Health benifits of pumpkin:
1.Pumpkin is really low in calorie . The perfect vegetable for persons who watch their weight.
2.Vitamin C and potassium are also an added health benefit, as well as fiber. The bright orange flesh of pumpkin is loaded with bta-carotene.This vitamin is an important antioxidant that helps us fight free radicals.( which have great anti-cancer properties.)
3.Pumpkin seeds can also be eaten dried.They are actually very healthy and are used in the treatment of many illnesses .Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and essential fatty acids.
4.Pumpkinseed oil contains good fats, which have been linked to healthier skin, an increase in energy, and improved mental function. Be sure to roast your seeds at 300 degrees or less to protect the inherent good fats.
Onion -1 big( chopped finely/grinded)
turmeric powder-¼ tsp
tomatoes-2(finely chopped/grinded puree)
green chilli-1 split
garam masala-1 tsp
Salt to taste
red chilli powder-1/4 th tbs
chopped fresh coriander for garnishing
pumpkins-1/4 th piece of medium sizeed pumpkin
1.First peel the pumpkin skin,cut pumpkin into medium sized cubes.Grind onions and tomotoes seperately.Usually if we buy the pumpkin in indian groceries they won't have seeds.
2.Heat the oil in a pan and, when heated, add the onion paste .Once the onion paste is fried add tomoto puree and fry for 5 min and then add ginger- garlic paste and fry until very lightly golden.(if you want you can also put all seasoning ingredients)
3.Lower the heat and add the turmeric, green chilli and saute for a min.Add a splash of water to prevent the mixture becoming too dry.Stir well and add the garam masala, salt, red chilli powder too.
4.Once the mixture has become shiny and the oil has begun to separate (add splashes of water if necessary), add the pumpkin pieces and stir well to coat thoroughly with the mixture.
5.Turn up the heat and stir-fry for about five minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, reduce to a medium heat, cover and cook gently for 10-15 minutes until the pumpkin pieces are soft.Don't cook over time,it will become mushy.Just check and see ,if at all if you feel pieces are not cooked add little water and cook for few more min.
6.Carefully stir occasionally to check it is not sticking to the bottom.Turn the heat off and Garnish with chopped coriander.
7.Serve and enjoy with your rice or chapathi's.