Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pumpkin with Spinach

After looking at today's post title those who don't like lauki(bottlegourd), kaddu(pumpkin) kind of vegetables, the vegetables which belong to squash family must be thinking of skipping reading this post. Two days in a row I'm posting veggies from the squash family but let me say one thing, pumpkin is something if you cook it with right spices it can be finger licking good. Like lauki pumpkin is also used for making dessert called kaddu ka halwa but as I said in my last post in my house these vegetables are strictly for savory dishes only. Today's recipe can be made without spinach, that's what I usually use to make but now with the command from His Highness regarding eating spinach everyday, I'm incorporating spinach in many dishes which I never thought will taste good with the addition of any other thing in it, but reality is we all liked it and they taste equally good or sometime even better.

Now before we move to the recipe, let me warn U that there is a long list of whole spices which go into this and which result into really flavorful dish, not ordinary kaddu but flavorful one. To assure it's taste I would like to share this :

Scene from the grocery store, we(me + he) both are doing grocery together:

Me : does this pumpkin look good ?
He : why ? U want to buy pumpkin.....I'm not gonna eat this.
Me : (in my mind) we'll see....anyways I pick one

Scene from the day when pumpkin is the main dish on the dinner table :

Me : khana tyar hai(dinner is ready)
He : helps me set the table, (and here he goes ) U made that kaddu(
Me : yeap, for everybody (he thinks I'm gonna cook something specially for me only, sometimes when he goes for groceries he even buys pumpkin for me, saying that U like it so U make it for yourself...ha..haa)

Scene while having dinner :

He : subzi bari swad bani hai(Veggie is very tasty today...)
Me : yeah....
He : Is there any more???
Me : don't finish all, leave some for me.... I'm serious....

Result : Veggie bowl is finger lick clean....end of the story, no leftovers for tomorrow. If anyone interested about what happens in my house when I make kaddu(pumpkin) in any other form please click here.

What U need :

  • 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
  • salt
  • 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)
What U Do : 
  1. 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.
  2. Once the onions are translucent add ginger & pumpkin cubes. Saute them for 7-8 minutes. Pumpkin will be kind of all glazed & shiny.
  3. Add tomatoes, green peppers & all dry spices.
  4. 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.
      5. If you are planning to use spinach than add spinach and follow the instructions as per #4.
      6. Serve it warm with freshly made roti.

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.


AshKuku said...

WOW!!!! That is a different combo on the whole.. very new & innovative....

Thanks for all the love u shared on me & my posts.....

Yes! u r right about the things we need here in India is very hard to find..... Why is it so???? How much I want Stampin up! to start business here..... I am sure I would be the first in the queue, eagerly looking forward to them....

I just keep my fingers crossed....


Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks like this recipe was a blast. I am just like your hubby..don't like squash, pumpkin, gourd and the likes..But this combo sounds and looks very inviting enough!

Rachana Kothari said...

Pumpkin with spinach sounds like a great combination and after reading the cute Conversation between you n yr dear seems that its damn delicious :)

Sage said...

What an interesting combination of ingredients!I have a feeling hat must be real good.

Spice said...

@ Ash, thanks for your views.....& U r always welcome, I love reading your posts.

@ cool Lassi.....can't say enough, please try atleast one, u never know U might start liking it....

Spice said...

@ Rachna, I use to make normal kind, I mean without using all those whole spices (I liked it then also) but since I started to cook this way I love it so much that I don't cook it any other way....

Spice said...

@ Sage, yes there ia a long list of ingredients but they result into really flavorful dish.

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks delicious.. said...

spinavh and pumpkin lovely combo.I love the post with the conversation.heehee,men you can get them to eat anything most of the time.

Siddhi S said...

wow very nice combo...vl taste gr8

PJ said...

spinach and pumpkin sounds like a great combo! i am not much of a pumpkin lover either, but this might make me a covert.

Sushma Mallya said...

Unusual combo but sounds really good...and wish you a very happy holi...

SE said...

lovely recipe !!! thanks for sending it to the event !!

Pari said...

hi.I can imagine the combo and I am extremely sure it must have tasted good too. I made aloo-baingan and spinach recently. try it u might like that too.