Archive for September 19, 2006
Pumpkin-truly Pumps up your Kins! J
With loads of Vitamins ,Minerals, Carotenes this orange fleshy vegetable (I am calling this as a vegetable - that’s what it is regarded as in India) is rich in fibre and low in calories and Cholesterol. So many benefits and yet I am surprised this vegetable doesn’t enjoy the popularity it should. I know many people who will say ‘Pumpkin..yuck!’. Bhopla (in Marathi) or Kaddu (in Hindi) is looked down upon by many people. In fact Pumpkins are quite versatile and can be added to many recipes like soups, curries, Sambar,Puris,cakes,pies -the list is endless.
Each and every part of this plump vegetable is edible, tasty and nutritious- The flesh , the seeds and the skin too!(We make a delicious chutney from the skin)
So here’s Pumpkins Parathas for Meetas FMR
3 Cups Whole wheat flour
1 cup grated Pumpkin (we call it Lal Bhopla here, the flat round variety)
2 tsp chopped fresh green coriander leaves
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp ajowain seeds
2 tsp green chilli paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp lime juice (optional)
Salt as per taste
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.Pumpkin contains lots of water, so knead the dough in it. Use more water if required and knead into a soft pliable dough.Don’t keep the dough for long.
Immediately make small lime size balls of the dough.Roll out each ball on a flat surface with a rolling pin into a circle. Dust some wheat flour if required.On a hot griddle/tava, cook each paratha on both sides applying little oil on both sides.
Serve hot with curds(yoghurt) or some achaar,Chutney.