in Meghalaya, and in other a regions of North-East India. This recipe features this delicious smoky protein paired with the mild, and slightly sweet pumpkin, creating a wonderful combination of mouth-watering flavours. 


  • ½ kg smoked beef, cut into medium-sized pieces

  • ½ kg pumpkin, cut into small chunks 

  • 1 medium onion, chopped 

  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced 

  • ½ tsp turmeric

  • 2 tbsp mustard oil (or vegetable oil)

  • Salt, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add the onions and garlic, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. 

  2. Add the smoked beef and cook it for about 1-2 minutes, or until browned.

  3. Add the pumpkin chunks along with turmeric and salt and sauté it well. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes till the water from the pumpkin dries out.

  4. Serve it hot with steamed rice or roti.

This recipe, served with a steaming plate of rice or freshly made roti is sure to satiate your desire for that mix of smoky, and savoury, yet slightly sweet cravings, as it would definitely hit just the right spots. So go on and give this dish a try!