Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Chatpata Kaddu / Spicy Pumpkin
The most lovable of all gods ... our golu-molu Ganpati Bappa is here. :-) The day has already started with a festive note ... the rains have abated and the day is bright and clear. The notes of Ganpati bhajans are already wafting in the air ... a few lines from this side merge with a few others from other sides.
And it won't be long before the strains of "Sukhakarta Dukkhaharta ..." will fill the air twice a day ... for ten whole days.
For me it is doubly exciting as Durga puja is just around the corner. :-)
So decided to post something veggie ... inspite of a whole lot of non-veg recipes are lined up in the waiting line.
This kaddu ki sabzi is from hubby's side and I learnt it from my sis-in-law. The novelty of this is the beautiful fragrance that the methi seeds combined with hing give it.
Need : Pumpkin cut into slightly big pieces, with the skin on, methi seeds, a pinch of hing, amchur powder ( just enough to give a tangy taste) , dhania powder, red chilli powder, haldi powder, whole green chillies, salt to taste and a little cooking oil.
How to : Heat oil. Add the methi seeds and wait for sometime ... do not brown them ... just long enough for the oil to soak up the flavour.
Now add the green chillies and hing. Add the pumpkin pieces and fry for some time. Add haldi powder and salt and cover.
Cook till the pumkin is completely done .... it will leave a lot of water.
Remove cover and add the red chilli powder, dhania powder and amchur powder.
Keep tossing till the spices blend in well and all water dries up.
Serve hot with rotis / parathas.
May the good Vighnaharta keep all 'vighna' and troubles away from everybody's life. :-)