around 2 cup of cleaned regular pumpkin, diced into small cubes
- around 2 cups of cleaned, washed, chopped spinach
- 1 large onion thinly sliced
- 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
- 3-4 green hot peppers chopped
- 2 tsp. chopped garlic
- 2 tsp. chopped ginger
- 2 whole dry red chillis
- 2 black cardamons (moti ilaichi)
- 3-4 green cardamons (chotti ilaichi)
- 1 tsp. whole black peppers
- around 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
- 1 tsp. fennel (moti saunf) seeds
- 1/2 tsp. onion seeds (kalonji)
- 1 tsp. black mustard (rai) seeds
- 1 tsp. degi mirch powder( if not available use paprika)
- 1 tsp. coriander (dhania) powder
- 1 tsp turmeric (haldi)
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 3 Tblsp. of cooking oil (looks a lot but U need at least this much, if O.k with your diet plan can use even little bit more)
- Heat cooking oil in a heavy bottom pan on med. heat, add all the whole spices when aroma starts to come add garlic. After a minute or so add Onions.
- Once the onions are translucent add ginger & pumpkin cubes. Saute them for 7-8 minutes. Pumpkin will be kind of all glazed & shiny.
- Add tomatoes, green peppers & all dry spices.
- Now if U r not using spinach let it cook till the point when pumpkin is cooked but still holding it's shape. DON'T OVERCOOK IT otherwise pumpkin will get all mushy. Whenever it's getting too dry add couple of spoons of water at a time.
Note : Pumpkin is a vegetable which is sweet in taste, so we like it quite spicy, this kind of preparation gives it sweet & hot taste. Bite into the pumpkin and you feel the sweetness of it and the moment gravy mixture touches your taste buds you get that kick from the hot side of it, wanting you to eat more and more of it.
Please adjust the level of heat according to your by adjusting the use of dry whole red peppers, green hot peppers & garam masala. As for other spices I'll really suggest to use them to get that aromatic hot & sweet flavor.
As this dish contains fenugreek seeds in it I'm sending it to one of my favorite blogger SE of Denufood who's hosting her first blog event "Cooking with Seeds : fenugreek" brainchild of Priya.