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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Pumpkin Curry - based on one by Charmaine Solomon

As you requested River.  I love this recipe and make it often.  It freezes well too.  It  is mild and slightly sweet and goes well with rice.  Leftovers when the pumpkin has largely disintegrated are good too.

500 g of pumpkin (I use butternut)
1 onion chopped
Garlic to taste (finely chopped)
Ginger (ditto)
3 fresh chillies, seeded and chopped (or again, to taste - I often use chilli paste as I am less likely to rub it into my eyes)
8-10 curry leaves
Heaped teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
A generous teaspoon of fish sauce (the original recipe says pounded maldive fish or dried prawns)
11/2 cups thin coconut milk
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

Peel the pumkin and cut into large chunks.  Put into a big saucepan with all the ingredients except the thick coconut milk and the mustard seeds.  Bring slowly to simmering point and cook gently, uncovered, until pumpkin is almost done.

Grind the mustard seeds in mortar and pestle and mix with the thick coconut milk.  Add to the simmering pot and cook for five to ten minutes longer.

If, as is often the case, I am being super slack I just use a whole buttenut pumpkin and get a bit more generous with the spices.


  1. Thank you so much!
    I'll be leaving out the chilli, as it leaves my face fire engine red for several days after I eat it.
    Looking forward to winter and cooking.

  2. I bought Charmaine's book with my first ever Tattslotto win, $20 which was a huge amount way back. I cooked my way through every country but my favourite had to be the Love Cake from Sri Lanka.

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    I love all the birds on your blog, much more exotic than the ones I get. All the best, Angela.

  4. good morning (or not) EC.
    5am is 'the hour of the wolf' for anyone with musculoskeletal issues. The laptop is my saviour though.

    Pumpkin enjoys the companionship of nutmeg too (as do brussel sprouts).
    peace and love from me (aka AnnoD)

  5. Thanks Marshall. You are right about pumpkin and nutmeg. Not sure about Brussel Sprouts though - my mama told me that I couldn't be a vegetarian because I don't like them. Perhaps I will have to retry them.

  6. YUM!!

    Seems really easy to make, and so richly delicious, is pumpkin. You've inspired me here.

  7. Replies
    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: I hope you like it. I do.