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My pumpkin curry recipe

Not a silly question. Curry powder is actually just a blend of several spices which was invented to approximate the flavor of the spices we've already included in this recipe individually.

Curry leaves are a whole different thing - they are the fresh leaves of a small tree, and they impart a fragrant and slightly bitter flavor. You can find them fresh at any decent Indian market, but if you can't find them then don't worry about it. You can safely leave them out and the dish won't suffer.

Dec 12, 2011
1adam12 in Home Cooking

My pumpkin curry recipe

karykat, like many curries it's actually fine to make this a day or two in advance. No need to save the last 15 minutes. The flavors blend better and the final dish is tastier if you let it sit in the fridge beforehand.

Nov 22, 2011
1adam12 in Home Cooking

Where can I find good fresh pumpkins near Boston?

The hubbard squash is sweet and has a soft shell that makes for easy preparation. Good overall flavor.

The Italian ribbed pumpkin is a HUGE pain to shell - the shell is as hard as old shoe leather even after roasting. I couldn't cut this at all with my regular knife, so I roasted it and then scooped. Ended up using it for pumpkin ravioli. Has a mild flavor with light melon overtones, not particularly sweet.

Queensland blue is a delicious pumpkin. Strong pumpkin flavor, sweet but not as sweet as the hubbard. My second-favorite pumpkin variety.

Haven't used the long island cheese yet.

Nov 14, 2011
1adam12 in Greater Boston Area

My pumpkin curry recipe

Hi all,
Allstonian in the Boston board suggested that I post up my pumpkin curry recipe, so here it is. Hope you enjoy it, and if there are questions then please do ask!

13.5 fl oz can coconut milk
2 cups water
2 lbs pumpkin. Jarrahdale is best. Queensland blue is also good for this recipe. Can also substitute hubbard squash, but reduce to 3 dried pears to compensate for extra sweetness.
2 onions, sliced
9 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cinammon
1 tsp ground ginger
4 small hot red peppers, finely sliced
gee or a neutral oil (peanut, for example) for frying
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
8 - 10 curry leaves
4 dried pears, chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt

Prepare the pumpkin by cutting into halves and roasting in an oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until soft enough to easily shell and cube but NOT so soft that the pumpkin is falling apart.

Add gee to frying pan. Fry cumin, turmeric, and coriander, pepper, and cinammon for a few seconds. Add onion and pumpkin, and fry until onion starts to soften.

Add water, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, curry leaves, and red pepper to pan. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Add chopped dried pear, and continue to cook until pumpkin is soft, about 15 minutes.

Add garam masala and salt, stir, simmer 3 more minutes, and serve.

Nov 14, 2011
1adam12 in Home Cooking

Where can I find good fresh pumpkins near Boston?

I'm posting it over in home cooking. Sorry for the delay!

Nov 14, 2011
1adam12 in Greater Boston Area

Where can I find good fresh pumpkins near Boston?

Wilson's. Uncut pumpkins were $0.79 / lb, and there were several varieties. I got a Queensland blue, Long Island cheese, Italian ribbed, and a Hubbard squash.

Nov 02, 2011
1adam12 in Greater Boston Area

Where can I find good fresh pumpkins near Boston?

Thanks guys. I now have four different varieties of very nice pumpkins sitting in my pantry, not counting the one that got made into a huge batch of pumpkin curry!

Nov 02, 2011
1adam12 in Greater Boston Area

Where can I find good fresh pumpkins near Boston?

I've been trying to track down good cooking pumpkins for savory dishes, and been turning up blanks most everywhere. All I find are worthless jacks, or (if I'm "lucky") sugar pumpkins. What I'm looking for are hubbard squash, or even better Jarrahdale pumpkins or Queensland blues. There must be a store or farm around Boston that has better varieties - anyone know of one?

Oct 29, 2011
1adam12 in Greater Boston Area