So, how did my experimental curried pumpkin turns out? Â It was fabulous! Â So delicious, it deserves another post and a proper recipe:
If you are adventurous, try to do it when you have guests over for dinner and I bet they are going to be bowled over with this pumpkin in it’s own shell. Â However, for the benefit o the less adventurous, let’s do a recipe without needing an oven. Which means, you cook the curry, put it into the pumpkin and heat through.
However, Â I baked mine in the oven for almost two hours (ouch,$$$$$ Â the electricity the oven must have consumed!) Â If you wish to bake it, remember to wash your pumpkin very, very thoroughly before you even cut it. Â Pumpkins grow on the ground, if I am not mistaken. So, it has been in contact with the earth for a while.
Is this delicous or what? Â Yummy on its own too. Â Ok, here’s the recipe:
- One handful of lentils – soak in hot water for at least an hour
- One pumpkin the size of a football – wash thoroughly. Â Cut off the top and scrapped out the seeds and stringy parts. Â Then, use an icecream scoop or any large metal spoon, scrap out the flesh in huge chunks. Â I tried using a knife to cut but it wasn’t easy. Â Put the chunks of flesh in a bowl.
- Next, heat some olive oil and stir fry till fragrant the followings:
1/2 teaspoon of cummins
1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds
2 teaspoon of meat curry powder
1 sprig of curry leaves
some dried Western herbs like rosemary/basil or you can omit if you don’t have them
- After that, add some meats, whether Â mutton/beef/chicken or like me, I used bacon bits. Â Stir and add in the pumpkin. Â Add some salt to flavour.
- Add enough water to cover. Â To get the creamy taste, either add some coconut milk or yoghurt or like me, I used double-cream. Â 🙂
- Now, if you are going to bake it, put all the ingredients back into the hollow pumpkin and bake it for 1+ hours (until the lentils are soft) at 180 deg. celcius.
Otherwise, just simmer the pumpkin in a pan, covered. Â Until the lentils are soften. Â It was the lentils that took up the cooking time. Â You can omit it and you will cut short a lot of time. Â However, the lentils give the pumpkin the lovely flavour and also an extra ‘bite’. Â My lentil wasn’t soft enough and I can still chew on them.
Well, if you cooked the pumpkin and meats separately, you can still use the hollow shell. Â However, remember to put the whole pumpkin into the oven or use the microwave oven to at least heat the whole thing through. Â You musn’t use it raw because the parts are all contaminated with water and may cause tummy aches.
I could eat the pumpkin on its own. Â Or you can eat it with white rice. Â Otherwise, boil some pasta and eat as accompaniment. Â Any which way, pumpkin is good.