I have to confess I have had a slight pumpkin fetish lately! Pumpkins are seasonal in India at the moment and they are full of nutrients and easy to digest, a perfect food to balance your energies and nourish your soul.
I have been experimenting some with some different ways to use them so here are 3 of my favs!
Spiced Pumpkin smoothie
The perfect way to start your morning an autumn day. Full of nourishment and yumminess!
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin (boiled and pureed)
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 pitted dates
- 1 desert spoon of peanut butter
- 1 cup of almond milk
- half teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 cardamon seed
(the cardamon really makes it but if you don’t have those you could also use some mixed spice)
ps. I stole the photo for this because I don’t own a glass!
Sweet Pumpkin curry
This is a really warming recipe, it was so tasty and perfect for those chili autumn days. I ate it on its own topped with some coconut milk and cashews but its also great served with rice.
- 2 cups of pumpkin, cleaned and chopped
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- garam masala spice
- Heat the oil on a pan, add onions garlic and ginger, fry for a few minutes
- Add the pumpkin, half a teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of masala spice, toss for 1 – 2 minutes.
- Add some water – just enough to barely cover the pumpkin.
- Allow to simmer until pumpkin is soft ( 7-10 minutes)
- I like to mash it a little after it’s cooked to give it a nice texture.
Quinoa and pumpkin salad
I always love trying a new salad idea, this one I randomly invented with all the things I had in my kitchen! I just the colors in it!
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 carrot
- 1 beetroot
- 1 cup of pumpkin
- For the dressing – tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, masala spice!
- Cook the quinoa with a pinch of salt and some turmeric powder.
- Cook the pumpkin until tender. (I boiled it but if I had an oven I would have roasted it with some mixed herbs)
- Grate the carrot and beeetroot.
- serve with the tahini dressing and cashew nuts.
Hope you enjoy some of my pumpkin recipes!
Lots of love xx