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Pumpkin dip/salad/hummus (पाकेको फर्सीको अचार)

Posted in : Nepali, Savory on by : Sunita Dhungana

Originally Published: Sep 2, 2015

Pumpkin hummus (pickle) (पाकेको फर्सीको अचार)

Though this humble backyard vegetable is less in calories, nonetheless, it carries vitamin , and antioxidants in abundance and  is rich in dietary fiber,  minerals. It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.  The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dietitians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

Even though this vegetable is popular  in the preparations of pies, pancakes, custard, ravioli etc. in Europe and USA, today I am sharing a Nepali recipe of making a side dish of ripe pumpkin, which is not only healthy, but also a refreshing.

Ingredients

  • Yellow ripe pumpkin -2 pounds
  • Fenugreek seed(Methi) – 1 tea spoon
  • Green chillies – to taste
  • Salt- to taste
  • Turmeric- ½ teaspoon
  • Red paprika powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 cup, freshly squeezed
  • roasted ground sesame seed – 1/2 cup (or Tahini sauce/powder if that’s easily availabe to you)
  • Oil -2 tablespoon
  • Chopped cilantro 1/2 cup (for garnishing)

Method

Peel the skin of the pumpkin and cut it into small cubes. Heat a thick bottomed pan, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add fenugreek seed, and let it splutter. When they turn golden brown in color, turmeric, chilles, pumpkin, and salt. Cover the pan and let it cook in low flame until pumpkin is well done. Pumpkin will first leave a lot of water. Cook it until all the water is evaporated and a thick hummus like paste of pumpkin is left behind. At this point, sprinkle the roasted sesame powder along with lemon juice. Keep in stirring the mix until sesame powder and lemon juice is well incorporated in to the pumpkin paste. At the end, garnish with chopped cilantro.

Why Pumpkin? Because it carries vitamin, antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals. Low calorie 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories. -Pumpkin Farshi achar- Easy fusion recipe!

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