Thursday, October 24, 2013

Yam and Pumpkin Curry

Hi Friends,

This dish comes from Chattishgarh. I learned about it from my friend Deepa who hails from Chattishgarh. Madhya Pradesh is famous for Yam(Desi alu) and Arvi(Saru). Combining Yam and Pumpkin and making it into a complete dish is something that she taught me. Well, after my marriage when I prepared this dish, my husband was happy. Now a days, he demands to have this dish prepared.

Lets now have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients :- 

150 gms Yam
150 gms Pumpkin
2 tbsp Cumin seeds
2 Onions chopped
4 to 5 flakes garlic
1 inch ginger chopped
4 tbsp oil
1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
2 green chili
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp garam masala
2 tomatoes
salt to taste

Method :-
 Wash, peel and cut the Yam into medium size pieces. Cut Pumpkin into same size. Heat a pan, add about 1 tbsp oil and fry the Yam till it turns golden brown. Remove and keep aside, fry the pumpkins till brown spots appear on it sides.  Remove and keep aside. In same pan add 1 tbsp cumin seeds, when it starts to splutter add green chili, onion, garlic and ginger. Fry till onion turns pink. Remove and using a blender, blend the mixture along with tomatoes to make a thick paste. Now, heat the pan again. Add little oil. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add the paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder , garam masala and salt . Add little water if it turns to be thick. When the gravy starts to boil add the Yam and pumpkin. Cook for 3 to 4 mins. You can make the gravy as you like, if you want more gravy add water. I have reduced the gravy and have made to just coat each Yam and Pumpkin pieces. 

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves. This goes well with rice and chapati.

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