Pumpkin curry with Indian spices/ Kaddu sour and spicy curry

When you think of pumpkin, you get a picture of Halloween decoration or as pie filling or in soups, cakes and muffins. It is not for mere decoration but more of a nutritious orange plant. Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers. All pack for a powerful nutritional punch.

Here I am sharing an Indian way of cooking delicious Pumpkin curry/ Kaddu ki sabji. It is made without onion and garlic, so can be made at times of festivals like Navratri. It tastes sweet and sour with flavors and aroma of Indian spices. This recipe is of my mother, simple to make and pairs well with paratha, puri or phulka chapati.

 

photogrid_15386747293151725905870.jpgPumpkins contain a wealth of antioxidants. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene etc. It has been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage. Check below for health benefits.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Cups of orange Pumpkin cubed
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • Salt as per taste
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp paprika/ red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds crushed
  • 1 tsp amchur powder/ dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala

As ripe pumpkin are little sweet so I have not used sugar in this recipe. 1 tsp sugar can be added to make it more sweeter.

Method:

First step is to carefully cut your pumpkin. I always first try to cut in long rectangular small pieces. Clean all seeds and soft part with help of knife. Now is little challenging part of peeling the skin which is generally hard. Be careful with sharp knife.

  • I have kept these small rectangular pieces in microwave in safe plat with soft side down. I microwaved for 15 seconds, if we do more it will start to cook in microwave only. It helped peeling off skin little. {This step is optional }

Then chop into bite sized pieces approximately 1 inch or so. If we make very small size then they turn mushy when over-cooked. Wash them in colander and let all water drain nicely. So wait for 5-10 minutes.

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Heat oil in a pan on medium flame. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds,allow them to crackle. Followed by fenugreek seeds and a pinch of asafoetida. Add dry out pumpkin followed by salt and turmeric powder. Stir all nicely and keep covered for cooking for 5 minutes on low flame. After a while pumpkin will release moisture, if it doesn’t then sprinkle very little water. when cooked add crushed fennel seeds, paprika, amchur and coriander powder. Mix gently and cook for 1-2 minutes. Switch off the flame and garnish with cilantro leaves.

 

 

 

 

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Health – Benefits :

Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin has a range of fantastic health benefits, including being one of the best-known sources of Beta-carotene.

  • Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart diseases, and delay aging and body degeneration.
  • It decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality. It can also help prevent diabetes and heart disease, and promote a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and a healthful body mass index BMI.
  • Eating pumpkin is good for the heart. The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pumpkin all support heart health.
  • Fiber slows the rate of sugar absorption into the blood, as well as promoting regular bowel movement and smooth digestion. A healthful fiber intake can also help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Tips:

  • If you choose to microwave for softening the skin, then be careful for time. If done for more than go for making soup or puree.
  • Microwave fennel seeds for 10-15 seconds and then crush with rolling pin. It will reduce moisture content in seeds quickly.
  • If pumpkin cooked for more/ stirring more often, it will turn your curry mushy.
  • Avoid canned pumpkin pie mix, as it typically contains added sugars and syrups.
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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Ramyarecipes says:

    Definitely delicious 😋

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Yes, indeed and simple too❤
      Thank you

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  2. Jyoti Rao says:

    One of my favorite curry. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Jyoti ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Looks so delicious… I will definitely try this recipe🤗

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  4. Tanya says:

    Rita you won’t believe but I just cooked pumpkin curry today, the only things is your chapatis are rounder and curry much better than mine. Great food!

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    1. Rita says:

      Hi, Tanya 😊
      Thank you very much for appreciating my curry and chapatis. It’s always other side is more beautiful.❤ And yes great food for fall.

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      1. Tanya says:

        My pleasure, indeed great food for fall, with lots of pumpkin around 🙂

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  5. Megala says:

    Great recipe using pumpkin! Sounds absolutely delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Megala

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    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Jyoti

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  6. Pumpkin Curry is one of my favourites. Loved the recipe and yes it is nutrition dense too.

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    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Vidya

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  7. Sandhya says:

    This recipe sounds delicious. i like the addition of fennel seeds in it.

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    1. Rita says:

      Ya Sandhya, my mom always add and it makes a difference. Thank you for stopping by.

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  8. We absolutely love pumpkin… We are travelling in India at the moment and hope to find this on a menu in the near future 🙂

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    1. Rita says:

      Hi
      All the best for journey

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    2. Rita says:

      Have a memorable stay in India. This pumpkin curry is made at homes as per individuals taste. It’s hard to find on menu of restaurants. But you can enjoy other great stuff of cottage cheese, Dosas and sambhar and list is big.

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  9. Brenda Sue says:

    Oh, I love pumpkin. This sounds wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Brenda

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      1. Brenda Sue says:

        You’re welcome, Rita!

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