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Monday, 29 October 2012

Uday's Pumpkin curry


This recipe was given to me by Uday and it was so well written that I did not change it all. It is one of the tastiest curry that I have ever eaten with red pumpkin and halloween is the perfect time for it. It does not require any chopping onions or tomatoes , ground peanuts and fresh coconut imparts an amazing taste to this curry. I did not have guvar and I did not peel the skin of the pumpkin yet it was yummy.
Ingredients:
Pumpkin-4 cups
Guvar (or not, if guvar is not available)
Oil-little
Mustard seeds 1tsp, Cumin seeds 1tsp, Fennugreek seeds half tsp
Turmeric-a pinch
Red chillies - 4whole
Roasted Groundnut powder-half cup
Coconut-half cup
Coriander leaves-for garnishing

Method:
1. Cut pumpkin into around 4 x 4 cm pieces after peeling the external skin.
2. Cut guvar into 4-5 cm long pieces.
3. Take oil in a saucepan and after it is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennugreek seeds and turmeric.
4. Add whole red chillies to it - the number depends on the amount of curry and how hot one wants it.
5. Add cut guvar and cook it for around 5-6 minutes. Guvar takes longer to cook than pumpkin and hence need to be added earlier.
6. Add pumpkin to it and cover it until 'nearly cooked'. Dont fully cook the pumpkin as yet as otherwise it can disintegrate later. Keeping the external skin of it is a good idea to prevent it from disintegrating and the skin tastes fine as well, after cooking.
7. Add groundnut powder, coconut (fresh coconut is far better than dessicated one), salt and a bit of sugar.
8. Add water and coriander and steam it for another 2-3 minutes and its ready.
9. Enjoy it with roti and tastes lovely with curd rice.

Hints:
1. Ask your spouse to cut pumpkin as it can be a bit strenuous ! :-)
2. You can always blame your spouse for him/her not cutting pumpkin to the right size.
3. Keep guvar cutting to yourself as it is much easier option.
4. By this, you are 'equally' sharing the cutting of vegetables ;-)
5. Make sure that you have already got your spouse to not only buy but to then scrape the coconut, a few days earlier. By doing this you want to show that you dont want to tire him/her out on one day.
6. For the last half a minute of cooking, ask your spouse to look after the curry so that if its over cooked, with pumpkin disintegrating, you can blame him/her! I like to use a fork to test whether the pumpkin is cooked.
7. When it has turned out well, dont forget to admire and thank your spouse for all the help, as it will improve his/her help in the kitchen thereafter. :-)

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