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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pumpkin Stir Fry / Kumbalakai Palya

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Had a wife and he couldn’t keep her!
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
There he kept her very well!

While teaching this rhyme to my little one I did not realize the value of Pumpkin until I ran out of ideas as to what to feed him as usual!!  He is a very picky eater and likes to eat anything sweet!   One of those days, I tried making pumpkin stir fry just to test him if he likes it and I was relieved that I found one more veggie to add into the list of meals he likes. Just mash it with rice and his supper is ready J  He likes to eat it plain without the rice usually. Prior to this experiment, I never cared much to even look at pumpkin for some strange reason that I don’t even know. (In my subconscious mind, maybe I thought eating pumpkin would make me like one….LOL)  I was wondering why I had not tried cooking the vegetable earlier!! After doing some research about its nutritional value, I was quite amazed to know that this common veggie is loaded with nutrition!!  Since, then it has become a part of our menu and I want to experiment a lot of dishes with it.  I have been thinking of trying Pumpkin Pie for many days and I must get to it sometime soon.  A BIG kiss to my bunny who made me realise the importance of it in our daily diet!!

Here goes the Pumpkin stir fry recipe which is prepared in Karnataka Style.  I had to add grated coconut to it.  Since hubby doesn’t like coconut much, I skipped adding it.

2 cups cubed pumpkin – deseeded and washed (don't throw away those seeds..use them coz it is also loaded with valuable nutrition)
2 Onions chopped finely
3-4 green chilies slit into two
One whole garlic pod – peeled and crushed
1 tsp mustard seeds
1-2 tbsp oil
Handful of curry leaves and Cilantro for garnish

How to prepare:
1.      Heat oil in a wok and add mustard seeds. Once it splutters add curry leaves, crushed garlic and sauté till garlic turns into light brown.
2.      Add onions and green chilis and sauté for a minute.
3.      Add chopped pumpkin cubes and salt to taste.  Give it a good mix and cook covered till soft and done. 
4.      Garnish with grated coconut and chopped cilantro and serve.

You may add a spoon of sugar or jiggery if you like it to be sweeter. It goes well with Chapattis or Rotis.

As the world celebrated Friendship day this past week, I remembered all my friends, though I didn’t get to wish anyone!  I haven’t had many friends in my childhood, since I was very reserved or may be shy in nature!  Just 2-3 of us and even in high school and college just stuck with 3-4 of them. But after I encountered Jesus in my life, I have found a faithful friend in him and made many more Godly friends who have made such huge influence on my life!!   I truly cherish each one of them!

I also cherish the new friendships this blog has brought me …though we don’t know each other in person, but bond well with each other on this essential topic called FOOD!!

Wishing all my buddies a Very Happy Friendship day!!

Points to Ponder:

Faithful friends are very rare to find….shouldn’t we be glad to find such a friend in Jesus himself!

Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I learned from my Father, I have made known to you.” 
                                                                                                                         John 15:13-15 (NKJV)

I just love to sing out this Hymn again and again which calms my heart………….

I‘ve found friend, Oh such a friend
He bled; He died to save me;
And not alone the gift of life,
But His own self, He gave me.
Naught that I have my own I call,
I hold it for the giver;
My heart, my strength, my life, my all
Are His and His forever.

Written by  James Grindlay Small


  1. yummy and tasty pumpkin..

  2. simple and quick to prepare :)

  3. I love this stir fry :) Love the flavors :) Loved the rhyme and the quote :)
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  4. Lovely clicks..and the curry looks yummy too.

  5. Looks tempting !!

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  6. What a fun post, Leena, kids teach us a lot , don't they? Wisdom from the mouth of babes (in your case, literally ;))I love pumpkin in a lot of Kerala dishes, but have never tried it this way. Looks way too good. I adore the verse you have at the end! It clears up all the doubt....what a friend we have in Jesus.


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