Simple and easy Kaddu ki sabzi. Red Pumpkin or Yerra Gummadikaya as its called in Telugu is full of flavor and curry prepared with it absolutely delicious. Available in abundance at our local farmer’s market, I prepared Pumpkin curry for lunch. Loads of flavor with sweet and spicy notes.
Pumpkin Curry Recipe
3 cups of peeled and cubed pumpkin/gummadi kaya/kaddu
1 large tomato chopped
2 medium onions chopped
1 tbsp grated jaggery (Belam, gur)
2 green chillis, slit
2 dry red chillis deseed and tear
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (pasupu,haldi)
1 tsp coriander powder (dhaniyala poodi, dhania)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (avaalu, ria)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeelakara, jeera)
1 tsp black gram (minapappu, urad dal)
7-8 cloves garlic, slightly crushed
10 curry leaves
2 tbsps oil
coriander leaves for garnishing
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
Add cumin seeds, dry red chillis, black gram, garlic and curry leaves and fry till light brown.
Add the chopped onions and fry till transparent.
Add the cubed pumpkin pieces, tomatoes, turmeric and salt and let it cook covered on low heat for 15 minutes.
Add chilli pwd, coriander pwd and jaggery and mix well. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook on slow fire till pumpkin is soft and cooked.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with chapati/rice.
Variation:You can add sweet potatoes, chikkudi kaya (Indian Beans),drum sticks and brinjal along with red pumpkin. Pumpkin curry is a very easy to make Indian dish with a lot of flavour and usually made as a special mixed vegetable dish during Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh. Similarly sweet potato and yam (kanda) can be cooked in the same manner as above (teepi dumpa kanda kura).