Sunday, October 12, 2014

Curried Pumpkin (Labu Masak Curry)

Available throughout the year and unlike being seasonal in other parts of the world, here in Malaysia you can buy the reasonably priced pumpkin any time and any where. Of course there's the local harvest and the imported quite pricey ones,  I once bought the Japanese variation and when it came to paying, my eyes almost popped out. RM7.50 for a tiny but pumpkin? No more and never. I rather faithfully buy the "Made in Malaysia". Pumpkins - surely favourable for desserts or for Malaysian savoury dishes (Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry, Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Pandan Jelly, Pumpkin Brulee, Pumpkin Garlic Soup and Pumpkin Sago Dessert). Today its the savoury curried pumpkin with its natural sweetness, recipe pinched from mum and twisted and made with pantry friendly ingredients.

1/2 pumpkin(about 400g) - remove skin and seeds; cut into medium pieces. Steam or simmer till soft
(Note: otherwise, cook with the rest of the ingredients by pouring in water to soften)
4 shallots - sliced thinly
1/2 inch ginger - sliced thinly
1/2 tbsp plain chilli powder
1 tbsp yoghurt
1 tsp white ulundu/urad dhal (can be replaced with black mustard seeds)
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1 tsp coriander powder
3 sprigs coriander leaves.
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste
Saute ginger and shallots in heated oil.
Add chilli powder, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and coriander powder.
Quickly stir.
Add pumpkin pieces.
Season with salt and stir for a couple of times.
(note: here's when you add water, to soften pumpkin if you didn't steam or simmer)
Off heat, combine in coriander leaves and yoghurt.
Stir and dish out.
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  1. We have pumpkin available all year round too but the price fluctuates quite a bit! I used to hate it but lately I've started liking it- I usually just roast it to put in my salads but your recipes sounds so much tastier!

  2. pumpkin is avalible in india all year round too
    my mum makes a very different pumpkin sabji , will has to pass on this recipw of yours to her
    Keep in touch

  3. I wish I could say that we can buy pumpkin all year round. Love the curry color.

  4. I hate pumpkin bt ur recipe will surely make me eat it,, Thanks fr sharing :)

  5. Love the dish....... Looks flavorful!

  6. Yummy pumpkin dish and the pics are beautiful..............

  7. beautiful pumpkin curry dear.. nava,, nicely presented.. bookmarked <3

  8. Thanks for the recipe. Now labu very cheap. Can buy and make this :)

  9. Sounds like a flavorful delicious curry!

  10. A new recipe to me...looks yummy

  11. Such a wonderful treat, Nava! Pumpkin curry is definitely a challenge for me :D

  12. I seldom eat pumpkin but this dish makes me drool.. Going to try this soon.

  13. looks delicious and perfect for us too.

  14. Healthy n tasty luking curry d color ..

  15. For some reason, i haven't cooked anything with Pumpkin yet... must try!!! Curried pumpkin looks great :)

  16. My favourite veggie...we do with drumsticks yours much


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