Monday, December 22, 2014

Kumbala Curry | Coorg Pumpkin Curry

For this week theme on BM I'm showcasing "Karnataka Dishes". Today I'm sharing a recipe from "Coorg". Enjoy the dishes & don't miss the updates. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 47.
Pumpkin curry / Kumbala curry is a delicious side dish from Coorg. The season was so perfect as markets are filled with different varieties of pumpkins. They tempted me & bought few home to experiment this curry. This curry is sweet, tangy & spicy at the same time with a finger licking taste. 
Even though the author suggested it is best to pair with akki roti, we enjoyed this curry with rice for lunch & it was just yum. I used two different variety pumpkins & hence you can see the slight color difference in the curry. Finally I can say that you will love this curry & sure will be in your to make recipe list.
Adapted from here & here.
Prep Time -10mins
Cook Time-20mins
Pairs with rice, akki roti{as mentioned by original author} & chapati.
2Cups bite size chopped pumpkin pieces
1/2Tsp turmeric
2Tsp tamarind pulp
1Tsp jaggery
1Cup water
For Seasoning 
3Tsp oil
1Tsp mustard seeds
2Red chili's
Few curry leaves
Salt to taste
To Grind 
1/2Cup grated coconut
1Tsp coriander seeds
1Tsp jeera/cumin
4Red chili's
- Dry roast coriander, jeera & red chili's to light brown in color. Allow it to cool & grind them along with coconut to smooth powder.
- Heat pan with oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves & red chili's. Once the mustard starts jumping add in pumpkin pieces & turmeric to pan. Close with a lid & cook for 10mins till the pumpkin pieces are cooked.
- Add in tamarind pulp, salt & jaggery. Mix them well.
- Add in the coconut mixture along with water to it. Cook on low heat till the water evaporates & mean while adjust the taste if needed.
- Pumpkin curry is ready to serve.
- You can omit adding tamarind & jaggery to the curry. But adding them will definitely enhance the flavor.
- Add in 2minced garlic cloves while seasoning the curry. I omitted it to make no onion no garlic dish.
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