Are you celebrating Diwali this year? I am. I am celebrating this equivalent of Christmas with a delicious Diwali Recipe: A curried roasted pumpkin served in a pumpkin bowl. We can all use some celebration in our days: between work, family commitments, we tend to forget to sit down and enjoy ourselves. Celebrations are here to remind us to do that: remind us to enjoy a delicious meal with our families.
I like the Diwali celebration as it is associated with themes of light conquering darkness and sharing with friends and family. The focus of this holiday is on traditional Indian vegetarian dishes: that’s why I went with a roasted vegetable dish. and since I am a huge fan of curry, I added curry to my dish. Let me share with you my Diwali Recipe. You will love every bite of it.
Delicious Diwali Recipe: Curried Roasted Pumpkin
- 1 medium pumpkin as a serving bowl
- 1 medium pumpkin to cook
- 1 onion diced
- 1 tomato diced
- 1 clove of garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 2 TBSP of Tikka Curry Paste
- 2 TBSP of vegetable oil
- Wash the pumpkin and dry it.
- With a large knife, cut off the top of the pumpkin and remove the lid
- Remove the seeds
- Cut off the guts until you have a nice clean surface. Then scrape as much as you can.
- Dry inside off with a towel.
Cooking the curried roasted pumpkin
- Wash your second pumpkin. Make few holes with a fork.
- Microwave it for few minutes
- Let it cool and then cut it in small serving bites. By microwaving it, it will be easier to remove the skin from the flesh (Nikki make sure it is worded right)
- Heat a large frying pan. Add oil and onions until it softens
- Add garlic
- Reduce heat to low
- Add the Patak paste and tomato. Let it cook for 5 minutes
- Add pumpkin and cover. Let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Make sure to stir occasionally. If needed, add some water. The tomatoes will release their water so you won’t necessarily need to add.
Serve in your pumpkin bowl.
You can serve this curried pumpkin roast with rice or naan bread. Since I wanted to celebrate Diwali, I wanted a fancier way to serve this Indian dish.
Your serving bowl can be used later for another roasted pumpkin recipe. (This is what I did).
It was the first time I cooked an Indian dish. I loved every bite of it. It was spicy but not too spicy. It had an awesome flavor. And most of all, I enjoyed preparing and eating a Diwali recipe with my family: after all, Indian or not, we can all use some Indian food in our lives to spice it up.
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