A favoured vegetable
Pumpkin is one of my favourite vegetables, maybe because it is sweet! Maybe that’s why I am now destined to eat it more often than planned. When we cut up a pumpkin or two for the customers we will be left with pieces of it which will either be added to the team lunch next day or comes home with me. So , there we we go with yet another pumpkin dish adding to our fairly large repertoire of pumpkin dishes.
It is when we lived in the west that we realized how inextricably linked pumpkins are with autumn. We used to drive by vast pumpkin patches with the leaves drying and the orange pumpkins lying in their splendour. The colour scheme of the season was pumpkin, pumpkins were the motif for anything from curtains to home décor. Most importantly it went into pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup and pumpkin everything. My favourite was and is pumpkin soup which sustained us through winter months. Most of our organic farmer friends harvested and stored pumpkins through the winter , which along with potatoes and apples lasted almost till the end of winter.
I made pumpkin soup simply by steaming the pumpkins and then blending it with nut milk (coconut mainly, milk or cream are equally good options or other nut milks). Add it to sauted and ground spices like cinnamon, pepper and ginger and salt to taste. Spices can vary with our personal preferences. Mix everything and stir it on low fire and lo and presto you have a filling pumpkin soup. Garnish with mint leaves. It goes with a nice chunk of wheat bread or as I have now discovered, adding a couple of spoons of brown/red rice also makes a filling meal.
Closer home, pumpkins are a staple in the south Indian diet, it is in sambar giving a sweetish flavour, we prepare the kerala erissery ( pumpkin and thatta payaru with the ever present coconut)I and pumpkin is my staple filler for salads. It is absolutely delicious when grated and added to the salad. So try organic pumpkins this week and next, experiment ….maybe you will come up with the delicious pumpkin bread or cake or something entirely new….
Bio Basics carries organic pumpkins from local farmers almost through the year except for some gaps when they run out!SHARE it! ... and spread the good word!