Wednesday, November 2, 2011

लाल भोपळ्याचे भरीत (Pumpkin Raita)

It's the pumpkin season!!!! Well, we get pumpkin year around but October is the peak season for Pumpkins as they are harvested in fall and early winter and are also featured at Halloween. There is much more to this vegetable than just pumpkin pie :-). Not that I don't like Pumpkin pie but there are variety of  Indian preparations for this bright orange colored vegetable. And Pumpkin Raita is one of them. In Marathi we call Pumpkin as लाल/तांबडा भोपळा because of it's color. My son brought this Pumpkin from his field trip at a Farm. So will make a few dishes out of it. And Pumpkin Raita is one of them.

Laal Bhopla/Pumpkin washed, peeled, diced into large chunks-: 1 Cup 
1/2 Cup yogurt
2 Tbsp Roasted Peanut Powder
Cilantro for garnishing
Salt as per taste
1 tsp Sugar or as per taste

For tempering
1 tsp Ghee/तूप (clarified butter)
1 tsp of cumin seeds
2 Green Chili chopped

Cook diced bhopla into microwave or pressure cooker until soft. It cooks pretty quickly. Once cooked mash it roughly. Add all the ingredients except for tempering. For tempering heat ghee in a small pan, add cumin seeds, once they crackle add chopped green chili's. Pour this tempering over भरीत/Raita and mix. Garnish with cilantro and serve.
Quick Tips-: Make sure to cook pumpkin chunks in little water whether you microwave it or pressure cook it.

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