Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pumpkin- Potato- Peas Fry

My love for cooking simple, hearty and comforting dishes is well known and when the  recipe involves pumpkin, you must know that I totally fall for it. The humble squash which is more a fruit than a vegetable has a special place in my hearth - do you know why???? Pumpkin is 90 % water and is a storehouse of fiber, vitamins & other nutrients. To top it all , they are one of the most versatile ingredients to grace the kitchen as they can be boiled, broiled,steamed,grilled,baked, or microwaved.  So when I saw this simple Pumpkin Fry in Anusha's space @ Tomato BluesI was pleased.This week's Blog Hop Wednesday sees me paired with her and it was a delight going through her yum dishes. I have never made pumpkin dry curry, though my mom used to make them often. The recipe was given a little spin by me and potatoes along with peas got in to a happy medley with the squash.The spice oomph was added by Red Chillis & Lentils Powder (Milgai Podi) and the coriander leaves & dried fenugreek leaves gave the dish the exotic touches.

It tasted yum with rotis as well as rice.

What's in it :-

  • Pumpkin cubed 2 cups
  • Potato - 2 large - cubed
  • Fresh Green Peas - a fistful
  • Green chilies - 3 to 4 slit length wise 
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chillis & Lentils Powder - 1 1/2 tsp - to taste
For Tempering

  • Oil - 1 to 2 tsp + a little for roasting it to golden brown (optional)
  • Mustard seeds & Urad Dal -1 tsp each
  • Curry Leaves - few
  • Asafoetida - a pinch

For Garnish :-

  • Coriander Leaves - a few sprigs
  • Dried Fenugreek Leaves - 1 tsp - optional

Here's How :-

In  a wok, add oil and let the mustard seeds crackle. Thereafter add urad dal, curry leaves, green chillis and asafoetida and saute for a minute. Since potatoes take longer time to cook than pumpkin, tip them & the green peas and give it a good toss. Add turmeric powder and sprinkle little water and keep it covered. Let it cook under low flame for a few minutes. Once they are partially cooked, dump the cubed pumpkin and mix well. Again sprinkle little water and let the squash cook till tender but not mushy. Do check the contents every once in a while to ensure no browning of the bottoms. Finally season it with salt, Red Chillis & Lentil Powder and combine well. If you want a good golden brown colour to the curry add a spoon or two of oil and let the mix simmer on a low flame. Garnish with dried fenugreek leaves & coriander leaves. 

Serve hot with rotis or rice. Enjoy !

It's off to Blog-Hop


  1. This looks so good! We Persians use fenugreek for only a handful of dishes. I never thought of adding it to something as simple as potatoes! And thanks for visiting my blog and your enthusiasm in entering the contest! You made me smile this morning! Have a great day!

  2. The combo sounds delicious..healthy curry.

  3. super combo stire is looking delicious

  4. nice combination of vegetables.!! yummy

  5. Wat an excellent side dish,i'll happy have with some rotis.

  6. Thanks for the information on the healthiness of pumpkin, must say wasn't aware so much about it..this recipe looks good for any day!

  7. perfectly made n delish with chapatis..never used pumpkin with the other two,lovely combo!!
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  8. Never thought about this combo. Curry looks yum

  9. Pumpkin and potato combination works well with roti. really a comfort food. visiting this curry made me to book mark your red chilli and lentil powder. Thanks!

  10. Pumpkin and potato combination is something that I love and your curry looks just yum.

  11. looks yummy and nice clicks ..........

  12. Such a yummy vegetable! Pumpkin, potatoes and peas , so healthy.

  13. sounds healthy n tasty. nice combo.

  14. Pumpkin, aloo and peas..interesting combo! looks like a light accompaniment too! good recipe, Priya!

  15. I too have never tried this combo Priya. Your day time snaps looks so very beautiful that the snaps with flash at night time. Simply delicious.

  16. I've been seeing a lot of pumpkin recipes these days. But nothing compares to anything desi, I have a soft spot for desi curries like this!

  17. That looks like a bowl of yum! And the pictures are very appetizing ;))

  18. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  19. Delicious combo. Never tried this before. Thanks