Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pumpkin curry

You can also call this as Pumpkin Masala.Pumpkins are part of the same plant family that includes squash and cucumbers and can be found in an array of shapes and sizes. Make use of the seeds from your pumpkin by roasting them for a snack.I love pumpkin especially if i do this kind of masala!! I hope everyone likes this..

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.

Ingredients:

Onion -1 big( chopped finely/grinded)

Ginger-garlic paste-1

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

oil-4 tsp

Preparation:

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.

21 comments:

  1. wow ! Thanks for the recipe ..love the pics aswell .Looks like very healthy recipe

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  2. Nice info abt.pumpkin...recipe sounds great.

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  3. Wow...looks like a yummo combo with Roti's..Good one Lavanya..:)
    Thanks for the visit n comment..You from Remond too?:) So we are neighbors huh..!!:)

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  4. The pumpkin curry sounds amazing! I've never had that before. Yum!

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  5. Wow that's a pretty looking pumpkin..may have to try the next time I buy one:)

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  6. Mangala:yes ..this is very good for health n very tasty too :)
    Deepa:ThanQ deepa!!
    Varsha:Yes.. we are neighbours dear :)
    5starfoodie:thanks for your lovely words!!
    Ranjani:yup..try it n let me know!!

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  7. ohh very new to me. never used pumpkin in curries..do u live in west coast? if so where? i am in LA.

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  8. Nice to meet ya Lavanya. Thanks for the comments. I will be checking out your blog, looks good. Kima is a staple in our house too.

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  9. Mahimaa:yeah mahimaa..i am in westcoast,place is redmond,Wasington state.I hope you knew it!!ok you are in CA..its our neighbor state:)
    Exotic:you too :)

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  10. Hey,
    Thanx for visiting my blog.I've never made this before.Great click of the pumpkins.

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  11. Looks great lavanya, I love red Pumpkin too, so yummy! :))

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  12. Looks colorful and Tasty.Wil try it next time.

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  13. Pumpkin looks so pretty... you can send this to this event: http://justurs.blogspot.com/2009/02/magnificent-click-contest-2009.html

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  14. I love pumpkins Lavanya! I mostly do sambhar with this. this really looks delicious! gotta try this!

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  15. I have something for you, dear -> http://vibaas-world.blogspot.com/2009/03/potato-sandwich-and-awards.html

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  16. I love dishes that are both colorful and flavorful, but still healthy. Looks like this fits the bill perfectly! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  17. Nice pics...I like pumpkin curry with roti...taste just wonderful

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  18. Looking pretty..thought of trying pumpkin from long back will try this ..

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  19. hahha, i got it finally. i will try this pumpkin and it was my favrite.

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