Rich in Beta -Carotene which helps us fight free radicals , potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, and many top quality essential nutrients, Pumpkin is one of my Favorite vegetable. I love its flashy orange color and the brighter it is the better it is. The best part is this gorgeous veggie is very low in calories too.
It is a super food and the only richest single source of carotenoids. Rich in dietry fiber Pumpkin helps us prevent and cure many diseases.
I just love it for it’s taste and the variey of dishes one can make from it. Pies, cakes, soups and our own Indian sweets kaddu ka meetha ,Kaddu ki Kheer, and also mouth watering khatti sabzi ( sour vegetable) with grinded mustard seeds. It goes very well with Poories.
I got a remarkable bright orange pumpkin today and converted it into cooling Kaddu raita ( Pumpkin Raita) and Kaddu ka meetha ( pumpkin Halwa or sweet)
Sharing the recipes with you. Both things were instant hits as my boys are very well aware of their heavely taste.
Pumpkin Sweet ( Kaddu Ka Meetha )
Grated Pumpkin – 2&1/2 cups
Milk -1/2 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Cardamom – 5
Cashew nuts – 10
Almonds ( blanched) – 1o
Raisins – 10
Ghee – 1/4 cup (melted butter)
2 cups red pumpkin (kaddu), peeled, steamed and mashed
1 teaspoon cumin seed power roasted (jeera)
2 to 3 green chillies, chopped
1 cup fresh curds
1 Onion – finely chopped
1 teaspoon ghee
salt to taste
For the garnish
2 teaspoons chopped coriander
For the seasoning
saron seeds ( mustard seeds) – 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh Kari patta – 5-6 leaves
Asafoitida ( Hing) – a pinch
Heat the ghee and add asafoetida, mustard seeds, kari patta.
When they crackle, add the green chilles and saute for 15 seconds.
keep it aside
Peel, steam and mash the bright yellow pumpkin.
Let it cool completely.
Whisk the curds till smooth and add to the cooked pumpkin, onion, salt and the seasoning. Mix well.
Serve chilled, garnished with the coriander and roasted cumin powder.