Friday, July 30, 2010

Say Hello to the Pumpkin - Kaddu Ki Sabzi

Say Hello to My New Friend!
 So, if you have read one of the first posts of this year on my blog you may remember me telling that I will try to cook and eat more vegetables at home. Well, er, that didn’t happen! Yeah, its not as if you don’t get vegetables here. Oh my, one stop to the supermarket and you can see every possible vegetable imported from around the world. The variety is just endless and the produce is fresh. However, me being the dimwit I am, have no idea how to cook them. Give me a chicken and I will give you butter chicken. But a vegetable? That’s another story.
Well, I have finally decided to try new vegetables and will tackle something new every now and then. By new I don’t mean something that I have never eaten it before. Of course I have eaten them but I have never cooked them!
When I saw the pumpkins (the Halloween ones, LOL) in the supermarket I decided to start with it. I bought only half of it and tried a new recipe from the net. The verdict? I loved it. The sweetness of the pumpkin and the tangy masala complements each other perfectly.

Hubby’s reaction? This is our conversation

Latif – Why did you make a new vegetable?
Me – I want to try out new stuff. Moreover it is healthier and you don’t eat enough vegetables. Isn’t it nice?
Latif – Well, the masala is spicy and the pumpkin is sweet. It is confusing my head. Try to cook normal vegetables.
Me – Errrr…..What vegetables do you want to eat?
Latif – Make potato sabji. I will eat it.
Me - Rolling my eyes in horror!!

So I guess I'll be eating my vegetables all alone. Unless you join me!

Recipe Source –


500 Gms Pumpkin Seeds Removed, Cut Into 1" Cubes
2 Large Onions Sliced Thinly
3 Tbsp Finely Chopped Garlic
3 Dry Red Chilies
1/2 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp Red Chili Powder
1/2 Tsp Raw Mango Powder (I Used Lime Juice Instead)
1/2 Tsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
Salt To Taste

Heat the oil in a flat pan and add the cumin and fenugreek seeds and fry till spluttering stops.
Add the dry red chilies and fry for half a minute.
Add the garlic and onions and fry till onion is soft.
Add the powdered spices and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the pumpkin, sugar and season with salt. Mix well.
Cook till pumpkin is soft. Sprinkle with a little water only if needed.

Happy Eating!!

1 comment:

  1. That sure looks wonderful !!! And yes, I am with you joining in eating veggies. My husband is sometimes like that... lol


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