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Showing posts with label gourds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gourds. Show all posts

October 16, 2012

It's Pumpkin Picking Time!!

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, everywhere!

It's that time of the season again. What's your favorite variety? I never knew there were so many varieties of pumpkins until I went to farmers' markets and picking myself. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to do a little digging to learn more about this "fruit". Did you know that it was a fruit? Each variety has unique attributes in color, texture, taste and usage (such as baking, cooking, decorating). Here's some interesting nutritional facts:

- High in fiber
- Low in calories, cholesterol, and Saturated fat
- A good source of:
            - Vitamin A
            - Vitamin E
            - Thiamin
            - Niacin
            - Vitamin B6
            - Folate
            - Iron
            - Magnesium
            - Potassium
            - Phosphorus and more
- Even the seeds are high in protein, iron, & B vitamins.  

Now that we know a bit more about their nutritional value, it's time to get cooking. But which type of pumpkin is good for baking and/or cooking? New England Sugar or Baby Pam Sugar Pies are good for baking because they tend to have a sweeter flavor. For Indian cooking, we prefer West Indian Pumpkin also known as Calabaza Squash. It's great for curries and spicy soups. Check out our recipes below:

Seasoned Pumpkin & Butternut Squash Curry

Chunky Pumpkin Sambhar


September 29, 2012

Celebrating Autumn With A Cornucopia of Gourds

One of my favorite seasons is Autumn and the colorful foliage. You see, our house is surrounded by these tall, towering trees and so there are lots of leaves. Sometimes, I get these urges to jump into a large pile of them and roll around. One of these days I will. For now, I'll just sit outside on the deck and enjoy the leaves falling in the morning light. One can't help but appreciate Nature's wondrous beauty in all forms and colors. Another reason I love this time of the year is the pumpkins. All the houses on our block have these intricately carved pumpkins out on the porch for the upcoming holiday, Halloween. Besides the pumpkins, we like putting a cornucopia of gourds to celebrate the new season. It's an explosion of yellows, oranges and reds; decorating is so much fun. We also love cooking with them.

Here are some of our favorite and popular recipes:
Seasoned Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Curry
Chunky Pumpkin Sambhar
Achari Chayote Curry
Shahi Korma
Long Squash Yogurt Dip
Skintastic Squash 
Sweet and Sour Chutney

Upcoming Recipes:
Guest Post: Bottle Gourds Sambhar