Things u need:
Butter pumpkin, cut into medium sized pieces - 1 cup
Grated fresh coconut - 3 tbsp
Green chilli - 1
Turmeric powder (optional) - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
pearl onions/ shallots - 2 to 3
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Coconut oil/ veg. oil - 1 tbsp
Cook the pumpkin slices adding a little water(about 3 tablespoon), adequate salt and turmeric powder until soft. Pulse the coconut,green chilli,shallots and cumin seeds in a blender and keep aside. Now heat oil in a frying pan or kadai and splutter mustard seeds in it. Add curry leaves and then add the pulsed coconut mixture to it and saute for a few seconds. Then add the cooked pumpkin slices to it and mix well. Adjust the salt, if needed. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice.
I was tagged in a questionnaire by two of my blogging pals. Thank you, Mehnaz of 'Nas, the mistress of spices' and Suja of 'Kitchen corner- Try it' for tagging me.. It was fun answering your questions.. Sorry for being a little late.. Here are the questions and my answers to it..
1) Who inspired you to cook or bake?
Actually it was not one person in particular. Lot of people have inspired me to cook. Starting from my mom, people who made outstanding dishes have always influenced me to make delicious goodies, though I got the chance to spice up those inspirations only after marriage.
2) What is your take on organic food? Is it a big deal for you?
Yes, if it where cheap, I would have always opted for organic food. Back home, my mom had a vegetable garden in which she grew her own organic foods and I loved eating them. But living in a foreign country where buying soil and plants would cost you a fortune, you cannot always follow your dreams...
3) You try a new recipe and it does not turn out good, what will you do?
I will try it again, differently. That is the most natural reflex which comes in my way.. I'l try n try until I get it perfect.
4) Do you have a new year resolution - and would you be sticking to it?
I usually do not make any new year resolutions... I make resolutions every week and see whether they are fulfilled in the weekends.
5) Do you time your breakfast, lunch and dinner or eat when you are hungry?
I used to.. when I was in India. Nowadays it is more like the latter except on weekends when my husband is home.
6) Name three ingredients you consciously avoid or eliminate even when the recipe call for it?
MSG is one thing I consciously avoid.. and curd or yogurt in foods to be cooked.. And yes! saturated vegetable ghee is another thing I would love to avoid
7) Name three things you have to use in most of the recipes?
Salt, ginger garlic paste and tomatoes.