October 3, 2013

Cooking Up Our Fall Pumpkin Harvest

For the first time this year, I planted a couple of pumpkin seeds during spring in our garden. We were super excited to see lots of flowers, huge prickly leaves and a couple of fabulous tasting pumpkins grow in our small pumpkin patch. I saved the seeds from an acorn squash we bought last fall. You too can try growing pumpkins next year with the seeds you save up from this season.

I made our favourite savoury pumpkin curry with the pumpkin. To make this curry we need...

1/2 of the winter squash 
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
2 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp chillie powder
1/4 tsp garam masala or the ground spice mixture* 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup water

*For the spice mixture I roasted and grounded
1 tbsp cumin seeds 
1/4 tbsp fennel seeds 
3 cardamom seeds
3 cloves
2" cinnamon stick

Dry roast the spices and grind it in a coffee grinder. Use as needed and keep the ground spice in an airtight container.

Cut the pumpkin or squash into 1" cubes with the skin and leave it aside. Heat the oil and put the mustard seeds, onion, curry leaves and sauté it. 
Add the salt, turmeric, chillie powder, ground spice mixture, water and let it cook covered until the pumpkin becomes soft. Serve it warm as a side dish with rice, bread or flat bread.  
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  1. Oh wow, this looks delicious, I love pumpkin season, I usually cook up some pumpkin pies and muffins!!!!
    Tammy Dalley

  2. Ok, I need to try this! My kids are forever planting seeds in our yard to no avail. They would be over the moon if something grew!! And the recipe looks fantastic.

  3. Wow, looks delicious. I will plant my own next summer.

  4. this is making me hungry....love fall recipes!

  5. I have never actually tried pumpkin I just might but I want to grow one for next year

  6. I like food cooked with pumpkin, had great pie, and muffins made for the holiday

  7. The dish looks yummy. I love try new things.

    Florence C

  8. Oooh! What a delicious sounding dish - I am a huge curry fan! Thank you for sharing

  9. I know my husband would love this soup. Need to try it out next time I make soup.

    SueSueper Sue

  10. I am not a squash fan (I think). Growing up my mom would roast it and that was it. However, I love squash and pumpkin soups I have tried in restaurants. I might have to give this recipe a try! Love curry.

  11. I did this just last week, then froze the pumpkin in bags for use during the winter.
    Julie g

  12. We're not big on pumpkin, but I think I would love to try to grow our own for next halloween and see what we get!

  13. That looks delicious and sooooo healthy :)

  14. I love curry and all the spices in this amazing pumpkin curry dish.This recipe is going into my favorites file for future references.Thank you.

  15. I do love all forms of sqush . Thank you for the recipe.


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