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Pumpkin Raita

Raita is an integral part of a typical Indian meal. There are lots of varieties and ways in which it is prepared. The most common ingredients of a raita are tomato, onion and cucumber teamed up with curds or tempering and lemon sans the curds.

From last couple of days we have been preparing same type of raitas and I got fed up with it today morning. I have no clue why did we just keep preparing the same ones again and again again. I am still wondering why I did not think of pumpkin raita. Anyway better late than never!!!

I feel bad for pumpkin as it is always considered to be one which has no taste at all and many of us are not overly fond of it. Although I fail to understand why. With the right ingredients and a good recipe, pumpkin dish can taste superb. I can guarantee you that even children will love it. It also is very nutritious so it gets thumbs up from the health conscious people too.

So here is the recipe, fast, simple and easy as Donna Hay would say it!

Ingredients:

Pumpkin – 125 gms
Curds (whisked) – 1 cup
Chilli (small) – 1
Coriander (chopped) – 1 teaspoon
Salt – to taste

For tempering:

Clarified Butter/ Ghee – 1 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds – ½ teaspoon

Procedure:

  • Peel the skin of the pumpkin and cut it in to cubes.
  • Cook it in a pressure cooker along with a small chilli. 3 -4 whistles should be good.
  • Once the pumpkin is cooked, mash it using a spoon and also mash the chilli.
  • Add salt, chopped coriander and whisked curds to it.
  • To make the tempering, heat ghee in a small pan or you get small kadhais for tempering. Add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, pour it over the pumpkin mixture. Serve it with hot rotis (Indian bread).

Tips:

  • You may also cook the pumpkin using a microwave. You should be able to mash it with ease. That should be the consistency. It shouldn’t be too mushy.
  • Eliminate the chilli if preparing for children.

Cucumber Tomato Salad (Koshimbir)

Cucumber tomato salad

Salads are a common part of a whole meal especially in India. Salad is consumed along with main course unlike the western countries. This simple recipe can also be eaten alone without any accompaniments. A very healthy recipe specially for weight watchers.

Ingredients –

Cucumber – 2 medium sized
Tomato (finely chopped) – 1 large sized
Curds – ¾ cup
Salt – to taste
Coriander springs (finely chopped) – 1 tbspn
Red chili powder – ¼ tspn

Procedure –

  • Peel, wash and cut the cucumber in 2 halves. Deseed and finely chop them.
  • In a bowl mix the cucumber, cucumber, red chili powder, coriander springs, and roasted peanut powder together.
  • Add the curds to this mixture and mix well.
  • Add salt just before serving.

Tips -

Nothing today ;)

Onion Bhindi (Okra) with dahi da chaska

Bhendi

Okra commonly knows as ‘Bhindi’ in many countries of Asia. It is one of the most popular vegetables and often cooked in everyday meals in western and southern parts of India. It is also known as Lady’s finger outside the United States.

This is one of my favorite veggies.

Serves – 2

Ingredients –

Bhindi (Okra) sliced – 4 cups
Cumin seeds – 2 tspns
Onion (sliced) – 2 cups
Oil- 3 tbspns
Green chilies (finely chopped) – 2
Salt – to taste
Plain curds (Dahi, yoghurt) whisked – 1 cup
Turmeric powder (haldi) – ½ tspn

Procedure –

  • In a non-stick pan heat oil. Add the cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  • Add the chopped green chilies, turmeric powder and onion. Sauté till the onions become transparent.
  • Add the sliced bhindi, salt and cook on medium flame till the bhindi is cooked.
  • Add the whisked curds and cook till all the curd dries out.
  • Serve hot.

Tips –

Always cook the bhindi on a medium or lower flame.
Never cover the pan while cooking or bhindi will become sticky.