At this time of year as Autumn turns to winter we all like to come in out of the cold in the evening to some hot homely comfort food. Comfort food doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it doesn’t need to be meaty and fatty. Kaddu Ki Sabzi Indian Pumpkin Mash served with homemade roti is a perfect example of what I mean, it has all the goodness and comforting warmth and flavour that you yearn for on a cold night. When I say warmth I mean hot and spicy with that special chili kick.
A big pumpkin is pretty cheap at the moment with all the shops stocked for Halloween. I bought a big one for only €2.99 and made 2 dishes from it (the other one was a pumpkin risotto). Because this dish is a mash I roasted some coconut as a garnish to give it a little crunch and I also added onion and garlic which differs the Original recipe
- 1 medium size pumkin wash, peeled and diced
- 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 dry red chilies
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1tsp turmeric powder
- 1tsp red chili powder
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1tsp whole garam masala (toasted and grinded)
- 1/2 tsp mango powder/amchoor
- 1 tsp sugar or jaggery
- salt to taste
- Grated and toasted fresh coconut for garnish
- Heat a saucepan with oil. Add cumin and fenugreek seeds and the dry chilies. Fry for a minute then add the pumkin.
- Add turmeric and the red chili powder.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic.
- Add sugar and salt to taste.
- Cover and cook till the pumkin is soft enough to mash.
- Add the garam masala and mango powder.
- Mash the pumkin.
- Cook till all the liquid is absorbed and you are left with a dryer pumkin sabzi