While carved out pumpkin lanterns and pumpkin spiced lattes aren't a part of the desi repertoire, in India, the nutritious orange gourd makes an appearance in a number of preparations. When cooked right, the flesh of the vegetable lends a subtle sweetness, which is known to elevate the flavours in a dish. What's more? Pumpkins are the perfect veggies for zero-waste cooking, owing to their unrivalled versatility, where each part can be used for something or the other. From the vitamin and mineral-packed seeds to the seeds to the outer skin, it is entirely edible.
Elaborating on the health benefits of pumpkin, Health Coach and Founder of the health page, Nourish with Sim, Simrun Chopra tells us, ''The understated pumpkin is a marvel in itself. It is high in Vitamins K, A, C and E as well as potassium and magnesium, and one cup is just 49 calories, which makes it a low-calorie and high in nutritional density food. Pumpkins have something called beta carotene, which our bodies convert into Vitamin A, a nutrient that is essential for healthy vision, skin and development.''
If you'd like to start incorporating pumpkin into your diet, or already are a fan but in need of new ideas, you will find these pumpkin recipes useful.
Pumpkin Chana Dal Masala
Give your regular chana dal recipe an upgrade with our yummy and nutritious pumpkin chana dal for a protein-packed meal.
Kaddu Ka Halwa
Made with khoya, pumpkin, milk and cardamom, kaddu halwa is a delicious Indian sweet and our version is sure to be a hit in your home.
White Pumpkin Curry
Try our soothing white pumpkin curry recipe made with ingredients like fenugreek, mustard seeds, grated coconut and more. Pair it with piping hot rice for a comforting meal.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup
Looking for a snack that is both delicious and easy to cook? This vegan pumpkin soup made with almond milk and chilli flakes ought to do the trick.
Cheesy Baked Pumpkin
Your regular, healthy pumpkin recipe might not be popular with the kids but this baked and cheesy version, with a lasagna-like consistency, might just be.
Pro-tip: Stop buying pumpkin seeds! Next time you're done using the vegetable, don't need to throw out the seeds. To prepare toasted pumpkin seeds, heat your oven to 120C. Layout your seeds on a baking sheet. Make sure they are not overlapping and try to get a nice flat layer. Roast for an hour and voila!
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