Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sihi Kumbala Gojju (Pumpkin Curry)

I rarely buy this vegetable since I do not know many recipes. One & only recipe that I know is what I'm posting now.This curry is also called "Kayi Saasive Gojju"(English: Coconut Mustard Curry). My mother & mom-in-law prepares a lot of dishes that has pumpkin as the main ingredient. Next time, when I visit India, I would learn more recipes from them.

3/4 kg pumpkin
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tbsp roasted channa dal/ ಹುರಿಗಡಲೆ/kadale pappu
1 tsp white seesame seeds/ಬಿಳಿ ಎಳ್ಳು
2-3 red chillis
1/2 tsp tamarind juice
1 tsp mustard seeds/ saasive
1/2 tsp powdered jaggery
a pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds (for tempering)
1 red chilli ( for tempering)
salt according to taste
3-4 curry leaves

  • Peel the skin of the pumpkin, remove the seeds & cut the pumpkin into medium sized cubes.
  • Dry roast the seesame seeds & red chilli separately. Allow it to cool.
  • In a broad pan, prepare the tempering by adding mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing & broken red chilli.
  • Add pumpkin pieces & little water to the tempering. Cook the pumpkin until soft.
  • Meanwhile, grind the roasted seesame seeds, red chilli, roasted channa dal, mustard seeds, coconut & tamarind to a smooth paste.
  • Add this paste, jaggery & salt to the cooked pumpkin. Cook the whole mixture for 2-3 mins.
  • The pumpkin gojju is ready to be served.

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