The fall season is almost here, leaves are changing colours and pumpkins are abundant! Soon Halloween and the pumpkin carving fun will be upon us. Pumpkins come both with orange and green coloured skins. They are rich in fiber and vitamin. Being versatile, pumpkins are easy to cook up many cuisines from savoury to sweet recipes, be it soup, curry or even desserts!
Just yesterday, I attended a ladies meet. There was plenty of home made food, laughter and non stop chatter. Amidst the fun we exchanged some recipes and enjoyed the delicious pumpkin curry made by our hostess. Crunchy skin and roasted seeds added texture to the sweet, spicy curry.
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Vegetable Curry
350 – 400 gms of orange pumpkin (keep the skin)
2-3 medium size onions
1-2 green chillies
salt, water, oil as desired
50 gms of khus khus seeds
50 gms dessicated coconut ( fresh preferable)
2 tsps. sesame seeds
1 inch ginger
3-6 garlic cloves
1 spoon cumin seeds (roasted for full flavour)
1 tsps. turmeric powder
curry leaves (optional)
coriander leaves for garnish
roasted pumpkin seeds (remove outer skin)
Wash and cut the pumpkin into small cubes with skin intact, remove the pith and seeds. Keep the seeds aside on paper, later roast them in oven or heated pan and cool. Keep aside.
Chop the onions, garlic, ginger, chilli and coconut and grind into fine paste. Lightly roast the sesame seeds and khus khus. Cool and powder them.
Heat 2 big ladles of cooking oil in heavy bottom pan or wok. Splutter the cumin, add turmeric powder and curry leaves. Add fresh paste of onion -ginger and lightly roast till soft brown, the strong aroma fills the kitchen – Beware! Add the seeds paste and some water to keep mixture from browning.
Add the cubed pumpkin, salt and just enough water to cover the curry mixture. (if you wish add a pinch to sugar…to bring out the sweetness). Cover, gently cook the curry, till pumpkin is just tender and bit crunchy.
Take off the gas stove, pouring cooked curry into desired dish. Garnish with chopped coriander, roasted seeds that add to the crunchy texture.
Enjoy this delicious curry with contrasting flavours. Serve with rice or Roti /Naan / Pita bread.
For another Pumpkin recipe see here.
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